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| p.1 #20 · 200-400 f/4 - Distance Issues |
Big animals and Closer up the 200-400 is stealer, Freaking awesome actually. I shoot alot of horseshows, so I photograph alot of horses at a fairly close distance, this lens is kicking for that.
Once you try shooting longer distances and using teleconverters to do so (tested with 1.7), the quality drops significantly and this is where you get into problems. To the point where I rather Shoot without the teleconverter and crop into the image which will reveal slightly better results. The 400mm end of the lens without any converters is still sharp and looks great.
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This sums up the 200-400 fairly well IMO. If your forte is small wildlife I would recommend against it, however if your primary use for it is planes, cars, sports (larger tagets) then it will perform quite well. When I got mine I was hoping to eliminate having to carry around large primes. Since a lot of my work is wildlife it just didn't fit in at longer distances, so I sold it.
I guess an analogy (perhaps a poor one at best) given the same distance and you can count the nose hairs of a race car driver using a 400 f/2.8 the 200-400 just won't get you there. Now if nose hairs aren't your bag, then the 200-400 just might be the ticket for you. Every lens has it's purpose.