Actually most reviews I read, people liked the lens. The sequence pics in the first post are all wide open at 300. Not too shabby. Next time I will try the same thing at 200 f8 which is supposed to be the sharpest part of the lens. Interesting to see if their is much of a visible difference in real life shots. I'll keep you posted...I have been very, very pleased with the D7000+70-300VR combo. I'm not sure why people are down on this lens. It's been an excellent performer for me at all focal lengths.