I am curious of the 160 or so members on this forum, how many atually own or definitley plan to own a Nikon 200-400mm VR F4 lens? I suppose it am still trying to justify the amazingly expensive price of this lens. When I think of all that I could buy with $5000 it becomes harder to push the buy now button. I could own a 60 or mayby a 70" Sony WEGA high definition TV. A D2x. New carpet throughout my house or remodel the kitchen with granite counters and a new refrigerator. You get the idea. My impression of the members of this list is that there are less professionals than enthusiasts or advanced hobby shooters, which is what I am. These are the people I am really talking to here. Don't get me wrong, I think it makes perfect sense to own one (even though very few outside of the members of this forum could understand this statement) and almost certainly will within a short time buy one. I think it would somehow make me feel better about this purchase if others could relate their experience buying this incredible and incredibly expensive lense. Or maybe you could talk me down. Also of those who have one now. If you knew then what you know now, would you still buy this lens or would you do something else. Perhaps go for a longer lens or buy more lenses or upgrade to a D2x instead of picking up the 200-400. I appreciate your input and experience.