Excerpt: I use this lens to photograph birds. I shot everything from eables to warblers with it. Yes it is somewhat heavy but the quality & sharpness of the imagages is absolutly oustanding. Focus i very quick & accurat Ys I do hand hold it a it is impossile to shoot warblers from a tripod.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is acceptably sharp throughout its range. Not too heavy, compared to my 400 2.8, and reasonably compact.I'm now predominately a wild-life shooter. This lens lets me trek with two lenses, two converters (1.3 & 1.7), two bodies, tripod and monopod.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I am a wildlife photojournalist by profession and I am actively doing wildlife tracking and behavior monitoring of predators that demands a lot of bumpy driving or boating with heavy camera kits and photographing in unstable conditions.
Summary: I've been shooting with this lens for the last two years and prior to that the first version for four and a half years. It is as fine a lens as can be had for birds in flight, hand carried, as well as anything else. It's versatility is second to none.
Excerpt: As soon as we received this lens, we took it to Yellowstone and Grand Teton for its maiden voyage. It provides an excellent ability to adjust to a variety of shooting situations with great ease and efficacy.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This is an amazing lens...however, the retail price listed by Amazon is NOT the true price. If you go to www.nikonusa.com and have a look at their info about this lens, you'll discover that the retail price is $6999.95 NOT the $8400 price tag shown by Amazon.
Excerpt: I do mostly action shots for boat racing and this lens serves me well. I was debating for a long time if I would go with the 300mm 2.8, 400 2.8 or this 200-400 f4. 300mm would have been too short on several occasions and 400mm too long on several occasions as well.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: A serious tool to capture candid wildlife shots. I have researched a lot on the lens that can accommodate my needs of both wildlife photojournalism and film making and this lens is the one that suits the most pairing up with the holy trinity - 70-200mm VR2 and the 24-70mm G lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I am a long time serious amateur and I have coveted this lens for a long time. I specifically waited on the newer version and the improvements in the VR capability were well worth the wait. Sharpness, bokeh and expected Nikon build quality are all there.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction