Africa for 50 days, best/cheapest way to have 200-400 lens

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Africa for 50 days, best/cheapest way to have 200-400 lens
Jul 8, 2012

I'm debating between:

1) Rent 200-400 VR II around $1500 including shipping/insurance
2) Buy 200-400 VR II new $6500 shipped + resell
3) Buy 200-400 VR I used $4900 shipped + resell

I will be gone for 50 days (not on safari the whole time, but won't be able to return the rental) so the rental price seems very high. The VR II is not available used that I can see, so that may mean selling it used = good price since supply is so low. However, the new --> used immediate value loss will hurt, whereas I can get the VR I used now. However, the VR I is a bit worse so if it's a close call I'd rather get the VR II.

Any suggestions?

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