At least it must be since it weighs 32.5% more.:Smart: That makes it a bargain since is only costs 6% more.:biggrin: Actually....I just 6 hours ago pulled the B&H trigger on a 14-24 based on excellent glowing reviews from owners and on my 4 upcoming trips to Crested Butte, Sonoma, Estes Park and the San Juan's where I expect to find uses for it. Once again, resistance is futile. You guys fueled my vice/lust/passion again. I just have to de-klutzify my shooting style so as to not flutz up the bulbous what-am-I-compensating-for front glass. We'll see how I like it. And....bonus....it adds enough weight to my pack such that it'll improve my aerobic endurance on the planned hiking trips.