I had sold my 70-200VR last month because supply was low and demand was high. I made about $100 on the lens. I then went ahead and purchased a gray market 80-200. I shot a Father's Day church service yesterday and I feel that the 80-200 was sharper wide open and I actually felt it was sharper overall even at 200mm. Have any of you tested both lenses out and would you agree? After shooting all day yesterday, I see how important VR is, If I was at anything below 1/250th with the 80-200, I most certainly would have motion blur. Surprisingly the AF on the 80-200 is not that much slower than the 70-200VR...at least with a D200. I should have bought this lens the first time around.