Nikkor 80-400mm

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by slats1, May 21, 2007.

  1. slats1

    slats1 Guest

    Hey there,

    What's the latest buzz on the Nikkor 80-400mm VR
    lens ?? I'm looking for one for airplane phototgraphy. I think this
    slow lens will be fine. Not much choice !!

    ANY for sale ??

    slats1, May 21, 2007
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  2. Imo, the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR +TC20E is a much better and flexible choice.
    Yes, it costs more, but you all get a lot more for your $$.
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), May 21, 2007
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  3. slats1

    C J Campbell Guest

    Soft at 400 mm, especially wide open. Otherwise reasonably sharp. If
    you plan on shooting flying airplanes this lens focuses too slowly; you
    will have to use manual focus. No one knows why Nikon did not give this
    lens AF-S. The tripod mount is awkward, but it is not quite as bad as
    the reviews. It is heavy. It does not play nice with teleconverters,
    although some of them can be made to work.

    I have used mine for aerial photography. The VR helps reduce blur from
    vibration in the plane. Night aerial photography is an issue. You have
    to use manual focus and the lens is too slow. I have had poor luck with
    it for nature photography.

    I have used it for close-up photography, even though it will not focus
    very close. It works well for photographing individual flowers or seed
    pods in trees, for example.

    The autofocus system just does not work as well as that on other
    Nikkors. It hunts a lot and is slow. However, I just got it back from
    repair (it was dropped) and they did do some work on the AF and
    replaced the VR. I haven't had a chance to use it yet.
    C J Campbell, May 21, 2007
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