I have concluded the 70-200VR is a MUST own lens. The sharpness, color fidelity and bokeh is unparalled. It beats hands down every lens I have had before and represents $1600 very well spent. No doubt about it. In my humble opinion this is one of my best bird captures ever thanks to this great lens. To those considering buying this lens I say don't waste any more time. That's my 2 cents and I am sticking with it.