I am now the proud owner of a brand new 70-200VR. It all started innocent enough. I only asked in the general forum for locations of camera stores in the area. I wasn’t gonna buy anything, I was just gonna look. Really….. At Laura's suggestion, I went to Service Photo. Nice size store, looks like a hole in the wall from outside, Great selection of everything and nice sales staff. I was real interested in the 70-200vr, but they said it was out of stock and did not know when it would come in. Whewwwww!!!! Karen suggests Penn Photo, so Yesterday, I went to Coopers just up the road from Service Photo in Greenspring Station (Towson MD). Coopers was recently bought out by Penn Photo and they are now a Penn store under the Coopers name. This is a tiny store, barley any room to move around. I spoke to Bob there who is their resident Nikon guy. Told him I was interested in the 70-200vr, but I know it is sold out everywhere. To my surprise, he pulled one out of the case ready to go. Hmmmm.... now what? I know, I asked his price for it, but it was about $100 more then I could get it from B&H, so I could walk away, right. NOT.... He said hold on, let me check online at B&H, a few minutes later, he came back and matched the price. Is that angels singing in the background? ….. Hmmmm :Angel: Needless to say, I am now the proud owner of a 70-200vr. This is one cool piece of glass. Now to get it home and tell my wife of my good fortune…… I waited till later to properly introduce my wife to my new child. Dinners finished, kids are in bed…. Here we go. Wait for it, Wait for it. “Now you can take really sharp pictures on Mothers day.” Hmmm... That worked too easy. I wonder what she has in mind for Mother’s day if that was her response. We already have plans for her on Mother’s Day before Gale jumps in on me. She will be just as surprised, and we will have pictures.:smile: I can't wait till I get off work later to try it out.