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Old May 25, 2010, 3:51 PM   #1
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I am interested in any user feedback/ comments on the IQ of this lens at 400 mm. Also, without a SWM focusing mechanism, would focusing be too slow for daylight sports shooting. I would plan to use it with a D300.

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Although its reputation is not great, check out the Nikographer's work.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jon-/280182946/
Incredible stuff, most shot with the 80-400. Check out his links also.
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Thanks for the link. Great compositions...but most of the images are soft (i.e. lack crispness/sharpness). I was especially interested in his aircraft series and they either have been cropped too much or the lens appears to be soft at 400mm.

I wonder what alternatives I might have...Sigma 120-400?

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He has since switched to the 200-400. Check his other site.
http://natureandwildlifephotography.blogspot.com/
Sigma has updated the Bigma to include stabilization, but also increased price. I would love to get a longer lens but will have to get approval from the "BOSS" (wife).
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I could not convince myself that there is an equivalent lzoom lens to the venerable 70-200 f/2.8 that has the IQ at a 400 mm range. I have therefore decided to give the 1.7 T/C a try. With my 70-200 f/2.8, I will lose a couple of f/stops which is still plenty faster than the Sigma or the Nikon 80-400. I have 14 days to test it for impact on sharpness. The 70-200 f/2.8 is wonderfully sharp at 200mm...and has SWM and VR. I'm keen on seeing how much degradation in sharpness will occur with the 1/7 t/c.
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I could not convince myself that there is an equivalent lzoom lens to the venerable 70-200 f/2.8 that has the IQ at a 400 mm range. I have therefore decided to give the 1.7 T/C a try. With my 70-200 f/2.8, I will lose a couple of f/stops which is still plenty faster than the Sigma or the Nikon 80-400. I have 14 days to test it for impact on sharpness. The 70-200 f/2.8 is wonderfully sharp at 200mm...and has SWM and VR. I'm keen on seeing how much degradation in sharpness will occur with the 1/7 t/c.
Wingman: I find myself with the same questions. What is your opinion of the 70-200 f/2.8 and the 1.7 TC and D300 ?
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Wingman and logo,
I have been using the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 with the TC17 (on my D90 and now with D800). Some loss of sharpness, but still very good.

Current options for longer length are new Nikon 80-400 and new Tamron 150-500, although am waiting for further testing on the Tamron, but looks very good in Canon mount (Nikon version close to be sold, maybe already out).
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Paniolo,

I'm having the same great experience with the 70-200 f2.8 + 1.7 TC on both my D90 and now especially on my D800. It worked excellent on my D300s as well. Thefocusing is fast and the lens is tack sharp throughout the entire zoom range. I typically shoot at f5.6-f8.

The price of the new 80-400 is very high (IMO). Not sure I want to pay $2200+ for 60 mm more zoom than I currently have. I continue to hear good things about the Tamron 150-600 mm...I'm waiting to see some actual pictures on the forum as well as hear actual user experiences.

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