The day before I was leaving for two weeks in Europe I began calling car services and found out that it was going to cost me $200 to get to JFK airport which in my opinion was an absolutely ridiculous waste of money. I happened to check the Cafe's for sale forum while going thru this and noticed Ralph was selling his 400 f/2.8 VR and I met him when I purchased his SB-800s a month prior. As I would much rather have a 400 f/2.8 VR than go to the airport in a private car I was able to cost justify the purchase to myself if I could convince him to take my girlfriend and me to the airport as part of the purchase price. So... I now own a 400 and ended up spending as much getting to the airport as two weeks in Europe .