I am probably the most indecisive person in the world when it comes to photo equipment. Here's my dilemma.I shoot mostly high school and small college sports, indoor and outdoor. I have always wanted a little more reach for football and at times for baseball. I currently own a 300 2.8 and a 200-400f4. I put the notion of a 500 or 600mm lens out of my mind seveal years ago. So, that leaves the lens of my dreams a 400 2.8. If you were in my shoes and had the opportunity to purchase the 400 but needed to sell one of your current lenses, which way would you go? I am open for suggestions. Thanks to all! Kendall Shaw
Since your profile says you have a 70-200mm f/2.8, and have the 300mm f/2.8, parting with the 200-400mm to get the 400mm f/2.8 might be the way to go. However, I have never shot the 300mm, 400mm, nor 200-400mm so all of this is just speculation for me.
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Selling the 200-400 is probably the way to go although it's not easy for me. I've gotten spoiled with the 200-400 because it's so versatile. Using a D3s I have been able to compensate somewhat in low light.I agree the prime lens would be sharper and would probably focus a little faster. Decision made. Thanks for everyone's thought's!
One more voice for trading in the 200-400 for a 400/2.8.
I rented the 400/2.8 for a college soccer/lacrosse/crew weekend, and found it hands-down a wonderfully sharp quick-focusing lens. (I may have to mortgage the house to buy one.)
As the shadows lengthen (and the light diminishes) on those late afternoons, you'll be grateful you went for the faster aperture so you can keep the shutter speed up without having to get into the noisier ISO levels.
I agree sell the 200-400 for the 400/2.8. Also make sure you have a good monopod, as the 400/2.8 is a heavy beast at 10 lbs, I have the older non VR lens which is 14lbs and all metal construction. But a fabulous lens, and very sharp.
I have used one many years ago. They are optically excellent and focus extremely fast. The only issue is the supply of replacement AF-I ring motors has been exhausted for several years and are no longer available. If the AF motor fails you will be left with a MF lens.
Fri 29-Mar-13 01:36 AM | edited Fri 29-Mar-13 01:38 AM by Gene Duprey
I currently use the AF-I 400/2.8 lens. It works very well, very sharp and fast focus. As pointed out, repair parts are hard to find, but so far mine has not required repair. It is also a very heavy lens, 14 lbs compared to the current AF-S lens which comes in at 10 lbs. If it is in fully functional shape and has not been used by the press, I would have no issue with buying one. I think it was the last of the all metal Super Tele lenses.