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