Just wanted to thank everyone on the forum for their outstanding help in deciding what lens to buy. Haven't really had much to shoot, but I did go for a dawn walk in the desert to try it out. I know this isn't one of the picture gallery forums, but I wanted to share my first shots with you. Not much color that morning, but I thought the detail was beautiful. (I see it's going to be a while before I'm comfortable with the new lens. The first thing I did was pick the spot from which to shoot this picture, and then reach for the zoom to frame the picture. :tongue Also had to try out the shallow DOF. (Very cool). This was at f2.8, and cropped in Photoshop. It's part of a birds nest built in a cholla cactus. I love the lens and really appreciate the help.:smile: BTW, does anyone know of a good place to buy caps for an older lens like this?