Using the 80-200 AF ED hand held I was shooting an event, and had the d70/28-70 mounted on a flash bracket. It was time to put on the tele lens to take some tight candid shots, but taking the camera off the bracket is a chore, so I just removed the 28-70 and replaced it with the 80-200. I always use a monopod with the telephoto lens, but that doesn't work well with the flash bracket, so I decided to give it a try hand held and see if I could catch a few shots. The results surprised me. 1/320s f/4.5 at 200.0mm Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) 1/320s f/4.0 at 200.0mm View attachment 14317 1/125s f/4.0 at 112.0mm View attachment 14318 1/80s f/4.5 at 100.0mm View attachment 14319 1/160s f/4.5 at 105.0mm View attachment 14320 I think the trick is that I wasn't shooting from very far away, with the longest shots being from 25 feet. At those distances, it's apparently possible to get sharp results, even with the non-VR lens.