I'm obviously excited, as this will be my second lens and finally something other than a standard 50mm. I do have the 18-200 VR, but since I've been shooting mostly film lately, I haven't used it. So this macro lens will be my second lens that works on both my D80 and F100. The thing is, I'm going to use it for a final project in my photography class to take some "portraits" of insects. That means I'll be using it on film. I've seen loads of amazing shots taken with the lens (and the third party 100mm macros), but they were all taken on DSLRs and so the 1.6x crop factor was in play. I'm curious to see how large/detailed my shots will turn out when taken on film. Also, question: I see a lot of macro shooters constantly stressing the need for tripods. Does that apply to bug shooting with a flash? I could see how a monopod might help, but a tripod sounds like a lot of trouble if you're chasing bugs. And wouldn't the flash negate the need for it?