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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006
Mon 06-May-13 09:29 PM

I finally had a chance to shoot the V1 with the 200-400 lens and it was an interesting experience. I had the setup on my Gitzo 3 series tripod with M10 ballhead. No TCs or anything. The pros:

1. The lens focused just fine, good resolution
2. The combination produces a nice file all things considered
3. VR was reasonably effective in tripod mode.
4. Lack of AF-C is fine if the subject isn't moving.

The cons:

1. Very unwieldy to move the setup. I found myself moving the lens by grasping the tripod foot to gain stability.
2. If you think you accidentally hit buttons on the back before with CX lenses... prepare for a whole new way of accidentally hitting buttons!
3. Lack of AF-C means that subjects need to stay relatively put, tracking is very difficult.

Here's an uncropped image of a house finch with only average sharpening.

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