One word....Sharp! Completely impressed with this lens. It worked extremely well to cover a couple school events for my kids. While I don't do a lot of cropping, when I zoomed in 1:1 in post processing, I was amazed at how sharp the images turned out. This is a lens that I may have to start saving to buy so I can always have it in the bag.
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
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This is a high-performance telephoto zoom lens that has been designed to meet the demands of both digital and 35mm format SLR users. The NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens from Nikon is designed for full-frame Nikon FX-format cameras, in addition this G-series lens is also compatible with Nikon's cropped DX-format cameras. When attached to a cropped sensor camera, it turns the 70-200mm focal length into the 35mm equivalent of a 105-300mm zoom - with a maximum f/4 aperture throughout the zoom on either FX- or DX-format.
Featuring three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that ensure superior optical performance, providing better sharpness and color correction. Nikon's VR (vibration reduction) system prevents camera shake and allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent of using a shutter speed that is five stops faster when compared with a conventional lens. The Silent Wave Motor and Internal Focusing result in fast and quiet focusing action and the nine-blade rounded diaphragm creates beautiful softly blurred backgrounds (bokeh) with a more natural appearance.
With a great telephoto zoom range, 5-stops of vibration reduction, and high quality optics, the NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens provides sharp and clear images in bright sunlight or dim twilight.
This lens is my favorite from Nikon. It is as sharp as a ginsu knife and will surprise even the most advanced photographer. Also despite the way it looks it is not that big of a pain to lug around. I spent 9 hours taking practice shots in different locations and I found it easy to handle. The balance allows for easy shooting without assistance.