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Sharp­ness and con­trast are im­pres­sive through­out the zoom range, al­though sharp­ness drops off a lit­tle at the long end com­pared with the di­rectly com­pet­ing Nikon and Tam­ron lenses. Colour fring­ing and dis­tor­tions are well con­trolled, and over­all per­for­mance is very good for a lens of this price. The fact that this lens is an f-stop slower than com­pet­ing 70-200mm lenses in the group isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing – it means it’s rel­a­tively com­pact and light­weight at 78x179mm and 850g.

This cer­tainly en­ables much more com­fort­able hand­held pho­tog­ra­phy for long pe­ri­ods of time, which also gets a boost from a par­tic­u­larly well im­ple­mented VR (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) sys­tem. Nikon of­fi­cially gives it a five-stop rat­ing, al­though that’s since been re­vised down slightly to com­ply with CIPA stan­dards (as with many other Nikon lenses).

Due to the lens’s rel­a­tively light weight, no tri­pod col­lar is

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