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NightOwl Cat wrote:
Yes, resistance is futile, you will end up with one, especially now that you're dabbling in the world of FX
Ray, just a little bit of help to convince you , some samples taken with the 400/5.6 ai EDIF
Southern Lapwing with juvenile by labecoaves, on Flickr
D7000 + 400mm f/5.6 AI EDIF hand held, ISO 500, f/8 at 1/1600s, ~45% crop.
This young has at most 4 or 5 days old.
Southern Crested Caracara in flight with Nikkor 400mm f5/6 AI EDIF by labecoaves, on Flickr
It is difficult, but far from impossible: BIF with manual focusing lenses.
D7000 + Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 AI (narrow tripod collar) , ISO 320, f/8 at 1/1250s, hand held, ~40% cropped.
Lichens and ferns on tree bark by labecoaves, on Flickr
D7000 + Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 AI (narrow tripod collar) EDIF, hand held supported on windowsill. ISO 500, f/8 at 1/160s. The bark was ~8m of distance, ~ 20% cropped.
With tubes and close up filter for extreme macro:
Jumping spider with 400mm f/5.6 + tubes + 500D close up filter by labecoaves, on Flickr
First experiment of using a Canon 500D close up filter with Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 EDIF AI + tubes.
The spider has a length of just 9mm. Distance was ~80cm.
D7000 + 120.5mm tubes + 500D + 400mm f/5.6 (set at MFD - 4m). This combo was supported by a tripod and I used a remote cable with mirror lock up. ISO 800, f/16 at 1/60s.
This is a very versatile lens, from infinity to macro work.
I agree with Curtis, the lens is totally hand holdable and for action shots including BIFs the focusing is fast. The 400/5.6 ED non IF is slightly better wide open, but it is heavier and harder to focus due to the long helicoidal.