Long telephoto lens for landscape photography with D800

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Long telephoto lens for landscape photography with D800
Jan 11, 2013

Need recommendation for long telephoto lens (200mm-400mm) for landscape photography to be used with a D800e camera.

I currently use a 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII combined with TC-20E III which produces acceptable results. But recently i had the opportunity to use a rented AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII which completely blew my mind.  However, it costs more than my budget allows.

My situation looks like this:

  • Looking for something in the Range of 200mm-400mm. Zoom lens is not a must though, prime (e.g., 300mm) will work.
  • Will use it for landscape shots, so autofocus has lower priority than sharpness. I am okay with Manual focus.
  • Will mostly use f8-f16.
  • Weight is not an issue since i won't be using the lens for long hikes.

Any help with choosing the right lens would be greatly appreciated.

I love taking landscape photos using telephoto lenses. Here are some samples taken mostly with my 70-200mm+2x tele and D700. Sorry, no D800e tele pic to share yet.

 p m h's gear list:p m h's gear list
Ricoh GR Nikon D800E Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED +9 more
Nikon D700 Nikon D800 Nikon D800E
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