I've been lurking through Nikon's refurbished section, waiting for a sale, so I could pounce on a new 200-500. With their sale last week I pulled the trigger! I haven't had more than 20 min yet to take it for a test spin, but from what I already see, I'm confident I'll be VERY happy with the purchase. I bought it predominantly for wildlife, but I'm already seeing many uses. These were the first few snaps I got. The contrast and sharpness is great, even at f/5.6. The VR on this thing is simply amazing! This was shot at 500mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 6400 handheld, SOOC, no sharpening, nothing Same image, 100% crop Finally started seeing the limits of the VR at 1/10 sec handheld! Again, SOOC A few more samples with minor editing. What really shocked me was the potential for macro-ish images. It doesn't match the sharpness and detail of a dedicated macro lens, but in a pinch, it does pretty darn good! All handheld with available light.