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    Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Tried this behemoth on my D700 during a boat trip to Buyukada, the largest of Prince's Islands, Istanbul. With a combined weight of nearly 5kgs, shooting proved to be a little demanding on the forearm muscles. Still, I think this lens is very good in terms of contrast, realistic color reproduction and depth.
    Here are a few examples, with more on my flickr page. Thanks for looking.
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    ...and the rest:

    The most charming lady on the boat:







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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    They look absolutely great, Osman - and she looks so sweet, the young musician.
    Obviously a fabulous optic. If only it were a 4/400 prime (or even a 5.6/400) I would buy it in a heartbeat ... please, Nikon

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    I echo your sentiment about the 400mm prime, Steen. Thank you for your kind words. This weekend I'll try the 200/2.0, this time in Eminönü, one of the most crowded places in the city.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    The 200-400 and 200 2.0 are a couple of my dream lenses, and these photos show why. Of course, the man behind the camera had a lot to do with it.

    The gull shot is just a stunner! But I'm partial to dog pictures!
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you so much, Jason. The man behind the camera was only trying to aim at the subject, nothing more. And gulls... My favorite bird.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Absolutely gorgeous shots Oman!

    I am just switching back to Nikon, one of the main reasons being the 4/200-400, which I will buy over time. Was not so happy with Sony A900 and especially the lens line up from Zeiss - nothing exciting coming.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you Peter. I was on the verge of selling all of my Nikon gear, when the latest firmware for D700 did the trick.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Stunning Images Osman!

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Interesting, Osman.
    Excellent shots, i particularly like tHe first three shots of your second posts.


    Re your following week-end test, beware: that lens is devilish.


    edit : btw, i second your remark about the D700 FW upgrade. Makes it a close to perfect all around 12Mp tool.
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Great photos, Osman.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you very much Corlan and Jorgen. It's so motivating to get praise from people whose works I constantly admire.

    Corlan, I do not know what that last firmware update brought, but when I go back to shots before I made that upgrade to make comparisons, I'm always -now pleasantly- surprised. I agree that D700 is very close to perfection in its segment now.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Osman - nice job hand holding the 200-400VR. I particularly enjoyed the seagull shot.

    I don't often shoot the 200-400VR off the tripod and I confess that I'm often guilty of using one of my fellow shooters as a 'shoulder-pod' - i.e. rest the lens on their shoulder if necessary

    Btw, I'm visiting Istanbul myself for a week in May. I'll have to look through your galleries for some local photographic inspiration.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you Graham. You certainly have 'reliable' fellow shooters
    So glad to hear you're visiting Istanbul in May. You can contact me at [email protected]. I hope it doesn't rain.
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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Great stuff....but the lens is a "beast" . I use the 200-400/4 for baseball,surfing etc but always with a "5"series Gitzo monopod....it balances perfectly and can be easily carried on your shoulder . These are situations where I can get close but can not move much..so a zoom in the range of 200-400 is perfect.

    You should try the 70-200/2.8 VRII ..it is step function better than the 200-400 and compares favorably when using the 1.4X extender. I also understand that the new 2x extender is getting great reviews with this lens. But ,of course ,its not a 400mm .

    You will also see how the 200-400 is much stronger at near distances. This is where the lens really shines and your images show it . Very nice work thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you for your appreciation and tips, Roger. I do have the 70-200, albeit the VRI version. I'm very fond of this lens and it is obviously much easier to carry, compared to 200-400. I understand that the newer version is substantially better, but as the saying goes; "too many lenses, too little money"!
    I do agree with you that 200-400's strong suit is shooting at closer distances, but in street photography, this is not very easy.

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    Really terrific stuff, Osman. Truly!

    I too love the 200-400, and it remains one of the reasons I stayed with Nikon through some times when I really thought I'd had enough. Now, with the D3/D700 and beyond, I'm glad I stuck it out. Just wish I hadn't sold my 200/2, but to be honest, the new 70-200/2.8 is very close, so I'll muddle along.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you very much, Lloyd. I tried in vain to sell my 200/2, but was unsuccessful. Now I consider myself lucky. I have shot nearly 300 photographs with this gem last Saturday and am thrilled by the results. I shall post a few examples soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    I have shot nearly 300 photographs with this gem last Saturday and am thrilled by the results. I shall post a few examples soon.
    I look forward to seeing more, my friend!

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    A bit late to the party here, but these are lovely photos, Osman. I particularly like the first one and how the haze in the background helps bringing out the foreground. Excellent composision.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    A bit late to the party here, but these are lovely photos, Osman. I particularly like the first one and how the haze in the background helps bringing out the foreground. Excellent composision.
    Osman: +1. I'm even later! That's a great lens and your photos show it. It's the biggest Nikon lens that I kept (sold the 500mm). I like it's range for wildlife. It's also supposed to work quite well with the new TC-E20II. A 400-800mm zoom! With a D3s, it'd be fast enough for almost any shooting. Cheers, Matt.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Wow, more appreciation from two masters! I'm honored, gentlemen, thank you.

    Matt, upon reading what you wrote, I felt sorry that I did not have the foresight to take the TC-E14II with me that day. I also have the TC-E20I unfortunately, which does not amount to much in my opinion.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    I use the TC-E14II on mine quite often, but I'm really looking forward to trying the new TC-E20II. I'm seeing impressive results, and hearing raves from some people whose work I really admire.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    I regularly use the TC-14E II (great) and TC-17E II (good) but never really got on with the TC-20E II (not so good ) . I'm waiting to see if the TC-20E III works any better.

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    Oops. I meant to say TC-E20III.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you, Graham and Lloyd. I would be thankful if somebody here could post a few samples of the TC-E20 III.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    Thank you, Graham and Lloyd. I would be thankful if somebody here could post a few samples of the TC-E20 III.
    Osman: Hasn't yet arrived at Glazers in Seattle. See 22 Feb. in Brad Hill's Blog: http://www.naturalart.ca/voice/blog.html. Should be awesome with the 200mm/f2, also. Cheers, Matt.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Thank you, Matt. I've just read it and decided to buy the TC-20EIII.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    Thank you, Matt. I've just read it and decided to buy the TC-20EIII.
    Osman: Great! Share your experience with us when you get it. Cheers, Matt.

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    Osman: Check the website out again. He's posted his full review of the TC-20EIII! Cheers, Matt.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    I did upon your prompt and found it most enlightening. Now money-saving starts

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Quote Originally Posted by otumay View Post
    I did upon your prompt and found it most enlightening. Now money-saving starts
    Osman: I'm disappointed that the 200-400mm doesn't appear to work very well with the new TC-E20II. It's such a nice overall lens. Cheers, Matt.

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    Re: Nikkor 200-400/4.0 VR handheld

    Matt, do you mean the TC-E20III?
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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Matt, do you mean the TC-E20III?
    Carsten: Yes. Left off a "I".

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