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Compare Nikkor 400mm/2.8 and 200-400/4

Arthur Laurent

Leesburg, US
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Arthur Laurent Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2006
Tue 05-Mar-13 06:16 PM

How do these lenses compare in image quality?

I want to get a 400 mm lens. My longest lens is a 300 mm 2.8 VR, and that lens is amazingly sharp and contrasty. But it's sometimes too short, and I don't want to crop if I don't have to.

I recognize the valid arguments about single focal length being one stop faster (I prefer to use each lens between its maximum aperture and two stops closed) v. zoom flexibility.

I'm more concerned to learn if either of these lenses is optically superior to the other.

What has been your experience with either lens (or both, if you have used both) ?

Thanks for any comments.

Arthur

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