since i received the 70-200 vr, I decided to do some IQ testing. camera was set to program, ISO 200. here are the cropped images to compare.
I used the 35mm prime, the Sigma 70-300, the Nikon 70-200 (subject of the comparison) and for giggles I tossed on the vivitar 1.4 tele
35mm F2.8 1/3200
70-200 F2.8 1/800 FL 70MM
70-200 F11 1/50 FL70mm
70-200 F2.8 1/1000 Fl 200mm
70-300 f4 1/1000 fl 70mm
70-300 f11 1/160 fl 70mm
70-300 f5.6 1/250 fl 300mm
70-200 F2.8 1/250 Fl 200mm with vivitar
70-200 F10 1/20 Fl 70mm vr on with vivitar
70-200 F11 1/15 Fl 70mm with vivitar
70-200 F2.8 1/250 Fl 70mm with vivitar
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#1. "RE: Lens IQ testing with D7100" | In response to Reply # 0dankeny Nikonian since 29th May 2006Tue 27-Aug-13 12:30 AM
Nearly all Nikon lenses are acceptably sharp. IQ testing is not for me. It requires discipline and scientific rigor that is the exact opposite of why I like photography. I can't draw any conclusions from your tests, but that doesn't mean there are none to draw. Enjoy your gear. The 70-200 has served me well. Many a fine image has come from it.