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  1. #1
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    Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    In looking into used lenses to improve the quality of my wildlife images, there are several copies of the Nikkor 200-400 vr1 available for sub 2k.

    I know the lens is heavy...no problem.

    Here's my list of possibles...

    Nikkor 200-400 F4 vr1
    Nikkor 80-400 G (newest model)
    Nikkor 300 PF + Teleconverter

    I have a budget of about $2k... The 300 won't make it but...

    I need the lens mostly for close up, blind work and some close action in the field.

    Give me your input! Thanks!!!


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    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    In looking into used lenses to improve the quality of my wildlife images, there are several copies of the Nikkor 200-400 vr1 available for sub 2k.

    I know the lens is heavy...no problem.

    Here's my list of possibles...

    Nikkor 200-400 F4 vr1
    Nikkor 80-400 G (newest model)
    Nikkor 300 PF + Teleconverter

    I have a budget of about $2k... The 300 won't make it but...

    I need the lens mostly for close up, blind work and some close action in the field.

    Give me your input! Thanks!!!
    The 300mm PF + 1.4x teleconverter is AWESOME! Definitely not heavy compared with the others, and it's SHARP!!! Even the 300mm f/4 non-VR lens with a 1.4x teleconverter is excellent (but lack of VR might pose a problem for you). If anything, the non-VR lens is just slightly sharper than the PF although I haven't done any AF calibrations on either. I've used both although the only teleconverter I have is the 1.4x. So I cannot offer any input on these lenses with a 2x teleconverter. And both of these 300mm lenses accommodate a tripod foot.
    Cindy
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    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    The 300mm PF + 1.4x teleconverter is AWESOME! Definitely not heavy compared with the others, and it's SHARP!!! Even the 300mm f/4 non-VR lens with a 1.4x teleconverter is excellent (but lack of VR might pose a problem for you). If anything, the non-VR lens is just slightly sharper than the PF although I haven't done any AF calibrations on either. I've used both although the only teleconverter I have is the 1.4x. So I cannot offer any input on these lenses with a 2x teleconverter. And both of these 300mm lenses accommodate a tripod foot.
    I checked out the 300mm f4 non VR and it IS a bargain! The one thing Is the focusing is quite loud and lots of reports of squeaking. I'm really leaning toward the 200-400. I love a zoom and it's a pro lens. Because I live in Mexico and returns and service is not available, I need to be careful.

    Thanks Amigo!
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

  4. #4
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    If you haven't considered it, the 200-500 f/5.6 ED VR is a gem. I've owned one for around two years, and it's an excellent performer. While it's a stop slower than the 200-400, it's also quite a bit lighter, and when on a tripod, the stop loss, is negligible. I've used it with a 1.4x T/C, and it still performs nicely.

    I own an older 300mm f/4 AF-S, and it still works great, but the 200-500 is my main bird lens.
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    Best, Dennis

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    Quote Originally Posted by pendennis View Post
    If you haven't considered it, the 200-500 f/5.6 ED VR is a gem. I've owned one for around two years, and it's an excellent performer. While it's a stop slower than the 200-400, it's also quite a bit lighter, and when on a tripod, the stop loss, is negligible. I've used it with a 1.4x T/C, and it still performs nicely.
    I'm sure it's a great lens but, ultimately I don't think it would offer much more than my Sigma 150-600 C.
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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    I made my decision...I just purchased a Nikon 200-400 F4 VR from KEH Camera. It was rated EX+ and sold for $1,923.00. I also picked up a Nikon TC 1,4 ii, also in EX+ condition for $248.00.

    I chose these for the following reasons:

    Pro Grade Nikon lens that sold for $6,000.
    Optical and build quality
    Weather sealing
    F4 aperture
    Fast AF speed
    Zoom capability

    I won't receive it until January but i'll post some thoughts and images after that.
    Thanks for your valuable input!
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    I made my decision...I just purchased a Nikon 200-400 F4 VR from KEH Camera. It was rated EX+ and sold for $1,923.00. I also picked up a Nikon TC 1,4 ii, also in EX+ condition for $248.00.

    I chose these for the following reasons:

    Pro Grade Nikon lens that sold for $6,000.
    Optical and build quality
    Weather sealing
    F4 aperture
    Fast AF speed
    Zoom capability

    I won't receive it until January but i'll post some thoughts and images after that.
    Thanks for your valuable input!
    Congrats on making your decision. Just be sure to check the lens carefully. I purchased 2 different lenses thru Keh. Both had problems. The zoom would get stuck at a certain focal length on one. It was nearly impossible to slightly zoom in or out from there. The other had sticky aperture blades which caused many photos to be overexposed (blades wouldn't stop down fully). I've had better luck buying preowned thru Allen's Camera, B&H, and even Amazon sellers (yes, two excellent lenses: my Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR and my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR were from 2 different Amazon sellers).
    Thanks/Like [email protected] Thanks/liked this post
     
    Cindy
    Flickr
    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Congrats on making your decision. Just be sure to check the lens carefully. I purchased 2 different lenses thru Keh. Both had problems. The zoom would get stuck at a certain focal length on one. It was nearly impossible to slightly zoom in or out from there. The other had sticky aperture blades which caused many photos to be overexposed (blades wouldn't stop down fully). I've had better luck buying preowned thru Allen's Camera, B&H, and even Amazon sellers (yes, two excellent lenses: my Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR and my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR were from 2 different Amazon sellers).
    That's a little distressing for me as its difficult to get and return items from here. Fingers crossed! Thanks
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    That's a little distressing for me as its difficult to get and return items from here. Fingers crossed! Thanks
    Believe me - I hear what you're saying. Keh allows free returns if it doesn't suit you, but the cost of the return would be on you. I checked out used prices on Allen's and B&H. It seems the price you are paying is equivalent to one in GOOD condition, not in EXC+. So I am concerned for you. Just being honest here. Once while at Allen's, one of their employees looked up a price on Keh and wondered how they even determined such a low price.

    Allen's has one (although their site lists 2, both have the same serial number). If you are interested, I could check it out for you.

    Scroll partway down the page if you want to see it. It's listed in GOOD condition.

    https://allenscamera.com/used/lenses...sort=pricedesc
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    Cindy
    Flickr
    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  10. #10
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400 vr1?

    I'm pretty lucky in general, so I'll think good thoughts! I'll keep you posted...

    Thanks Amigo!
    Nikon D500, D7200 Sigma 11-20 Pro f/2.8. Nikkor 18-140 VR. Sigma 150-600 Contemporary
    Nikkor 200-400mm VR1 f/4
    My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/





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