I added these tests and remarks to the bottom of an ancient thread, and I now realize that it's not likely to get any traffic whatsoever. Here's the link: http://www.photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00PJ2I Essentially, after reading a number of wildly conflicting reviews on the web, I decided to do my own tests -- which, not surprisingly, conflict wildly with a number of reviews. This optic seems to get slandered a fair bit, and praised to the skies by others -- I think these images speak loads. Which probably means that there is (or was) serious sample variation with this particular model. I'll add a couple of images to this thread, as soon as the uploader decides to play nice. (It's currently on strike.) For those who've worked with the 105VR, I welcome your response -- do you see anything like this?