I have bought over 20 lenses in my life, some quite expensive, but never have I been as pleased with a lens as I am with this VR Zoom lens. The voice coil vibration reduction system is quite amazing and makes a significant difference. I am using an older D100 camera which is not listed as one of the cameras recommended for this lens, but it matters not. They work perfectly together. It takes a bit of practice, however, as the image does not stabilize immediately, but requires a second or more to lock in. You notice the image stabilize and then you can shoot. With VR in normal mode, you can take pictures at 300 mm without a tripod and they are sharp. A monopod is recommended indoors, however, unless you have a fair amount of ambient light or very steady hands. If you have photoshop, or a Mac with iphoto, it is recommended that you use the raw camera images as they allow a few degrees of additional sharpening if necessary. Not sure why, but sharpening the raw VR images a few steps is successful whereas sharpening images via other formats or without VR looks fake. The optics are excellent and areas that are out of focus are pleasing and properly lit. This is a great lens, especially for outdoor nature photography or sports. It is highly recommended.