The best review of this lens can be found on Nasim Masurov's blog.
I'd finally saved enough pop bottles and was given permission by the Corporate Financial Officer to buy the 300/2.8, but was unable to find a copy anywhere on-line. Demand, and the recent tsunami in Japan have combined to make the Nikon 300/2.8 VRII unobtainable. On a lark, I called Woodward Camera in Birmingham to see if they might have a 300/2.8 in stock. I was shocked when I was told that they had a 300/2.8 VR copy, unopened, in the store. The 300/2.8 VR (2004-2009) offers 3-stop vibration reduction (versus 4-stop w/ the VRII) but costs up to ~$1K less versus its slightly heavier, newer version.
Robin and I took a ride up to the store last Saturday afternoon and bought the lens from good friend Jerry Sadowski. I was so excited to handle this beast of a lens, I didn't bother to even look at the version. So I was even more surprised when I got home and realized that I had a VR II copy in my posession.