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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S

Review Date: Aug 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Price, portability, VR, overall performance.
Slow AF at 300mm. Soft from 200mm... Dust-sucker...

It's a great piece of glass to travel light, just don't expect miracles... I mainly needed it's long end, so after getting quite disappointed by it's performance at 300mm i've unloaded the lens picked up the 300/4 instead... I'm much happier with the output of the 300/4... wide open it's waaay sharper and renders much better than the 70-300VR at f/8 (at 300mm)... But, i do miss the 70-300's VR, size and zoom range...

There's no golden middle in photography... you pull at one end - gotta give at the other one... Want the best possible IQ? Get a truck ready to haul your sh#t... For the rest, learn to leave with compromises... lot's of them...