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Old 04-17-2008, 05:02 PM
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Discussion on Nikkor 80-400 VR f4.5-5.6D-ED

Has anyone ever used this lens? If so can you share your experience as in speed of auto focus, IQ, flexibility in low light, etc
The price is similar to 70-200 VR 2.8 but has a much longer reach for outdoor telephoto as in going to zoo,birdpark,etc.
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70-200 VR 2.8 RM 6K
70-300 VR 4.5-5.6 RM 1.8K
80-400 VR 4.5-5.6 RM 5.3K
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:18 PM
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Remember 70-200mm with a 2x TC will also give you 400mm f/5.6.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:25 PM
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Well, it really depends if you need the f2.8. I don't think the 4.5-5.6 is adequate for low light but I could be wrong. I only have the non-VR version of the 70-300mm which is low light incapable

In a zoo or birdpark, with good weather, all three lenses will do great. And in zoos and birdpark, since its a controlled environment, 200mm is usually enough.
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Remember 70-200mm with a 2x TC will also give you 400mm f/5.6.
Hi ST,
aware of that but was thinking that the TC20E softens the IQ a fair bit
and also that you only need to carry 1 lens for tele if the range is 80-400. As long as the IQ is good under outdoor lighting and has fast focussing, it should be ok.
If its focussing is slow like the old AFS 80-200 then no point.
So looks like no one has owned this lens so far?
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:49 PM
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Hi ST,
aware of that but was thinking that the TC20E softens the IQ a fair bit
and also that you only need to carry 1 lens for tele if the range is 80-400. As long as the IQ is good under outdoor lighting and has fast focussing, it should be ok.
If its focussing is slow like the old AFS 80-200 then no point.
So looks like no one has owned this lens so far?
Yah the best IQ is with the 1.7TC, but you won't quite get the range.

As zio said, they are very different lenses really. 80-400 gives good range but isn't fast. It's kind of expensive for the aperture.

Another popular option is the 200-400mm f/4 VR which has AF-S, faster constant aperture but is a huge heavy monster. It's a very well ranked lens though. Fred Miranda rating.

Not useful for low light work though (indoor sports, catwalk etc) as it lacks the constant f/2.8 of the 70-200.

The 70-300mm VR is in a different range from the other two, very portable and decent IQ for the price, but not comparable to the other two.

80-400mm focus won't be that great as it's non AF-S, from what I know it's one of the slowest lenses focus wise. I don't know anyone that's owned this lens. Fred Miranda rating.

I have used the 70-200mm and own the 70-300mm. For the performance/price point I'd go for 70-300mm as it has AF-S and spec-wise is similar to the 80-400mm.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:10 PM
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ST/Zio....

pretty much agree with both of you guys..so was wondering if anyone in this forum had any hands on owner experience to share but I guess its not a very popular lens used...
I don't have a tele at present so can't go shooting at the zoo or bird park, or even digi sniping pretty lasses....
Thanks for your input nevertheless....
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:42 PM
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I have asked for a quotation before for 80-400mm VR. Its about RM4.5k really. The 200-400mm f4 is more than 20k le...

I too... am interested in this lense and also considering Sigma 50-500mm...
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My friend who has been using 1DsMkII for many years warned that if you use FF get the best lens available, or the flaws will be easily seen in your photos.

I have the 70-200mm f/2.8 and it's a great lens that my pro friends recommend. It's light and easy to use and with a TC it becomes more versatile.

I also have the 200-400mm f/4. This lens is very heavy and need a monopod. But its fantastic, something for motor sports and perhaps wildlife. But very troublesome because it's not one of the lenses that you can carry in your bag together with other lenses and it will be stuck on the camera all the time so you'll need 2 bodies if you decide to take it out for use.

I also have the 200mm f/2. This is a superb lens, one of the best Nikon telephotos. Again this is heavy (3kg) so a monopod is necessary and again you'll need two bodies if you decide to take it out for your shoot.

If you haven't got the 70-200mm, then that's the lens you should get. Then get a TC-17E II and you're set for the zoo or wildlife shoot. And sometimes even for motor sports.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:25 PM
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well. always follow uncle noordin foot step. u'll nv goes wrong...

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If you have the budget, I'll say go for the 70-200mm. I dont think you can go wrong with that choice at the end of the day. You might say so much money spent, but it will be worth every cent.

I am already considering going down this route. Which may be realised soon enough.
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