Having decided my lust for an 80-200 2.8 ED-IF must wait till next year, I decided to buy an el-cheapo lense instead that could give me some reach for sunlight sports and for macro....and so ordered up a very slightly used Sigma 70-300 4.0-5.6 D from Adorama. I've been playing with it since it arrived yesterday, and so far am pleasantly surprised, although it's trouble handling glare that gave rise to the APO version is apparent. Construction and handling is cheap. The photo results you can judge partially from here based on these straigh JPEG lifts from the NEFs, no PP: Oranges in Holyoke, MA on May 5. Who'da thunk! This was taken at about 6:30am this morning with the sun illuminating the summit towers, over two miles away. I was able to use a high shutter speed (1/1000) and close down the lense to f/13 by using ISO 800. Both shots were taken handheld, since my tripod is in my car at the auto dealers until later today. Here is the lense at its worst...this is taken wide open at its max 300mm length. I've compared it to details of 70mm/f/8 and the difference is the difference between moderately unsharp and sharp. Still, at its worst: I've put a bunch of macro flower shots (not really my thing) on my pbase site at http://www.pbase.com/hflphotos/sigma_70800 if you are a macro fan. All in all, if the budget constrains as mine did, for $129 bucks its hard to go wrong....cheap reach and a macro to boot.