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Nikon 600mm f/4G ED VR AF-S

600VR
Review Date: May 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I've had the 600 f4 VR for over 2 months now and got to admit it is a fantastic lens. My first impression was not it's weight but its size. The lens itself (w/o the hood) is almost as big as the 400 f2.8 w/ its hood on-it's a monster of a lens. With that said it is easily balanced on a monopod (for me at least-using the mono in a kneeling position) and sits well on a wimberly side kick as well. One day I'll get a gimble but right know the side kick is adequate. The af w/ a d3, d300 or d2x is very fast and accurate, the sharpness, colour and contrast is stunning. It's very sharp at f4 but I personally shoot at f4.5 to get ultra sharp images- the bokeah is smooth. It works well w/ a 1.4 tc with sharp images at f5.6 but i prefer f6.1 for ultra sharp images...the camera view finder is noticibly darker w/ the 1.4 tc on. The few times I've used VR it seems to work very well (tho I make a point of not shooting less than 1250 for sports). I can not comment on the focus recall feature as i haven't used it yet. The first thing I did do was replace the stock foot w/ a lowwer profile wimberly foot which does make the lens more balanced on a mono/ tripod. It's an awesome lens and well worth the $.
Cons:
none yet..get a lowwer profile replacement foot..pricey but you get what you pay for...



 
Nikon 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF II AF-S

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Review Date: May 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I have the II version i- it is a very fast , accurate focusing lens w/ great colour, contrast and sharpness. Its sharp at f2.8 but i prefer it at f3.2 for ultra sharp images. Its a light weight lens for a f2.8 prime and the only one of the bigger primes which i find easily hand holdable. The bokeah is very smooth. It works well w/ the 1.4 tc..very sharp at f4 but surprisingly insanely sharp at f5 or f5.6. Its a fantastic lens!
Cons:
none...when i got it it was right before the VR came out so there was a 800.00 rebate from nikon on the lens!



 
Nikon 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR

200f2
Review Date: May 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I've had this lens for the last 2.5 years and it is by far the sharpest lens I own. Very fast and accurate af w/ the d3, d300, and d2x. Great colour, contrat and sharpness. Very sharp at f2 but I prefer f2.2 or f2.5 for ulltra crazy sharp images. The bokeah is buttery smoot with evan background blown highlites that just blend in and melt away . It is rather short and squaty and kind of ackward to hold for longer periods of time...i found having it attached to a monopod (w/ the mono completely colapsed) at all times makes using this lens more enjoyable. The VR and focus recall work very well. I have not tried it w/ tc's as i have the larger primes. This is an absolutely phenominal lens!
Cons:
pricey but you get what you pay for...



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

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Review Date: May 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well I can't get the 600 VR review link to allow a comment so I guess I'll post it here... I've had the 600 f4 VR for over 2 months now and got to admit it is a fantastic lens. My first impression was not it's weight but its size. The lens itself (w/o the hood) is almost as big as the 400 f2.8 w/ its hood on-it's a monster of a lens. With that said it is easily balanced on a monopod (for me at least-using the mono in a kneeling position) and sits well on a wimberly side kick as well. One day I'll get a gimble but right know the side kick is adequate. The af w/ a d3, d300 or d2x is very fast and accurate, the sharpness, colour and contrast is stunning. It's very sharp at f4 but I personally shoot at f4.5 to get ultra sharp images- the bokeah is smooth. It works well w/ a 1.4 tc with sharp images at f5.6 but i prefer f6.1 for ultra sharp images...the camera view finder is noticibly darker w/ the 1.4 tc on. The few times I've used VR it seems to work very well (tho I make a point of not shooting less than 1250 for sports). I can not comment on the focus recall feature as i haven't used it yet. The first thing I did do was replace the stock foot w/ a lowwer profile wimberly foot which does make the lens more balanced on a mono/ tripod. It's an awesome lens and well worth the $.
Cons:
none..get a lowwer profile replacement foot..pricey but you get what you pay for...



 
Nikon 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S II Nikkor

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
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ps.. switching out the stock lens foot for the lowwer profile Wimberly foot makes the lens feel more dialed in and balanced on a monopod or tripod(sidekick) than the higher profile nikon does...

 
Nikon 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S II Nikkor

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Af is very fast and accurate, extremely sharp at f2.8 and improves as stopped down to f5.6, takes 1.4 tc extremely well - sharp at f4 but i prefer f5-f5.6..tc 1.7 works ok w/ sharp images at f5.6 but preferably stopped down alittle more more very sharp images...easily hand holdable w/ a monopod attached (for me at least)...very well built...i absolutely love this lens !!!
Cons:
Wish it had focus recall button and vr like the 200f2 does..maybe nikon will one day include this.. rather pricey compared to its canon counterpart..but then nikons have a 5 year warrenty and nikon service has always done a superb job for me in the past..