Day before yesterday I was waiting for a storm to pass by to photograph in my garden. That storm never made it. Today we had two storms, one of them with light rain and about 3 hours later another one that poured a good amount of rain on our pretty dry lawn. I ventured into our garden with my ancient D1X and 80-400 VR lens. VR off because I had the combo on my Manfrotto tripod. The last time I used this lens was on my D70s and I tell you AF was fast and precise with the D1X. I set the camera to ISO 400 since it was a little dark. The lens was set to 400mm wide open. It appears to me to be slightly soft at this aperture but close 1 stop, or better yet, close 2 and the sharpness is excellent. I am sure this lens performs very nicely with the FX cameras. I burned-in just a little the areas around the flower and the result was that now the new flower on top appear to be under directional lighting, a nice touch. I cropped to taste to eliminate unwanted detail. The rain, still hanging on flowers and leaves, reinforces the visual design. These are my favorite flowers to photograph. William Rodriguez Miami, Florida.