Nikon 200-400 f/4 vs Nikon 300 f/2.8? Better option?

Started Nov 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
mikew
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One other distinguishing characteristic between the two lenses...
In reply to wasserball, Nov 18, 2012

I have both the 300 vrII and the 200-400 VRI. Both are spectacular lenses, used on a D300, D700, D800 and D4. But I do a lot of bird in flight photography. I have tried to use the 200-400 for this for several years, but with limited success. I find that I can not smoothly follow the BIFs as well with the 200-400 as I can with the 300 or 300+1.4X. The 300 is enough shorter and lighter to make my BIF success rate much better. The 200-400 is a bit longer and heavier in the front. It makes fine tuning the speed of my pans with the flying birds more difficult.

One great strength of the 200-400 is its close focusing ability. A very useful feature.

PS_ I wish Nikon had something like the Canon 400 5.6.

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