Here's a pic of my new [rented ] 70-200mm IS lens. I used it at the Oregon vs Illinois basketball game this past Saturday. I the image stabilization. It goes from shake to smooth when you focus. It definitley would be worth the extra $600 for it. Pics on it were ok, but I was shooting a lot at ISO 1600 and f/2.8 to keep the shutter around 1/1000. I shot over 200 pics, but I gotta convert them from RAW, and don't feel like doing it all now, so heres one And I also picked up a Manfrotto 3245 monopod for $79. It was the last one. I didn't even see them on Ebay. I liked it because it has the grip for raising and lowering it quickly.