seems to me that you again on a lenslust tour :smile:
Here are some with the AFS 400mm/2.8 Type I.
These pictures were done when I was with my little girl for a weekend visiting the greatest love of all. She even wrote me a 5 page business plan with her being 12 years at that time, why and how we as a family should buy exactly this horse. We didn't buy it in the end, but I offered her to spend a long weekend only with her and the horse she was so in love with. I did not want to interfere in this tender relationsship and stayed quite far away, using the 400mm/2.8. Here we go - Eldorado ....
Andy - your second shot with your daughter nuzzling the horse is just to die for. Forget the image quality and all of the technical stuff; the "moment" is what makes the shot.
Just perfect!! One to be treasured.
now you are just taunting me... :tongue:
first the 200-400 images, and now these
1. the story about your daughter and that "5-page business plan" is priceless
2. the full-red image is breathtaking
3. do you still shoot both lenses?
if so... which do YOU prefer?
I would never dare to taunt you :smile:
The Business plan is a master piece in itself. It was really a complete plan. The goals, the benefits for her and the rest of the family, financing the acquisition of the horse, how to find operational budget for the continuing costs, the social implications for the family and so on. Done on her computer in Word and Excel - amazing.
To the lenses:
Yes I do own and shoot both lenses. It is so hard to give recommendation ,as it depends on many factors. Quality, versatility, etc.. On a cost-benefit scale I'd recommend that you take a very close look to the zoom, it's lighter, offers more flexibility. The f/4 is not a real problem - as you have the D3 at your disposal.
Having said that - my next big lens will be the AFS 400/2.8 VR :biggrin: I already have the AiS, AFI and AFS Type I version, but the VR one seems to be exemplary. I had a chance to get a AiS 300/2 earlier this year, so the VR has to wait.
what to do
what to do
what to do
the D3 will make the f/4 work on the 200-400
i imagine it would have been nearly impossible to shoot on that kayak with the 400/2.8.... so heavy
a time and place for everything, as you say
as for the "master plan" about the horse....
sounds like she takes after her dad..... right? :biggrin:
you were very brave, indeedThe 400 on a kayak? Just don't lean over with it :biggrin: It's more the question, how much risk are you willing to take. I had all my gear (2 bodies, 4 lenses in a normal LowePro Minitrekker. Closed when paddling (we had saltwater!), fast to open - but no more protection. Otherwise it would have taken ages to unload all the stuff from a waterproof bag for pic and than storing it away again to paddle to the next spot.
Give the 200-400 a try, I think you will like it. The 400/2.8 is significantly heavier. The real contender to the 200-400 from my perspective is the AFS 300/2.8 VR, not the 400VR.
All those decsions, ......
I know that I have posted these before, but these were taken with ta loaner lens. Needless to say, I now own one.