Reviews and Problems with Nikon 600mm f/4G ED VR AF-S
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Tack sharp...an amazing lens
9 August 2013
Summary: After years of drooling and wishing I had this lens, finally pulled the trigger. It's a huge bite out of your bank account but you get what you pay for, quality = $$$ and you'll get your money out of this lens. The images are super sharp, it focuses very quickly and everyone comments about how much better my picture quality is since using this lens. It's a bit heavy but that's to be expected for a lens of this size.
Summary: Yes, every once in a while I handhold this lens. And I can do so for a short time before I give up. I really should do it more often since it's great for developing upper body strength. If you need a long lens, this is the lens to get. At f/4, it has a bright viewfinder and excellent autofocus capability. It will let your camera do its best at continual autofocus. It is spectacularly sharp and detailed with excellent contrast when used properly.
Pretty amazing lens but it makes me nervous just to carry it
Jeff Wignall "Photographer, Author and Radio ..., Amazon
3 June 2013
Summary: I wish I could say that I own this lens, but I don't. I have had the opportunity to borrow it on two different trips and it is everything I daydreamed it would be--sharp, fast and all that great magnifying power is unreal. On the other hand, I found myself checking the tripod head (using a Swiss ballhead, not a Wimberly, which is probably far better and safer) to make sure it was locked down tight.
Summary: I really loved this lens but much to heavy for me to carry into the back country. I sadly returned it for refund but found nothing wrong with lens at all. Just didn't realize inspite of reading many reviews about the beauty of this lens how much of a hindrance its weight and bulk would be.
Summary: The first images obtained with this lens, mounted on a Gimbal head and a massive tripod, were just marginally better than the ones that I usually get with the Nikon 80-400mm, which made me nervous at such a price point. I tried everything possible (higher shutter speeds, every VR mode, a RF remote control, mirror up, Lv mode) without significant improvement. After many tests, I ended up discovering that the lens is short sighted.
Summary: I have tried an after market brand lens in this class of lens and it it was just soft plain and simple, but I mounted this to my Really Right Stuff Full Gimbal head and tripod and instant success with sharp vivid focus thanks to the VR and fast Auto Focus this lens has teamed up with my D3x, I can't wait to try this out on the wild life this upcoming spring.
For wildlife photography, this is your 'Cadillac'.
13 January 2012
Summary: As an addendum to my review of a year ago, I now own this lens and can say that it is the best lens I own. Fantastic! Excellent results, even with the 1.4x teleconverter. Incredible images. Comparing this lens to my other telephoto lenses, is like comparing a Cadillac to a Chevy. Owning this lens for someone who shoots wildlife is a dream come true. My only experience with this lens is a 5 day period that I rented it.
Summary: Big lenses are not for everyone. Heavy, long and somewhat cumbersome to protect and care for while in the field - all that goes away once you're set up and feel the glee of the auto focus homing in on the target. After struggling with manual focus long lenses for decades, with no VR capability, it's hard to express how the combination of auto focus and vibration reduction drastically improve one's ratio of usable and pleasing images. Expensive - youbetcha!