I bought this from Woody (Czechman) on the for sale forum, and had a chance to use it this weekend. (All handheld) I really like this lens. It has very good reach (for what I do) and the VR is a nice feature for the focal length. Yes most of these were shot well above 1/300 of a second but it still comes in handy when you aren't the most steady. I'll get good use of this lens. THanks for looking.