Maybe not the fastest AF, maybe not the best looker or latest design, but optically this lens is an absolute belter. I've done a lot of festival work and this is just peachy working from stage front for artist portraits. Super sharp, light, compact, gorgeous bokeh. With a D300 or other DX it's long enough for wildlife, and on a tripod for landscape it's breathtaking. I've had mine for 9 years and absolutely love it. Now I've got the D600 (JOY!) this lives on the old D300. Considered changing it for a zoom but every time I look at the results I've achieved with this baby I opt to stick with it.