I have recently changed my 70-200mm f/2.8 ver 1 with ver 3, as I had read that ver 3 was the best and ver 2 the worst – not a lot. Due to the Covid-19 I have not yet had the opportunity to test it, but I was extremely surprised to read the following this morning! Erik Christensen in a misguided effort to "improve" the already phenomenal II... Nikon tweaked the lens dynamic to get "more" edge to edge sharpness. In doing so, more so than even in the second edition... They lost sharpness across the lens field. I have about 46 professional photographers as personal friends both across the globe and local to me. None of them like and most are pissed about the latest edition. I rented it for 3 months to check if I would like it... I had no less than three copies sent to me. Everyone was softer across the image field. Soon enough, videos were showing up on YouTube and emails and conversations arrived at the same conclusion. It's a no-go. The only people praising this version are owners that only own/have used this edition. So they have nothing to compare it to. Or they are paid content providers that get remuneration for Hawking it to others. Rent it and rent the previous edition. Take a TON of pictures, pixel peep and soon enough you'll see the dramatic differences... Let me be honest I believe members of PN more than FB, but are there people here, who can support the above statement about the ver 3?