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Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Lens Sample Photos

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Comments
Julio Mulero12-May-2008 19:35
I own both the 80-400mm (3 yrs) and 300mm f/4 AF-S (6 mo) and carry them both regularly in my bag. The 80-400mm was not built for fast action photography since it lacks AF-S capability but what it offers is versatility, a smaller size and great optical quality. On a tripod and at a 300mm focal length my 80-400mm and 300mm f/4 lenses are equal in center sharpness with the 80-400mm lens having better edge to edge sharpness. I do not use the VR feature much so can not comment on it. I also find that the 80-400mm lens focuses faster on my newer D80 than on the D70s. I have plenty of recent examples with both lenses in my gallery. Please, understand that these are my subjective opinions on two lenses that I own and to draw a more accurate comparison a much larger population size would be needed. I would like to hear other people's experience using both lenses.
Michael Mingo13-Nov-2006 14:42
I just bought this lens a few weeks ago and could not be more pleased, I was a little skeptical after things I've read in various reviews. Of course I don't plan to use this lens for fast-action stuff in average or low lighting - but the 400mm really get me in close to subjects where I would not be able to otherwise. Here are some pics taken with the lens:

http://www.pbase.com/mmingo/planes

http://www.pbase.com/mmingo/80_400

The colors are perfect straight out of the camera almost all of these pics had nothing doens but some sharpening which is normal for me on my D200 regardless of the lens I use, and maybe a little contrast added.
Ideal Circumstances...18-Oct-2006 20:29
I couldn't agree more with Nick. Since acquiring this lens I have become one of its greatest proponents. I took it with me to Africa and its range and versatility allowed me to get shots I couldn't have gotten without multiple bodies and lenses. At f/8 to f/11 the sharpness is fantastic and with good technique, this lens is a great addition to my lens collection.

Take a look at these to judge for yourself:http://www.pbase.com/vernonl/south_africa
Guest 26-Sep-2006 21:07
I have examples of field hockey shot with this lens here: http://www.pbase.com/nick6000/duke_at_iowa
Guest 26-Sep-2006 21:06
This lens is outstanding! Ignore the poseurs who pretend this lens is too slow (aperture or AF) for general use. Unless you are shooting volleyball or F1 racing, you do not need SWM or USM driven lenses like the fanboys will say you do. Optically, this is my third best lens after my 85/1.4 and 50/1.8, which is amazing considering the range of this zoom. Good job, Nikon! VR is very useful and a great help from about 180-400mm. Turn it off if you put the lens on a tripod.
anthony11-Jul-2006 12:22
This is one of those lenses that gets mixed reviews on the web, with some people being very against it. I've had one for about 18 months, and my experience has been generally great. I wanted a lens that I could walk all day with and would cover a wide range. Speed of focussing was not my priority when I bought this. The VR works beautifully, and I can hand-hold this on a D70 at 400mm and get sharp pictures. Here is an example of a crop from a 400mm picturehttp://www.pbase.com/anthony/image/54511358 (Chrysler Building in New York). The one thing that the lens has surprised me with is how well it does when photographing aircraft. I hadn't expected the (slow) autofocus on a D70 to be much use, but I find it is perfectly usable (i.e. limited by the skill of the operator): here's an example of a Sea Fury coming at the camerahttp://www.pbase.com/anthony/image/63266648. In terms of image quality, I've been impressed. The previous telephoto zooms (OK - 1980s vintage) I've owned have been fairly modest in terms of image quality, and this is much better. The images take PSCS2 Smart Sharpen well. I've made nice 12x8in prints with no problem (I've not yet tried anything larger). The downside of the lens on a D70 is that the autofocus can hunt horribly. I use the focus limiter most of the time to minimise hunting, but still miss pictures every so often. My view is that if you want to photograph indoor basketball, forget this lens. But if you want a convenient walk-around telephoto that will occasionally deal with fast-moving objects in good light, this is a great choice. For my purposes, I've not regretted buying it for a minute. The only thing is, it makes me want to get a camera body with faster/better autofocus....

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