Nikon 200-400mm f/4 or 300mm f/2.8

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Nikon 200-400mm f/4 or 300mm f/2.8
Aug 13, 2013

This is my first post but I've been reading the forum for years.

I've got a rather good dilemma on my hands and would like your advise/opinion.  I have to purchase either the 200mm-400mm f4 or the 300mm 2.8 vrII and a teleconvertor.  The lens will be mounted to a D600.

I shoot a lot of surveillance photography a well as ice hockey and lacrosse.  I've shot almost everything I needed to this point with the 70-200 vrII with good success but its no longer quiet enough reach.  A lot of my photos were taken on an older D90 body.  Having just recently moved to the FX D600, I need a longer focal length.  I'd love the 400mm f2.8, but that is jut a bit outside of my budget.

Ive read the discussions of the 200-400 being soft wide open at 400mm which is making me a bit gun shy.  Shooting both surveillance and ice hockey I tend to shoot wide open often.  I figure if I do the 300mm with a teleconvertor I would have a similar focal length and f-stop without the zoom capability.  The zoom capability was attractive to me as it works well for a lot of what I shoot but I see so many people shooting the longer primes, it makes me wonder what I hold do.

Point is, I cant decide what to do and I have to know by the close of business today.  Any suggestions on the 200-400 vs the 300?  Also, if you were to choose the 300mm, which teleconvertor would you use?

Thanks for you suggestions,


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