Upload & Sell: On
Robert, I think we better put that kinda sentiment on hold until the 200-400L price, 800L MkII price and 400 DO MkII price become known.
Also, remember the 800VR will sell for less than then the $18k MSRP. How much less is a good question, but that's still one heck of a lot of green. The reality is that all of the newly redesigned superteles are up in price so we may as well start getting used to paying way over $10k going forward. With all the money printing going on around the world Inflation is finally starting to hit home.
Some random thoughts on the 800VR...
- I'm not too surprised but none-the-less intrigued that Nikon chose to use fluorite, once the exclusive domain of Canon in the photography world. Good move Nikon.
- Interesting idea to offer the lens with a dedicated high-performance 1.25x TC.
- MTF chart! Wow!
- Price (no surprise there)
- weight: Nikon chose not to jettison the front meniscus element which is disappointing. Even if that would have required an optical redesign it would have been worth it -- low weight is hugely important to me. I'm worried that Nikon didn't put weight reduction high enough on their supertele redesign needs list.
- MFD still sucks.
The optical performance of the 800VR looks very promising, but I have no intentions of ponying up that kind of cash for this baby at this point in time. Rather, I'm waiting for either a redesigned 500VRIII or 600VRIII with dedicated TC to go with a 36MP D4x(!), or a high-performance high resolution Canon body, in which case I may just have to come back to the "light" side. In fact the only reason I'm not shooting Canon right now is the absence of a suitable body for my needs. I just love my D800.