My issue with that lens is that Nikon moved the zoom ring to the front of the lens. To me that seems like it would be difficult to use/zoom hand held. I would have to actually try it to see what the balance and handling is like. I like my 70-200/4 with the zoom ring where it is, which is perfect for handheld use. I hold the lens at the balance point of the lens+camera, and my fingers easily turn the zoom ring. Maybe if you shoot on a monopod, then a front zoom ring is farther from the monopod so your hand has more clearance.