I understand what you are saying. My approach at the scrimmage was the same way. Shoot first edit later.
The lens arrived yesterday. Certainly light for a big zoom range but not flimsy .. it has the feel in part of a smaller quality focal length lens like a fifty millimeter lens but the the zoom is not as smooth as the 80 to 200 but not bad until you get near 300 then it tightens up a bit making me conscentrate too much on adjusting the zoom. This may just take getting used too.
It is a very long skinny lens as you get to 300 mm. Almost funny looking. The auto focus does seem to lack the snap of the 80 to 200 but it has a very smooth addictive feel to it. This might be a plus when near wildlife. The 80 to 200 had a way of spooking deer stalked closely. The view in the lens is very bright.
The hood seems a bit light weight but snapping over the lens in reverse when not in use is a nifty feature.
For the money it's a great way to reach 300 mm or 450 on a DX. Have you seen the prices on a new version of the 80 to 200 f2.8 ?? Glad I have my old D lens.
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