After recently purchasing the 300mm f/4, I decided that I had reached my limit on what I am willing to carry/spend on my photo adventures. In the never ending quest for more reach, I decided to try the V1 and am very pleased with the results. On a recent trip to Florida to shoot birds, I decided to leave the D700 at home and packed up the V1, FT1 mount, 300mm f/4 (with TC1.4 attached), and a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR (along with 10-30mm CX lens for snapshots). It all fit comfortably into a Think Tank Streetwalker backpack with tripod attached and was quite manageable.
Limitations/Tradeoffs: Getting birds in flight can be a challenge due to the AF limitations when using the FT1, but the alternative is to lug around the big/expensive glass. I did get a few decent action shots, but they were not quite as sharp as the stills. In the future I see myself still using the D700 for most shots, but for when that extra reach is needed, it's good to know I can (literally) pull the V1 out of my pocket to get there with good results!
#1. "RE: First trip with the V1" In response to Reply # 0
Very nice! I had a similar experience when I was at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach. I used a 70-300 on my V1 shooting some herons. Gave me some really nice pictures but handling can be a bit difficult. But ended up in the same place: when I want some special reach then I'll reach for the V1+FT1.
#2. "RE: First trip with the V1" In response to Reply # 0
Great shots and I'm extremely envious. I have the V1/FT-1 and the 300mm f4 too, but as the UK sinks ever lower into the floods as I write, the opportunities to get out and use it are extremely limited sadly
500 homes have just been evacuated 2 miles from me, so I mustn't grumble about photo opportunities!