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Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S

400VR
Review Date: Apr 18, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: sharp even at f2.8, quick focus
Cons:
weight, takes some practice to get used to, monopod needed, you feel the vr kick and (maybe?) shake the lens

I just shot the Bahrain GP and this lens was lent to me care of the Nikon folks here. I used a D7000, D500, and D750 on it respectively for 3 days with the D500 yielding the best results and performance for motorsports photography and the D750 still being capable if you time your shots.

I use to hate carrying heavy equipment specially the 70-200mm 2.8 specially for long periods. On my first day with this lens I did not have a monopod and hand held shooting, even with vr was not pleasurable. On day2 and 3 with the monopod, lugging the lens, camera body, strap, and monopod took time for me to learn that putting everything over your shoulder as most would do was not the best was to carry the setup. Having the strap across your chest and supporting the lens/monopod with your right hand was better.

It made me forget about the 12-24, 24-70, and 70-200. Using the 400mm was surprisingly addictive.


 
Sigma 20-40mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

20_40F28_1_
Review Date: Sep 13, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $82.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp and usable from 20-40mm even at 2.8, looks big but not that heavy for its size because of the plastic used. its not an internal zoom lens but it does not extend much like a super zoom hence it is less prone to sucking in moisture, dust, and dirt
Cons:
82mm is huge. looking for a replacement hood is tough. odd, my copy was sharp if focused at 1m to infinity but focus for something near and it seemed foggy. usual paint flake from this series/generation of sigmas.