Upload & Sell: Off
Peter, yes, import-turnover-tax is 19%* plus other customs-fees. The seller mentioned a small amount of fungus on the rear element - stuff like this makes me want to buy within "reach" or at least within the EU. A Dutch seller (secondhandcamera.nl) is offering a 600/4 for 1750 Euros.
I just fear I won't use any really long MF-Nikkor enough to justify the costs. Some sports could be done with a manual 400-600, but for soccer/football and the like I prefer AF.
you're shooting the wrong sports - cars are far more predicable :-)
I didn't read the detailed description of that lens (since I already have it), but at first glance it looked really nice. I wouldn't touch it either with that fungus information
When I bought mine, I could have saved a few hundred buying from Canada, but I was worried that there may be big problems with potential returns (their customs "brokers" are a real pain"), so I bought a minty one from a seller in the US who sold many such lenses before with perfect feedback. My thinking was that if I don't use it much, I can sell it again in a year or so, which is a lot cheaper than renting any 600mm, even if I lose a few hundred.
The 600mm is definitely not for everyone. I used the Canon 600mm f/4 for years, so weight and size just don't bother me at all. When needed, I will do hand-held pans with it. It's a good workout, so you get free exercise equipment as well