Not too bad, beren23! Did you support the cam/lens or were you free-standing?
ANother way to increase the probability if a "hit": shoot three pics in a row
Hi, thank you both for your comments.
I was free-standing at my house's balcony. Now that you mention it, I could have tried to lay a bit on the barandal for better support. Half a second without tripod is perhaps way too long time even for stabilized lens, I think it was a lucky shot, but I don't think I would've been so lucky without VR.
It's definitively a good tip what you say about taking three shots in a row, next time I'll put the camera in continous shoot mode and see how I fare.
If I can think of a "but" for this lens is the aperture at full telephoto, F/5.6 is not too bad but I think that low light performance would have been a lot better if it had F/4 as it does at 55mm, but then a lens with greater aperture maintaining image quality would have been a lot more expensive. Anyway I think it's a great step-forward from the non VR version, maximum aperture in the older model is the same so there's no improvement in DOF, but at least VR will allow to miss less shots because of long exposure times.
Speaking of DOF, given it's limitations this lens does give a very nice bokeh. Here is another picture I took yesterday, the zoom was at 65mm and the camera was in portrait mode (f/4.2, 1/125s and ISO 450)