To make the finest lens elements, you must begin with the finest optical glass. To ensure this, Nikon does what few makers can - it manufactures the glass for nearly all Nikkor lenses in its own glassworks.
VR is Vibration Reduction. By the way, is this really useful? I was told that unless you shoot birds or fast moving objects (your model trying to run away), its still the best to not move at all. Does it make a difference in fashion shows and stage plays to have or not have VRs? I feel that the price is too expensive it should be justified by the purpose.
Yeah... I'm drooling between it and 70-210mm no VR... how many maggi mee lunch & dinner does it take? So far I only saw Panasonic FX7 "VR" in action and its already impressive... still this lens is $2K-3K, it means I can die of MSG poisoning.