« on: July 03, 2014, 06:15:56 PM »
I've been using Great Whites for years, but I've NEVER considered buying one. As a Pro using a piece of gear three (3) time a week means you should probably own it. If less, just rent as needed. As some-one just using a 400mm f/2.8 once or twice a year, renting is a no-brainer.
A hobbyist needs to follow a similar idea. Will you shoot BIF (or surfing, etc) every (or most) weekend(s)? Or will you just use it once or twice a year, while on a trip?
On one of the fora, about ten years ago, there was a guy who claimed to own every Great White except a 1200mm. He also claimed to have never opened a box (that would destroy their value). So are you a photographer or a gear collector (who seldom uses his gear).
BTW big lenses need big support, so you will need a gimbal head or a SharpShooter rifle stock http://www.sharpshooterindustries.com/ssHome.html Or maybe both
C.D...Good points in general but in these times, with interest rates near zero, there's very little investment opportunity cost, which lessens your point. If I have $10k laying around earning .10%, why not buy a used mint 400 2.8ii for $10k, use it for two or three years, and then sell it for at least $9.5k. (as long as I've taken care of it)
If you buy a gently used great white, take care of it, and sell it in 10 years, you will have lost only a little money. renting a 400mm 2.8 a few times a year for 10 years would probably cost you at least $6-7k over the years, AND you don't get the enjoyment of owning the lens!
just trying to point out a different perspective.
take care, north