I'm planning on getting a 300+ lens (for a FX camera), but need help on what to get. My budget is under $2Kish US. I will use it for everything a long lens can be used for: surfers, sports, wildlife, and anyting else I can think of.
From what I have read the Nikon 300 F4 is probably my best bet and I would get it if it was a VR lens. I feel once you get in the longer lenses the VR is more important, but not necessarily a deal breaker. Even with the 1.4 tele it gives a great image and becomes 420 @ F5.6 (still decent). The other Nikon choice is the 80-400, but it's slow focusing probaly rules it out. Sigma makes a few lenses too (with and without VR), but I don't know much about them. They have the 50-500, 100-300, 120-400, 150-500, it's almost too many choices. Are there any reviews on the new 50-500?
I know there is no golden lens in this area, but maybe you can recommend which ones are supposed to be the best of the bunch, or which ones to stay away from.
Thanks for your help