Nikon VR80-400mm 4.5-5.6f

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Steven Buglass, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. Has anybody got any experience of using the above lens, as I was thinking of
    purchasing it. any comments would be much appreciated.

    Steven Buglass, Nov 3, 2003
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  2. Steven Buglass

    Neil Barker Guest

    I don't have the 80-400, but I do have a Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR lens and I'm
    very impressed with it. Came about more as an accident - I'd ordered an
    80-200mm F2.8 AFS lens when I found out that Nikon were doing the VR lens
    for 3 quid less. It was thus a no-brainer decision.

    The VR system does indeed work very well - I've always been able to
    hand-hold lenses at very slow speeds, but this just makes it much easier.
    Great for when I do the occasional wedding in churches.
    Neil Barker, Nov 3, 2003
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    T P Guest

    The lens was the first Nikon VR offering and is not especially sharp.
    It has very slow and hesitant AF in good light and no AF whatsoever in
    low light, especially at the 400mm end. The VR system is also very
    hesitant compared to that on later Nikon VR lenses, especially the
    70-200mm f/2.8G.

    I think the 70-200mm f/2.8G would be a far better proposition,
    especially if used with a good teleconverter such as the Nikon TC20E
    or cheaper (but still very good) Tamron Pro or Kenko Pro (same
    optics) 1.4X or 2X. You will get better optics, fast and accurate AF
    thanks to the Silent Wave Motor and a VR system that works very well

    The 80-400mm VR closely resembles a Nikon development project in
    progress, carried out and funded by Nikon buyers. The 70-200mm is the
    finished article, and a highly competent lens.
    T P, Nov 3, 2003
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    Steph Guest

    I love mine.........
    Steph, Nov 4, 2003
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