Figured with the DX format, the earlier version would be just as good. I also went with a 1.7 teleconverter and a new monopod.
Yes ... The I own the original. On DX, it is a true star. On FX, it is GREAT up to about 135mm ... From 135-200 it is useless as a landscape lens, but just fine for portaits and sports where the corners don't matter.
I have shot it on both my D700 and a D300s. Even with it's shortcomings, it is my most used lens.
From 135-200 on FX, the corners aren't just soft ... they are smeared ... Especially at 200.
I also use it with the 1.7 ... Which fixes the corner issue, but softens it overall. Once you get to f8 and above, you get really nice performance with the TC.