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Sorry folks, have to pick your brains AGAIN.
Recently, I have enjoyed taking birds in action. At least, I have tried.
I find this quite difficult with MF at times and was thinking of getting the said lens as it seems to be good at tracking moving objects.. never tried this before. I have taken all my car racing shots etc with a manual lens but then cars are more predictable than birds, who tend to fly off quite erratically
As we got breeding kestrels behind the house I would like to have a go at them but never seem to be fast enough with my big monster (600 5.6 MF)
Camera is a D3x. Does the above lens make sense? It is available @ 3200 GBP or 3700 euro. That is a lot of money but then I might sell my 500 f4 as I got the 600 f 5.6
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Hi, this may be of assistance, wish I could afford such class glass.
The price seems reasonable as the Mk II version is about £4700 new http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod.php?n=NikonAF-S200-400mmf4GEDVRIILens&am...
The 200-400 f4 which I own has decent autofocus tracking speed but is not as fast as my faster aperture 300mm f2.8.
The 200-400 with its zoom versatility is in my opinion a very good lens to own.
I am a Nikon user with a D3 & D4, I too wanted a fast lens for Natural History shots and decided on the 400 f/2.8. One of the reasons was the ability to include Tele converters without losing too much light. I am aware of the cost gap between the two, however with your 500 & 600 you are already used to the cost of such glass.
Thank you Burnsie... my 500 is for sale at £2000 it is the last MF so is my 600 which is NOT for sale
the reason I'm not too keen on the 400 2.8 is the weight. I can manage to carry my 600 for hours and shoot by hand, tried the 5 kg 2.8 'monster' once and I'm just not strong enough to hold it for long.
Hence I am thinking very seriously of the zoom
Len, did you use yours for birds?
I agree the weigh is not for hand holding however with a gimbal head circa £250 it is a breeze.
Have you considered the 70-200 f/2.8 with a 2xs TC
Burnsie, I have got an 80-200 2.8. I love it, it is my most used lens for everything but birds . you are right about the Gimbal very good if you want a stationary use. Not very good if you are walking up a mountain in Malaysia though( d3x, 24-70,80-200,200 micro nikkor , 600mm bird lens... and water! I'll let you add it up) yes I am a wimp.
I was thinking more of using a 1.4 converter with the 200-400 if needed. I need it even with the 600mm at times! But yes, I should try the 400 again. Maybe the second time I'll do better.
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