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Great, great lens.... At least it was...
on September 8, 2009
This lens would receive a 5 star rating if not for the slow autofocus. So far, that is the only drawback I've had with this lens. Sharp as can be expected at this focal length with no VR. IQ is stellar.
Good investment if you can't afford the Nikon VR.
I'm having to send the lens in for service as it's having AF issues. I've now had it about a year, and probably shot 20 times with it during that time.
Ok, so I sent the lens in for service and they come back with a quote to "fix" my lens at $400. They said they found evidence of "Shock Damage" and that the "Cam barrel is bent or cracked". This is probably something only a service tech could find, but I don't see anything to the naked eye wrong with the lens barrel. Also, the lens has been 100% in my hands since I bought it. When not using it, it stays in a Pelican case with a custom foam insert. I have NEVER hit, bent, bumped, dropped, or anything this lens. So how shock damage occurred, I will never know.
This being said, the IQ of the lens is still good, and it MF's fine. I'm just going to chalk this one up to poor build quality or poor QA'ing of the product. I don't know what else to chalk it up as. If I'd bumped or dropped the lens, I'd take full responsibility, but this is not the case.
Final thoughts. Save for the Nikon 70-200 or 80-200 2.8. :)