As a birder and prospective buyer of a Nikon 800mm I am pretty disappointed today. To put this in perspective, when I bought my CF tripod nearly 5 years ago, I bought a 5-series from Nikonians PhotoProShop to specifically allow for a future possible 800mm as a companion to my then brand-new 500VR. (I can dig up the advice thread if anyone is interested in the helpful tripod advice I received at the time)
Sure I saw the MTFs which are astounding and the Fluorite and the absolutely excellent weight metric, and I'm very interested to see the matching TC (which BTW ought to be included for that price).
i've been shooting near exclusive FX this year, so the 800mm was making more and more sense. Bring on the D400 I guess.
Yes I expected an introductory price of $13K (as was the Canon on introduction), but I certainly hoped for a decline from there, as the Canon has done. But we are talking about a $18K here and some confusing info that the TC is $750 over and above. Call it 19-grand. What can I hope for, a decline to a bargain $17-grand?
And note to my local friends, ahem, please stop emailing me and asking me if I'm going to get this lens