Do these lenses compare?

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  1. N'Kolor

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    Okay, I was a Canon guy until last week. I had a 40D with kit lens 28-135 and a 70-200 f4L IS. I had planned to trade the 70-200 in on something larger as 200 wasn't quite long enough.

    Now that I am a Nikon user I need help. Since I am familiar with L series glass I need help in comparing two lenses. I really like the 100-400 L series lens by Canon. I would like to compare this lens to a Nikon 80-400 VR.

    They seem to be close in price, the Nikon is a tad more, similar range, Nikon is a little wider, I don't know much about the glass Nikon uses vs. L series glass so any input is appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Mike
     
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    Oh yeah, my budget is about $1500 so if you have another SHARP long lens in mind, please feel free to add.
     
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    I guess not necessarily. A 400mm prime or larger would work.
     
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    Have you priced the Nikkor 400mm primes?

    An alternative is to get the 300mm f/4 (nice lens) and teleconverters.
     
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    The 300mm is within my range and I could get a 1.4x. My concern is not having VR.
     
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    How much of a concern is it? The D300 can quite comfortably go to ISO1600 without any kind of noise that would be of concern if you print a picture as opposed to look at it at 100%

    And VR is a fairly recent technology whereas photographers have survived for hundreds of years without it.

    Just get a monopod for your lens, you're likely to need it anyway. Shooting 300mm handheld is somewhat crazy.
     
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    I am actually hoping to talk the wife into getting a 70-200VR with a 1.7 teleconverter...we'll see how it goes in the morning. I sold some stuff that is supposed to be picked up tomorrow so I should have an extra $425. If I can pick the lens up at my local Ritz for about $1600, then I will be set!

    We'll see!
     
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    Before you go Ritz, check out B&H.

    B&H will cost be $1653.20 including 2 day shipping. I am on the East coast as well. The TC17EII was 349.95+, it was included in another order, but with 2 day shipping as well. I figure for an extra $9, the 2 day shipping is worth it if the total is large enough or if I just gotta have it.
     
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    I think I can talk Ritz down a tad...they price match ya know...whether they like to tell you or not. Plus, I have a Ritz card with 0% interest for 10 months. Also, I would have it tomorrow so when I go to the zoo on Sunday, I will at least have a good distance lens, since the 18-200 seems to be a little soft at 200.
     
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    Well I returned my 18-200 lens today and bought a 70-200 VR f2.8!!! This lens is bad arse!
     
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    The TC17 is bard arse too when you get around to adding it... it doesn't degrade the image quality and all you lose is 2 stops in speed. I own both.
     

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