1. Welcome to NikonCafe.com—a friendly Nikon camera & photography discussion forum!

    If you are thinking of buying a camera or need help with your photos, you will find our forum members full of advice! Click here to join for free!

Purchased The Nikon 400mm 2.8

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by tiny123, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. My Amex was smoking but i had to do it! I was sick of using the 70-200mm with the 1.7 tel.

    First question:

    How do you pack away the hood?

    And if anyone has the nkon cl-2 soft case, how do you pack your 400mm into it?

    Love the lens. Sharp as hell!!!

    Will post them later.
     
  2. Gary Mayo

    Gary Mayo Guest

    Enjoy that lens! Post pics!
     
  3. Thanks i have to hit the gym to carry this thing. I brought a induro Carbon mono pole with it also.
     
  4. JimboJones

    JimboJones Guest

    the VR version I am looking into this lens would love to se some pictures :smile:
     
  5. shtarka1

    shtarka1

    Feb 1, 2008
    Boston
    Congrats! Now Light It Up!
     
  6. Buy the aftermarket foot for it - you'll never get it to pack well into a backpack or other unless you have the lower profile foot.

    As for the hood, I put it loosely around the front of the lens in a Lowepro. I turn down the locking knobs so they sit lower into the hood and don't catch on stuff and break off. Nikon charges $43.50 just for the knobs, btw!

    Sean
     
  7. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    did u get the VR version (damn u btw)
     
  8. I agree on the aftermarket foot (really like the RRS), and I keep my AF-S II in the Trekker 600 with dual hood in place.
     
  9. The only lens I truly "lust" after. But using a monopod? Think I would have gotten a tripod...maybe with a Wimberly to boot. I would need all the steadiness I could muster.

    Congratulations and enjoy!!
     
  10. congrats
    great purchase
    can't wait to see you put it to GOOD USE
     
  11. yup I got the VR 2.8 :tongue:
     
  12. Thanks my lens did come with a lower profile monopod foot.
     
  13. NICE!!! Finally some long glass :p  Congrats!!!
    That lens is killer with a TC as well! The f2.8 will help when the sun goes down too...
    B&H I am guessing?
    Lets see some samples!

    I just got a TC14EII and with the 200-400f4 went out looking for wild life. All hand held...and on a D300 body means even more reach (more chance of blur!). This is what i came up with:

    http://www.pbase.com/cleanmaxx_brian/tc14test

    My favorite of the day:
    original.
    NIKON D300    ---    550mm    f/7.1    1/320s    ISO 400


    and
    original.
    NIKON D300    ---    550mm    f/7.1    1/640s    ISO 400
     
  14. Woah!!!! NICE PICS! yeah im going to hit the ponds in the Phelham Bay mabey tommorow morning, but i have a invite to sit on top of the ferry terminal building tommorow, DOT employees only, and im going to go there prepared for some fireworks! Its gonna be a blast, pardon the pun. Im gonna take my D3 with the 14-24mm on a pod and my D300 handheld with my 85mm 1.4 for the low light.

    Dougie told me there was a hawk a few days back that you shot. You have those pictures around?
     
  15. TimK

    TimK

    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Nice pics, Brian! I am sure you'll like that lens.

    The foot is a joke though - you can see it working like a spring on the tripod's head! I have replaced mine:

    original.
    NIKON D200    ---    32mm    f/4.0    1/60s    ISO 200


    A friend of mine is using it handheld all the time and get excellent results. (He also has biceps the size of my thighs!)

    My 400/2.8 AFS-II is a bit soft wide open. I think it becomes really really shape at arouynd f4.5 - f5. Do you found the same with the new version?

    Oh yes, this lens works very well with TCs, even the 2.0.
     
  16. WOW is that a custom handle? Or did you buy it prefab? Can you take a few more holding it?
     
  17. Ponds = FUN!
    Post your firework shots...I was going to try and get out tonight but no luck.
    Here is the red tailed hawk...nothing special. (I hate the light he is on!)
    original.
    NIKON D300    ---    380mm    f/5.6    1/400s    ISO 200
     
  18. TimK

    TimK

    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Hi Brian, I made this myself from pieces of aluminum alloy. The ring is made from stainless steel.

    original.
    NIKON D200    ---    35mm    f/10.0    1/160s    ISO 200


    The handle is curved so that it can be used without a plate. It is really quite easy to make if you got the right tools. I was using the milling machine in a friend's workshop.
     
  19. mdirvin

    mdirvin

    230
    Jan 30, 2007
    East TN
    Lowe Pro AW 600

    I have the 400 VR, and use a Lowe Pro AW 600 (which I think is no longer available). I can fit the 400, and a D300 body into the case. I reverse the second lens hood and place it back on the the first one so the lens is shorter by about 3 inches. Then it just fits with a little room to spare. Enjoy the lens it great.

    Mike

    PS, I have replaced the original foot with one from Wimberly.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 5, 2008
  20. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    Alberta
    Tim: Thanks for showing that Bracket. I was thinking of somthing really close to what you made there. Get that bad boy ti-nitraded, and sell it on E-Bay. Did you use T6 AL
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 6, 2008
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.