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Nikon 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED VR AF-S

Review Date: Dec 7, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Just the zoom capability of this lens will give as more keepers and some unique shots that I didn't take with my prime because I was to close to the subject.

I had 400mm F/2.8 afs II for 5 years which was a great lens but heavy and lock of zoom was un issues at times so I have purchased the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 Vr
And I don't regret my decision because now and then I can hand hold it for several minutes at times which was impossible with 400mm f/2.8 afs II lens.
Since it's smaller lens it fits in my backpack so I take it wit me aboard the airplane.
The most important thing is that I get lots more opportunities for great shots because I can zoom in & out.
It takes some times to adjust technique to this lens.
The reason why I went with Vr1 because I know several guys that have upgrade it from Vr1 to Vr 2 and they all agree that optically there is no difference and that it was waste of $$$. but if you want brand new lens then you have to go wit vr II because I don't think you can find vr 1 copy of this lens.

Here you can see galleries of my Bald eagles shot with both lenses.
Bald eagles galleries from 2011 were shot with 200-400mm + tc-14 E II on it at all times.

and Bald eagles galleries from 2010 and 2009 were shot with Nikon 400mm f/2.8 afs II + tc-14 E II on it at most of the times.

here is good example I shot this one at 380mm when I had the TC on which I need at most of the time when I shoot bald eagles because I need the reach but now and then one of them will fly right at you just like this one did, so 560mm would of been too close so zoom save the shot and it's not bad ether especially when this was shot with F4 zoom lens plus tc on it for now I will continue to use TC until D4 shows up so then maybe I will loose the tc and just crop it in pc instead.

I hope this will help some of you with your decision on buying this lens.