It certainly is a long range but the weight of the lens may be a bit awkward. But several of us have used 70-300 and 70-200 lenses with good results. I'd imagine that's a versatile combo but all the optical compromises will still be there. I'd be interested in seeing some sample shots myself.
Wed 19-Jun-13 11:22 AM | edited Wed 19-Jun-13 11:22 AM by nwcs
Yeah, I could have been clearer. I was thinking unwieldy because of the long zoom extension changes the balance/holding point. When I had the 70-200 and 70-300 on my V1 it just seemed to feel relatively stable.
The weight of an FX/DX lens mounted on an FT-1/1 Series body tends to make the entire combo a bit nose heavy. Granted, it's nothing like the disparities of say, a D3100 and an 80-200/f2.8, but it's still the case. That has handling implications, even though the overall weight is not an inconvenience. It's the fact that you're shooting 810mm FOV equivalent at the long end, and that's pretty hard to handhold and expect consistent repeatable sharpness. That's why the FT-1 comes with a tripod ring.
Fwiw I find my 70-300 at 810mm equivalent to be surprisingly hand holdable. I use electronic shutter and bang off bursts of continuous shots at 1/500 to 1/800 with VR on. Much more manageable than my D800E, 500VR, TC17E combination.
Likewise I would love to have an 80-400 for my V1. Best regards, SteveK