Firstly, I am not a 'pro' and make very little money from my photography, however that does not mean that I am not aware of the pro equipment out there available to us. I often find myself chatting to other enthusiastic Nikon users when out and about - it is nice that a camera can 'break the ice' and allow easy chat with new people... Anyway, this lens is often mentioned as something they aspire to own and I say "yes, that is a nice lens", but I realise that I am only saying it on behalf of it's aforementioned 'pro' status and pricetag (and to follow their enthusiasm). So, to avoid future "yes, that is a nice lens" comments (a bit bland) I am interested to know if apart from the speed, is it actually better than the normal lenses? In that range I use a Series E 36-72mm zoom and a 28-105mm zoom which seem fine - so I cannot easily think how the 24-70 can be 'better' apart from speed. It would be nice to be a bit more clued up on this lens and so I would be grateful if those who have it can sum it up in a way that can help me chat about it a bit more freely. So, what is it about the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens that makes it special?