KBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1063 times:
Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 10): Ummm...how much does that lense cost? Because I'm looking to buy a D200 or D80 around next March. I'm just gonna guess between $1500-$2000
I just purchased a D200 yesterday, and got the kit with the 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED DX lense. At the same time, I also purchased the Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6D ED VR lense. The camera and lenses alone cost me $3559.99 ($1999.99 for the D200 body and 18-70, and $1559.99 for the 80-400 VR). Add to that a Pelican case, Lowpro Softcase, a new CF card, and tax, and the grand total came out to $4167. I will admit, it was quite a lot to spend at once, but it was worth it... Now, If I could only afford the 200-400 f/4, then I would be in heaven.
(Oh, by the way, I am a former Canon user. I used to shoot with a 30D, and before that, a 350D. I saw the light, and switched to Nikon)
Pavvyben From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 178 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
Wow, nice lense . Ive been thinking about getting one, at some point i probably will. Now you need a second body if you have one, so you can have the d200 80-200 on and maybe a D2x with the 200-400mm . If that hasn't burnt enough of a hole in your wallet. Be really good when you post some photos from it, haven't really seen what that beast can do
Quoting KBFIspotter (Reply 13): I am a former Canon user. I used to shoot with a 30D, and before that, a 350D. I saw the light, and switched to Nikon)
Then lens is not difficult to use and is very well balanced. It is not -that- heavy. Sometimes the lens is a bit difficult to use in a crowd because of its length.
The bag fits the lens plus an attached body with a battery pack. The lens is weatherproof. I used it in heavy rain with the D200 without any problems (also thanks to its enormous lens hood). Sometimes the 200mm low end of the zoom is a bit too long. And if you are tired, just place it on its lens hood.
I have a Nikon D70s that I bought a little over a year ago. I love it! I have a problem with dustspots on the pictures though I even got the camera cleaned professionally because I wasn't able to remove the dust away myself and the professional cleaning cost me $200 and I'm still able to see dust spots on the pictures
I really wish that I would be able to afford the D200 plus that lens from the thread starter
I love it! "Mine's bigger than yours"
The lens is about 7 pounds. I have shot a couple of days with it, and found it does take some adjusting to get used to. Partially just the intimidation factor - it's expensive, don't want to drop it, but also learning the right body position, etc. It is hand-holdable, but if you are planning on shooting for some time, then a monopod is a necessity to take the stress off.