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| p.1 #1 · Nikon 300/2.8 VRI or Nikon 300/2.8 VRII for Birding ? |
Currently my birding set up is D800 & D600 with Sigma 120-300/2.8 (plus TC14E and x2 Sigma TC - both worth great) and a Sigma 500/4.5. I recently found that when birding in wooded / shaded conditions the f2.8 on the 120-300 was invaluable (and that is one seriously sharp lens) and have been flipping the idea of selling the 500 and buying the Nikon 300 and using the TCs (most of my birding is either walkabout or from a car - almost never a hide) as a Nikon 500/600 is not going to perform best in walkabout conditions (on a monopod) and will be a serious strain on me physically with the added weight of the monopod and gimbal.
Does anyone have an opinion on this idea ?
Does anyone have experience of switching out the VRI to a VRII and did you notice a performance difference ?
Nikon themselves say the optics and coating are the same so I'm wondering if I need to spend the extra $ for the VRII.
FYI. Locally (Shanghai) the guarantees that you can get in the USA (Nikon 4 yrs) or the Sigma guarantees or any of the extensions, e.g. Mack, are not offered or available. I can buy the lenses for these prices :
Nikon 300/2.8 VR1 (used) - ca. US$2,200 (3 month shop guarantee).
Nikon 300/2.8 VRII (used) - ca. US$4,500 (3 month shop guarantee). This is the grey colour version, not black.
Nikon 300/2.8 VRII (new) - ca. US$5,500 (12 month shop guarantee). This is a grey import.
Nikon 300/2.8 VRII (new) - ca. US$6,000 (12 month China guarantee from Nikon). This is a legal Nikon import.
Note that I have bought lots of cameras/lenses from the 6 storey, 3 building, dedicated photography mall where I buy my gear, and getting repairs etc. done by the retailers has always been brilliant (even once helping me get a manufacturers repair, for free, when the guarantee had expired 2 months earlier).
Any opinions (esp. from those that have used both VR1 and VRII) very welcome.