Got quite a few good trips planned for the near future, including one to Sequioa National Park/Kings Canyon next week. I want a good lens that I can count on the help me get some keepers. I have my wide angle covered, my mid range covered, and now I need a long range. I'd like to be able to get some bird, bird in flight, and animal shots. I can see the difference in the quality of pictures between the 80-400VR and the 200-400VR. Enough to justify the price difference? The pictures I take will only be for me. I'm not a professional. I don't even post the pictures I take. But, if I do spend the money, I won't be taking food off the table or cutting into the house hold budget. Don't get me wrong, I will feel the pinch but maybe it will be worth it.(?) Because of everyones suggestions in the past, I've gotten and been happy with my 12-24mm and my 70-200VR. I'm hoping for some more good advice! Thanks in advance!