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Old Jan 14, 2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Default Anybody using Nikkor 80-400mm VR?

Anybody using Nikkor 80-400mm VR?
I find mine a bit soft at 400mm, but tack sharp at 380 or less.
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A friend here in Belize is on his third. The first two died of internal fungus, and Nikon didn't even meet him halfway. When this one dies he's going for the Bigma II. Doesn't have focus issues though.
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Here are some shots I took a few hours ago with this lens set between 380mm & 330mm. I think the lens is plenty sharp enough as long as you don't max out the lens to 400mm.









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I've found similar, although some shots at 400mm turn out really quite good - I think the conditions play a large role.

I shot this one on a beautiful summer day at the Baltimore Grand Prix last year, and it's as sharp as I could hope for:

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Sad to say, I sold my lens yesterday. It consistently couldn't match my Nikkor 70-300mm VR with the Kenko 1.4 Pro 300 (which gives me aprox 400mm). The 70-300mm was quite a bit faster when focusing on birds in flight and sharper. I had to work too much to get the 80-400mm to get good shots.
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jack post some pics of your combo of the 70-300mm and the Kenko.
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jack post some pics of your combo of the 70-300mm and the Kenko.
I have a lot to do today, so I found this one in a hurry. Shot at 550mm w/Kenko on a cloudy day. No cropping, mild sharpening in CS5.



Maybe only one out of every ten shots are acceptable. Now I know on a nice sunny day, it is much better... but a lot of my shooting is on cloudy days here in the NW and why I went back to the 70-300mm with Kenko which is much faster focus tracking and has sharper, clearer photo's on cloudy days.
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thats interesting because i was under the impression you couldnt (or maybe just shouldnt) use a TC on the 70-300 because it didnt step down enough, i too would like to see more examples of this combo if you get the chance jack
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thats interesting because i was under the impression you couldnt (or maybe just shouldnt) use a TC on the 70-300 because it didnt step down enough, i too would like to see more examples of this combo if you get the chance jack
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For some reason, Nikon didn't make any TC that works with that lens, or lens like the Sigma 50-500mm, but Kenko does and it works great.
I'll have to dig around to find the ones I took.. which wasn't very many.
The main reason I sold this lens was it was too slow on subjects like BIF etc. My Nikkor 70-300mm VR is much faster and works well with the same TC and gives me 420mm.
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