As much as I hate to part with them, I am really contemplating selling my 85/1.8 and 180/2.8 and some other stuff I have lying around and buy myself a 70-200/2.8 VR. I have been quite happy with this duo as far as IQ is concerned but I came to realize that I lacked quite a bit of versatility when shooting in some venues so I am currently looking for a zoom. I know I could probably get a Sigma or a Nikon 80-200 for a fraction of the 70-200 VR but I don't intend to sell this one for quite a while so I guess I better bite the bullet now and get myself the real thing. :biggrin: Now... I'm not rich so I must weigh my choices carefully before I take a decision. First, with Nikon's lousy warranty potilics, only the first owner is entitled to the warranty. Also, living in Canada, if I buy a USA model, Nikon Canada will not touch it even with a 100 feet pole. That's a big factor for me. So if I go with a used one, I guess the savings I make should theoretically cover most of an eventual repair bill if I need to send it to the shop. If I buy it new, I get a 5 years Canadian warranty. That would cover the most critical period and I should be able to send it in before the warranty expires to have it thoroughly checked out. But we are now talking many hundred dollars more. Is it worth is in order to get 5 years warranty ? For those of you who own this lens, have you had any problems with it that is worth mentioning ? It will be my primary lens for shooting sports like dirt bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles and race cars. I will also use it for indoor sports - that's why I want the VR. As you can see, I'll use it in very different conditions and I just want to make sure I keeps on working. I am a serious amateur/semi-pro photographer and I eventually supplement my income with pictures I take at sport events so I don't want to end up with a very expensive paper weight. As always, your thoughts are always welcomed and appreciated.