The 70-200 VR
is an outstanding lens with very good optics. I don't own one but have used one a couple of times. I've never seen a bad review of it.
I use the 80-200 f2.8 Nikkor http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80200.htm
which has been reviewed by many all over the net. The 80-200mm obviously doesn't have VR
, which can be helpful in a long lens but to be honest I just can't justify the extra money for a slightly wider VR
lens. The 80-200 is probably one of Nikons best lenses ever and is a bargain next to the 70-200.
If your budget is $1500 you will have money left over to get another decent lens.
The 70-200 reviewed, http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/70200vr.htm
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