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Nikon 600mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S II Nikkor

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Review Date: Jul 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly sharp. Little, if any, drop off in image quality when used with Nikon 1.4X extender. 3 pounds lighter than previous Nikon 600mm AF.
Cons:
Although it's 3 pounds lighter than the previous version it still weighs 10.5 pounds. Price is outrageous but if you take care of a prime Nikon lens they hold their value for resale.

This lens delivers incredibly sharp pictures at f/4.0 with my Nikon D1X even when used with the Nikon 1.4X teleconverter (effective focal length = 1,260mm). Auto focus is spot on and instant. If you like to shoot wildlife, especially song birds, then this is the lens for you. If you don't care about shooting small subjects (I'm talking 4 to 6 inches) at 18 feet then save a couple thousand and your spine and buy the Nikon 500.