<ramble alert caused by long work hours lately> So I was on the verge of finally buying myself a decent long lens. 200 f2 or 300 f2.8 survived the process. The 200 being attractive because of its incredible image quality wide open and not so long that I can't use it indoors. But that is a serious investment, and I haven't shown enough interest in long shooting to justify firing quite so large a torpedo into the side of my toy budget. Then again it IS a chicken/egg thing. And yeah, birds of prey land on my fence several times per week so I don't even need to get in my car to "need" a long lens. There's also the kids and the many things they will be doing that would call for it. And I don't think i would be happy with anything less, though I guess the 300 f4 would be a decent compromise if it had VR. Such is gear lust, I suppose. To be perfectly honest, I enjoy the dickens out of it, even when I don't spend the money. I learn a lot along the way. Oh, and I did decide to buy myself a consolation prize. The 85 PC. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: I am also buying all of that new flash stuff as soon as I can. I figure it will be a while before I figure out how to improve my floral still lifes using that lens. Let the fun begin! PS, I never did find a source of examples form that lens! Why is that? I'll be happy to supply some if they turn out well enough.