Can't wait for your review.
Huh, the flare looks familiar - the Canon DOs had that as well.
Although I have never seen those halos before. Sort of ... impressive. :ph34r:
Rare halos must be one reason for the price of this lens. Toooooooo baaaad, you don't test the VR. It's exotic behaviour is the next reason. But still, after learning a couple of "doing this or that is asking for problems"-issues, I still like it's weight.
I'm curious too, because I don't know what I could have done if this lens were announced before my decision to switch to Sony. I could have bought it, because it must be - flares aparts, let's see your review - excellent for wildlife, hand-held; and a recent buy in the Nikon side could have disrupted my strategy.
Sony a6300, Sony a6000, Sony NEX-6, Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS, Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS, Sigma 150-600mm Æ’/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary, Samyang 12mm Æ’/2, Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN | A, Meyer Gorlitz Trioplan 100mm Æ’/2.8, Samyang 8mm Æ’/3.5 fish-eye II | Zenit Helios 44-2 58mm Æ’/2
Plus some legacy Nikkor lenses.
Wildlife with only 300/4? It's not too bad, but a lot of comparisons came to the conclusion, the old version was equally good, just heavier. For sure, the old version had better contact to the tripod collar. This I explicitely tested: Using the collar will cause more shutter shock issues than mounting the D810 directly on a tripod. Same results I also found with the latest version of 70-200/4