A couple of days ago I stopped in at one of the Helix Camera shops in the Chicago area, to ask about this new lens. They actually had one on the shelf, priced (after taxes) at about $1950. When I got back to Glen Ellyn, I found that the local camera shop had two of them on the shelf for about the same price. While I am not quite ready to shell out for one, it may be in the not distant future, so I am wondering if anyone here has actually used one. Any comments as to ease of use and image quality would be appreciated, especially by those who have also used the 80-400 VR Nikkor.