9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2786 times:
Hello, I've been using the 70-300VR for over 4-years now. As with most lenses, when shooting in ideal conditions, I've found that optimal sharpness is achieved at around f8-9 with VR at Normal Mode (YMMV), unless you're panning, then switch it to Active Mode. That's pretty much it.
yerbol From Kazakhstan, joined Feb 2010, 203 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2734 times:
Very good lens for the price. Best at F8. Not so heavy as 80-400 or 120-400 lenses therefore easy to use and carry. Crop 1.5 gives you 105-450mm so if you have a 18-105mm kit lens, you covered from 18 till 450mm.
megatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2681 times:
Love this lens. I pair it with the Sigma 150-500OS.
Best shot at f/8. Sharpness decreases a little once you pass 250mm but only problematic if you worry about acceptance criteria. My shots past 250mm are just fine, but then again I don't look at my photos @ 200% like most here do.
SNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 24 Reply 5, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
I used the lens for a short while on my D700. IQ is very mediocre. As others pointed out, it's OK up to 200mm, especially when stopped down, but after that it's substandard. Shot wide open at 300mm I can see softness without having to zoom in at all. Stopped down at f/8-f/9 is passable but still soft-ish. For the money is OK. Unfortunately, there's no good alternative in this price range / focal length range. The Tamron 70-300 VC is well regarded but it seems to have similar IQ to the Nikon one, including the weak performance at 300mm.
nmraja From India, joined Jul 2009, 64 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
This is my favorite spotting lens. I always had good pictures in the 70-200/250 range. I never had better quality pictures in the 300mm range. I have used few other lenses like 18-105, 18-300 but I feel 70-300 has faster focus and is definitely lighter than 18-300. I like the 18-300 for the flexibility it gives for the range. If I am going solely for spotting, I am not leaving the 70-300.