In southern Ontario this is prime Snowy Owl season for the next couple of months so with the lense on the blink I am thinking about picking up the Nikon AF-S 200-500MM F5.6E ED VR, looks to be a decent lense for my type of shooting from the reviews and looking at images on Flickr. Price is not that high compared to other comparable lenses, this way I won't have photography withdrawals during my vacation. Anyone shooting with this rig, my D7200 would be a good body I am thinking for this one. Then when my other lense comes back from repair I will have 2 good quaility lenses for different outings. Have thought about the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300MM FED IF-ED but a little short. Could get a teleconvertor but the cost would be up there to the point where a new 80-400 ED VR would even make sense. Though call, once I get in the store I will be able to hold them and make a decision.
* My current NIKON AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR is heading in for service today so that could take 2 months with the Christmas period upon us. The older ver of this lense the Nikon 80-400 4.5-5.6 was my main lense for years before giving it to my brother. Can be purchased for about $900 bucks, not sure how it would preform on my D7200. I used to shoot with this older ver on a D50.
A good lesson to be learned by me as only having 1 lense for shooting may come back to bit you at some point. So having a 2nd one could be a decent investment long term.