Can you get any more lowly than the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro? Can't give them away here....can't get three digits for them on Craig's list...and listing them on eBay is like playing Russian roulette. Moreover, sometimes when focused far away from the subject the lens needs to be refocused on something else to "recover". That's the bad news. The good news is that for $200 or less you can have a sharp 70-300mm that handily outperforms the non-VR Nikon and gives the VR version a run for its money. Moreover it is light, easy to handhold, and once you master it's quirks, pretty darn sharp from 70 up to 300mm. The trick is in that last sentence...mastering the len's quirks. The biggest one is the need to switch to Macro mode to use the 200-300mm range. The len's propensity to be sharp to 200mm and then fall apart in normal mode is well known. What is not well known is that a simple switch to macro makes the 200m-300mm range very sharp as well, not only for macro work, but for general photography in addition. Here are examples at the so-called "weak" far end. The bird shots are heavily cropped: My cat, Lenny: Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Birds in the backyards (handheld - atop 40' high trees): Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) View attachment 239186 View attachment 239187 And here is its capability at the 70mm end: For what it costs this is an amazingly capable lens....IF you learn your way around its quirks. There really is no reason to deny yourself the pleasures and learning of using long glass even if you can't afford the good stuff right now...or ever, for that matter. You can take good pics with this lens. Usual disclaimer et al. I just think it is a bargain and wanted to draw it to your attention.