The Nikon 70-200 VR I , is an awesome lens. It feels damn good the moment I tried in on my good old D70s. However this gem may not be perfect. This is still an aging obsolete product compared to the new 70-200 VR II.
This lens really has some awesome bokeh. At 200mm F2.8 , this is a killer wildlife or portrait photo lens.
Vibration reduction or VR is a Nikon’s technology. This help to reduce camera shake and thus produces much sharper photos. I can go as low as 1/60 with VR turn at 70mm on this lens.
There are some known issue of the lens
Believe it or not, every copy of this lens that I’ve tested performed differently. I managed to get hold a copy that is super sharp even at F2.8. Some you may need to stop down to F5.6.
Like it or not, this lens is old. This means that the spare part to fix this lens are much harder to find and it’s way way too expansive. Take note that the AF-S motor drive can cost up to 500USD at the time of writing.