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.
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.
#1. "RE: V1 with a 200-400" In response to Reply # 0
Brilliant shot, terrific feather detail. I have used my 70-300mm Tamron, Nikon 70-200mm and 300mm f4 with acceptable results. The V1 maybe a great camera, but whoever designed the rear dial must have been having a bad day and I find it so infuriating it spoils my pleasure. I am awaiting a price crash on the V2!
#3. "RE: V1 with a 200-400" In response to Reply # 2
<<PS: I think Thom Hogan is right - the people who design a lot of Nikon's cameras never actually use them.>>
I really rate Thom Hogan and yes he's absolutely right. My vision is of a bunch of back room camera designers inventing a product which is neither intuitive nor ergonomic on a 3D graphics computer! At least the dSLR backroom boys make a good job of it and seem to be aware of what the customer want