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Old Jul 18, 2006, 5:41 AM   #1
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Do you have the experience of using any of the following lenses for taking shots of birds?

Nikkor 80-400 mm, F4.5-5.6 (at around 241,500 JPY)

Nikkor 200-400 mm F4 (at around 1.029,000 JPY)

Nikkor 500 mm F4D (at around 1,008,000 JPY)

Nikkor 600 mm F4D (at around 1,260,000 JPY)

Which one, from your experience,is the best for the abovepurpose?

I like 200-400 but I have invested in80-400 because the range is wide, the priceattractive and the weight of the lensmanageable [1.3 kgs versus 3.3 kgs].500 and 600must be razor sharp in image quality and faithful in colour renditioning, but I am afraid they areless versatile judging bythe absence of thezooming function and the heavy weight of the lenses [3.4 kgs and 4.7 kgs respectivley].

No doubt about the excellent performances of 500 and 600 and would be interested in hearing from youabout 200-400's.
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 6:39 AM   #2
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i have no experienfce with these lenses but you can neve go wrong with primes... as for the 200-400... i have alot of wonderful things on this lens and that the VR works wonderfully and some people were even able to handhold this beast at 400. the 80-400 you cant really compare with the other 3 lenses because it is in a whole other class (at about a 1/3 of the price) the faster glass will always help, so if you can afford the other 3 then id lean towards those. Like you said there is not as much versatility in the primes but the results you will yeild will be amazing.

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PS dont buy this lens on my acount as i said i have no experience with it... wait for a few more posts, and i feeel you might get more repsponses in the Nikon Lenses forum!:idea:
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 9:13 AM   #3
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Thanks!
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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I have no experience with these lenses 9I shoot canon) but I have heard very good things about the 200-400 VR. Wish canon had an equivalent lens.

80-400 is no way near the other 3 lenses you mentioned.

I use canon 100-400IS and 400mm f5.6 prime. Nikon doesn't have any 400mm f5.6. The ultimate lenses for birds are canon's 500/600 f4 IS. The nikon equivalents don't have IS/VR which is very nice feature to have.
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 12:02 PM   #5
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Thanks! Do you mind posting a few shots taken with 100-400 and 400 for viewing?
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