I bought this lens to just try because there is no closer "80-200 replacement for DX" in Nikon offering. I was very disappointed and send it to Nikon check if it was intended to be like that.
It came back saying it is indeed ok, so i sold it the day later.
VR really works but lens is too soft to be for any benefit.
If you need some "so so" lens for backup camera, family trips when big lenses gotta stay at home, get 18-200 instead.
Nikon, give us 50-150 lens with 80-200 quality!