I am wanting longer reach than my 70-300 VR provides and am considering the 300 f4 AFS, 300 2.8 AFS VR, or the 200-400 AFS VR. As strictly and amature my sensibility tell me that the 300 f4 and a TC is the way to go. I am worried that I will miss the VR that the 300 f4 doesn't have though. I can afford the 300 2.8 AFS VR or the 200-400 but I would have to do some really fast talking to my wife as to why these lenses are worth $3-4K. I am also thinking that as an amature that these lenses are way out of my league and that I would not be able to get the most out of them. So I guess my main question after all this rambling is how many of you that own the 300 2.8 or 200-400 VR are amatures and don't rely on these expesive lenses to provide income.