@SquamishPhoto: now that is an intriguing idea. I have always been too chicken to spend more than $20 on anything on ebay, but that's something to think about.
Best 500mm lens..(31 posts) (15 voices)
I have owned or rented all the lenses discussed in this thread. There is one other lens to consider that has not been discussed and that is the Nikon 200-400 zoom.
It is big, heavy but it is a bright enough lens for birds-in-flight.
If it were me I would seriously consider renting a 300 f4 and TC or a 200-400. Even if the rental was for a month you would be money ahead and much happier with resulting images.
Just some food for thought.
@Water Engineer: Thank you. I'm a little nervous about renting something and carting it all over S. America. I can get insurance if I drop it. If it gets ripped off, I'm pooched. But let's put that aside for a second. You've used the Nikon 200-400: how steep is the learning curve on that lens?
That lens from what I've read really is my first choice except for the high price, but when I say first choice, I'm only guessing: I haven't tried any of them. Where I live, rentals are by mail. So not the end of the world, but I do want to enjoy my vacation -- am I going to spend the first three days trying to learn the 200-400, or after an hour am I going to feel like it's been on my body all my life?
shawnino - if You buy 200-400 You must know that it's just the beginning, You need proper technique and proper support to get most of it, if You will lack it than You will have better results with 70-300 and 100mm is nothing comparing to freaking out about potential rip off. pro lenses as also pro bodies give You satisfaction only when You don't think how much You paid for them. only once You start perceiving them as tools for this what You do You will enjoy having them.
Well, I tried a 200-400 and fell in love. Love is expensive but I've rationalised it by telling myself that I'm going to treat my new love with respect and take very good care of it and it will last me a lifetime.
@AdamZ re: technique: You're right, for sure, but I must say that on Day One with my very average skill set I'm getting very nice results--better than I deserve. This lens will give me very good images as I improve, but it's ridiculously forgiving for starters. The lens never, ever makes the shot--the 'tog does. But this lens is giving me every opportunity to do the business.
shawnino congratulations, the Nikon 200-400mm is a great piece of glass. It is the best zoom ever made in its focal range. You have the best, now enjoy it, and have FUN on your expedition. I look forward to seeing some of your pictures.
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