Your evaluation is really appreciated. I've been hungering to buy the same lens for a bit and am saving up money.
Here in the United States, the lens continues to be sold by Nikon dealers. The cost (with California tax) comes to $1160. But many DX camera owners are rushing to exchange those for FX format bodies and consequently a great assortment of DX lenses are offered for sale used.
The 80-200 even finds application on video cameras. That surprised me. I live just a few miles from Hollywood and an 80-200 turned up for sale on Craigslist, a localized rendition of eBay. This item was in stellar condition and so it was priced a bit higher than others. Even so, it amounted to about 60% of the new, retail price.
I prefer to use a tripod, so VR doesn't appeal to me. But the faster f-stop on the 80-200 does. When I shot film, my 300mm ED Nikon lens saw a lot of use. That focal length simply worked for me, and the 80-200 will match the coverage.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Oh, and I've been to Ayershire a few times. I worked for Flying Tigers and the airline had a base at Prestwick Airport.