Does anybody have it ? used it? What do you think about it? I consider buying it (a while, I was inclined to buy the 55-200 Vr but it seems that the 100 mm and VR II instead of VR does the trick better and is worth the bigger price...)
I haven't used it but it has a super huge zoom range for an extremely low price so that tells me it's perfect for the general consumer who primarily takes pics during family vacations, their kids opening birthday presents, etc. That's a pretty slow lens too which sucks in low-light. Nikon makes great glass for pros but this looks like a consumer lens. Typically, you get what you pay for. Your best bet is to stop in your local camera shop and pop one on your camera for some test shots .. then go back home and evaluate them.
I don't personally own it, however I was told that it gets pretty soft after 200mm. I was going to upgrade my 55-200 VR to the 55-300 but decided not to chance it.
I get great, sharp, shots with my 55-200, and honestly I found that in many cases the VR degrades my image quality (slightly but noticeable). I am going to compile some images one of these days side by side with VR on and off to show the differences. Not a HUGE deal but I get pretty picky when I zoom to 100% and up.
Again, I have not used the 55-300 but I can strongly recommend the 55-200 for the price point. No it's not an F1.8 but if you don't need it, you don't need to shell out a couple grand for it.