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Old Sep 28, 2005, 2:39 PM   #1
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I rented the Nikon 80-400 VR to try it out hiking in the mountains a few weeks ago, and was happy with the image and build quality. However, as so many have noted, it's auto-focus is gawd awful slow. Using the focus limit button helps, but it's still nowhere near AF-S.

I know the lens has been out for a while, but does anyone have any insight into if Nikon will upgrade it to AF-S?

And more to the point: Should I wait to see if they do upgrade it, or come out with something better before my trip to Ireland in 9 months?

And yes, before you all jump on me to buy the 200-400 VR or 70-200 VR, I have considered them, but they have neither the range nor cost that I am looking for.
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Old Nov 24, 2005, 3:37 AM   #2
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Yeah, 80-400 would have been great coverage for shooting football this fall, but both the slow focusing speed plus slow aperature kept me from going that route. An 80-400 AF-S 2.8 for say $1,000. Ahh, we can all dream, can't we? :G
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Old Nov 24, 2005, 7:40 AM   #3
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Have you check out the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 EX?

I have the Canon 100-400L IS which is quite similar to the Nikon 80-400 VR, but it's USM instead, but my Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 EX is head and shoulder above it in term of AF speed - i.e. it's HSM ultrasonic fast and silent!

... even with a 2x TC (@ 600mm f/5.6):

-> IMO the Sigma is absolutely a steal if you compare it to a 300 f/2.8 of any brand :idea:

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