What a lens. So I started with a Bigma, then the Sigma 300 2.8, then the Sigma 120-300, then I finally got the keeper. If there is a better 300mm lens I haven't seen it yet. I was in the boat again and had active VR on...and yes active VR helps alot even at fast shutter speeds. This was also hand held. When I 1st got this lens I didn't think I'd like handholding it but I have since found it to not be a problem. Since it's a prime and my left hand doesn't have to work the zoom ring I find this lens much easier to handhold than the 120-300. So show us what you got. That 200/2 thread has thousands of posts to it. I suspect more of us own the 300/2.8 than the 200/2 so let'sgive em a run for thier money. This is a shot w/ a D300s and the 1.4 TC attached.