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#1 C.L.Extreme


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Posted 02 January 2010 - 08:57 PM

I have used both lens, I wish I could afford both. I love the 400mm 2.8 for late football and action in evening you can't get much better. But I also like the 200-400 f4 just for it range of use. I don't really use the 500mm+ area much, but would like to have the option. I seen some shot with the 2-4 with a 1.7 and 2.0 TC on them and they are a little soft. and the 400 with the 2X seems the same. I never got to try either lens with a TC on it. I like to know what your thoughts are here and if the new tc2x III might be a sharper than the old one. I have to get something soon, I miss a great shot today, due to I only had my 70-200 with me. There was 4 bald eagles all sitting together across the river and here I am kicking myself for having a short lens. I'm really looking for more a personal thoughts instead of like reviews. Thanks


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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:57 PM

Well I've shot quite a few airshows with the following glass: 400/4 Tamron Adaptall with 1.4x & 2x converters - 35mm 300/2.8 Nikkor AFS with TC14E II on DX & 35mm 75-300/4.5-5.6 Nikkor on DX & 35mm I would dearly have loved the flexibility of a 200-400 zoom with a couple of converters. The 75-300 doesn't do well with converters and it's a bit short on FX for thiis kind of shooting. The primes make superb shots when I can frame them as I'd like, but without rhe zoom, that's more difficult. You know this already but the prime would be better in low light.
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Posted 03 January 2010 - 04:09 AM

Out of my reach but a mate has had both and recons the 200-400 was the one he got the most use from. It is only a stop down from the 400/2.8 but gives you a more flexable alround range.
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