I was on a hiking trail in the mountains which I am familar with. I saw a muddy puddle beside the trail and immediately I though of crabs. Yes, crabs in the mountain. Sure enough, there was a crab hole right on the edge of the puddle and a crab was at the hole entrance. So I quickly set up my tripod and mounted my camera with the 70~300ED lens on, and..... snap! The clip that locks the mount onto the base completely broke off, and the camera went falling to the rock pavement. Luckly it was only about a ft off the ground, my camera survived, but the lens is damaged. The aparture doesn't work, and the crab went back to its hole laughing. So I sent my lens for a fix quotation because if it costs too much, I may as well just get a new one(it's 3 yrs old and quite abused). Plus, I NEED it this weekend. However I realized that this lens is out of stock in most of the shops here and people are waiting for a new one, something VR. The lens will take about a week to be fixed and I won't know how much it will cost till later. Anyway, while I know for sure I won't be able to take telephoto shots on the upcoming trip, what's this new VR lens about? I think the shop said it's also a 70~300mm lens but it's not released yet. I was thinking, maybe I should just upgrade to that if it fits the budget. Oh, I did get myself a new tripod, a much better one this time. It's SLIK Pro330DX. It's sturdy but pretty light.