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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED II 35mm Primes
Submitted by grntdv a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2005
Strengths: Extremely fast focus
Awesome clear sharp shots
Good colour rendition even with such a large front lens element
Tripod collar handy
Weaknesses: Heavy as all christ to lug around
The price new ( that's why I borrowed it and haven't bought one yet )
Sturdy tripod needed as very heavy
Only the newer Nikon brand tele-convertors will work with it, the older (and I mean like only a year or two old ) Tele-plus brand convertors won't work
I borrowed this lens of a very trusting mate in our local camera club. We had a holiday trip out to Dubbo, in Western NSW and went to the Dubbo zoo. This lens was unbelievably awesome!
I do admit it was a heavy big sucker to lug around all day ( 4.4kg's/8 pound ) but the photos were awesome. It allowed me to get right up close to the animals like rhinos, elephants, tigers etc and with the wide 2.8 aperature, I could blur out background distractions to allow more natural looking shots. Also by having such a massive lens hanging on my side it did make me feel like a fully blown professional there for a few hours. It was heaps of fun.
The autofocus is extremely fast too having the AFS motor and driven rear lens element. The tripod collar also came in very handy. When I do my trip to Africa later I would definitly consider to beg, borrow or steal one of these. Pop a 1.5 or 2 times tele-convertor between the body and lens and you have yourself an awesome outfit. On a digital SLR you would could end up with a fast and sharp 600 to 1200mm lens. Very good for lions etc as they can run very sharp and have big sharp teeth which I don't want to have to get to close to.
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The only reason this lens got an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 was I deducted 1 star due to the weight of this lens. If it was a smaller lens that was obviously lighter, it definitly would've got a 5 out of 5.
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Price Paid: $3500.00
Purchased At: ebay USA
Type of photography: Outdoor