i appreciate your posting hereI rented the 200-400mm f/4 for the USMotoGP at Laguna Seca. The lens was absolutely rock solid and did everything I expected. Just wish I could have spent more time to figure out the focus preset.
GUY....This is a cut and paste of posts I have made on other forums...
my apologies for the huge number of pictures...
The First Series
These are among my first real pictures with the "bazooka".
First of all a few tests to check my hand holding capabilities:
#1 650mm with 1.7 TC fully open
#2 BIF 450mm with 1.7 TC
Then a real life experience in Ottawa (I got strange looks - I have been using the 200-400VR and the 70-200 on a second body)
#3 the guards in Ottawa 400mm fully open (f4)
#4 a detail 400mm fully open
#5 I really don't understand how they find their way and how they keep their distances...
Wildlife in a nature park..
#6 for the eyes
#7 400mm hand held
#8 400mm again
Concert shots in Tremblant (I was very far from the stage, and I was more or less the only person who could take decent pictures, I needed ISO6400, VR to the max (shutter speeds as low as 1/60 or 1/100 sec, @400mm, fully open... hand held ... not exactly the best conditions to take pictures with lots of people moving around you...)
#9 that guy was just awesome... incredible blues music... he is 95 !
#10 wonderful bass guitar...
#11 a pity you can't hear the music
#12 another group
#13 those two were incredible as well
#14 and a last one - the details in those pictures are just incredible
Thanks for watching
The D3+200-400VR seems to be a decent combo... not really my walk around lens but it really becomes manageable. The only issue is that many people are looking at you and asking questions ...
THE SECOND SERIES
This lens is really becoming one of my favorites...
The versatility is impressive. And IQ as well.
a few examples from my last travel:
#1 just one concert picture (this time Francofolies in Montreal), I have shown enough of those in my last post... D3, 200-400VR @f4 ISO6400, hand held
#2 BIF - I have tons of them - I'll post the whole story in the nature forum soon - gannet colony on Bonaventure Island (ISO 1600 f6.3)
#3 another one for the fun
#4 a last gannet for today (there are some overexposed parts - these are the jpegs out of camera, I will reprocess from the raw files when I have time (around 7000 pics in three weeks )
#5 something different - a lighthouse - Forillon park - Gaspesie
#6 just simple flowers (there might be better and cheaper tools for this )
#7 with the 1.7TC 650mm fully open - difficult to compose properly when using it hand held, but I could get pictures like this one
#8 visit to the zoo (again I will post more soon in the nature forum)
#9 zoo number two - looking for bugs
#10 NFB (non flying birds )
#11 last animal for this post
#12 portrait can too (from a distance ) this is my best friend's daugther, we met over there in Canada
#13 nature is so beautiful
#14 the tool itself
I hope I am not getting too boring with those pics. I just want to share my enthusiasm. The 200-400VR on the D3 is a real killer combo - highly recommended.
thanks for watching
Thanks for starting this thread Greg. I have been thinking about this awesome lens for quite some time now but have also been looking at the 300 2.8VR in combination with the 1.4TC. Raymond Barlow shoots with a 200-400 exclusively and his shots are legendary. Now that we have threads for both these lenses to give some kind of comparison I might take the plunge soon ..... all I need now is some excuse or justification to spend this large sum of money on something I do not really need but just want :biggrin: