To make a long story short, I couldn't quite justify the price of a 70-200VR because this is a hobby, so I settled for what some might call the next best thing. I recevied my lens from a cafe member, minty and seems to be in excellent working order. I have just shot around the house and have tried to shoot it wide open most of the time (reason I bought it otherwise I would just continue to use my 70-300VR). I have noticed on some shots that there is a slight front focus and it seems to happen more when zoomed in at or close to 200mm. I too have noticed that 1/500 SS or so seems to be the minimum in order to get some sharp pics. I guess I am kind of spoiled by my 70-300VR that is very sharp at low SS. At any rate for all you sharpness fanatics tell me what you think about these pics. My focus point is the "R" in progresso (center can :biggrin: ) and if you notice the right most can seems to be blurry or out of focus. The left most can is what concerns me because it not quite as blurry and the last "S" and "O" in progresso seem to start getting sharp. I took some candids of my girls and most where in the 120-200mm range which is where I noticed their collars, neckline, hair, and ears would sometimes be a bit sharper than their eyes which is where I placed the focus point. f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/10, @ 135mm tripod mounted left most can seems to have similar sharpness as center one, but the right one is blurred! f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/10, @ 200mm tripod mounted. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) This is more or less what I am seeing in some pics. The focus point was directly on her left eye but it seems that the bubby is much more sharper. Manual mode, f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/250, @155mm w/shoe mounted SB800 View attachment 247958 These are a 100% crops by the way so I am wondering if maybe some fine tunning would do the trick? I have read many old post tonight and it seems that some have seen very little difference form +20 to - 20. I mainly bought this lens to shoot my nephews football games and I needed something that focuses fast. I figured that I can also shoot wide open if I ever need to pick up a little more SS.