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"RE: 200-400mm f4"

rutherfordphoto Awarded for his article contributions to the Resources Registered since 27th Aug 2002
Mon 07-Jan-13 12:06 AM

I've owned both lenses. They are both excellent, but they are also very different. If I had to buy one again tomorrow, I'd get the 300/2.8.

I think you're first going to have to decide which body your shooting although I think the D800 even in crop mode has more pixels than the D300.

For static wildlife (animals), I prefer the 300/2.8 with the 1.4 TC when using a DX body. For 95% of your shooting situations, this will be enough. The 300/2.8 + 1.4 TC is a razor sharp combination, even wide open.

I am not a birder, but as any bird photographer will tell you, the more reach the better. A 200-400mm with a 2x TC will give you more reach than a 300mm with a 2x TC... all day, every day You need to decide whether that extra loss of light will be a detriment to the type of photography that you do. There are other non-Nikon options, but keeping it in the Nikon camp, what about the 400mm f/2.8? Again, a very sharp combination when used with a TC.

It's obviously not hand holdable, at least for any length of time, but maybe something to consider.

~Cheers, Allan~

A general, generic topic 200-400mm f4 [View all] , jfitzg14 Silver Member , Sun 06-Jan-13 10:11 PM
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