I know there have been a lot of threads lately about the 300 f/2.8 lenses, but I just purchased the AF-S II model from another member here on the Cafe this week and I must say it is everything you could possibly imagine. I noticed on one of my shots how it completely killed the background at f/2.8...so I wanted to do a test. Here is a shot with woods behind the focus with the camera set to f/22: And here is the same shot at f/2.8 with the background completely shot so much that it looks like there's a backdrop behind it. And here's a shot showing off the bokeh and sharpness of the lens. To say the least I am smitten...I can't wait to try it out for sports!