I have just let go of my 500mm f/4 as I'm pretty much done with birding, but the need for reach is always something that would be nice for a walk-about lens. I have the 24-70 now using with my D1 MK IV is a good match. My questions are, Is the image quality going to be top of the line like the 24-70 is? and the other question: Is it 2.8 throughout the 70 to 200 or does it drop off as you go to the greater focal lengths?
I have a carbon fibre tripod which should be good enough for this shorter focal length, but also, wanted to know how good this lens is and is it light enough for steady and experienced hand-held (I've used the 500 f/4 hand held for short 'bird overhead' shots and it worked well.)
Any exceptional shots that prove this lens's worth would also be appreciated. I am shooting mainly live action of my dogs at play lately. This is my main focus.