I stumbled across this today reading the threads on MM. Someone linked to this dpreview thread. It turns out a few people over there are reporting a problem with the new 70-200 VRII. The claim is that it's not a bad copy but a design flaw in the new lens. Nikon 70-200 VRII vs Canon 70-200 Zoom Test! Interesting results!: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review Does anyone know much about this issue?