Hi, Thanks to all posts by NikonCafe members :x , I couldn't bear the pain of not having the 70-200VR anymore. I relented to LLD and picked up a used copy at a very good price. I thought I had it good with the Sigma 70-200 EX HSM but am pleasantly surprised with the performance of the 70-200VR. My yield rate has increased quite a bit and I think VR might be the reason for that. I have had it for the last couple of weeks. We went on a vacation to the Oregon coast where I practised my skills with it. I really like the lens. I will post the Oregon shots later as I have not yet processed any of them. A brief look tells me that I have a few that might be worth posting. In the meantime, We took our son to the McChord AFB Air Show last Sunday. It was a blast and we all enjoyed it very much. It was really HOT and we found ourselves looking for shade most of the time. I managed to get quite a few shots at the airshow. I am including some below. More photos can be seen at http://jayr.smugmug.com/gallery/703665 Regards.