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D3X + 300 mm and Teleconverter or 400 mm

allocca

Northport, US
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allocca Registered since 25th Apr 2009
Sat 19-Sep-09 08:53 PM

I have a D3X. For wildlife photography I'm using a Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR Lens. The 300mm is little short when photographing wildlife you don't want to scare away. I'm debating between the purchasing a Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.5 ED lens or using the 70-300mm lens with a Nikon TC-14E II 1.4x teleconverter.

Weight is a significant problem when your 60+ and hiking into the woods for many miles in search of wildlife. The D3X is a monster in itself. But, I want to produce sharp 18 x 24 prints. The 70-300 mm lens weighs 1.6 pounds. The 80-400 mm lens weighs 3.4 pounds. The teleconverter is only 7.1 onces.

The 70-300 mm plus teleconverter will be lighter in weight, but I loose 1 fstop and some narrow depth of field. I want to photograph the animals and blur the backgounds as much as possible.

What do you think?

John




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