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March 20
20-MAR-2013

March 20

Jaguar Cub

Thanks to our local camera store and photo group sponsor, George's Camera, I was able to try out the new AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens today.
I must say the focus is very fast compared to the old version which I own. It also seems to be sharper, and I like the ergonomics.
I do not like the $2,700 price tag. The old version of this lens is now available for $1,500. I'm not sure the new one is worth the extra $1,200.
Still, always fun trying out new gear.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/1600s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso400 (Photographed through mesh) full exif

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Sheila26-Mar-2013 01:48
Superb portrait, Walter. Great detail on the face and eye.
XiaoBernard9925-Mar-2013 16:17
Walter's talent for the Feline.
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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)24-Mar-2013 08:22
Excellent capture!V
Paolo
Carl Carbone23-Mar-2013 21:59
Great light in the eyes!
godro22-Mar-2013 21:43
Beautiful work!
Rick Bricker22-Mar-2013 04:55
Tempting when you see the results.....I always have lens envy!
Karen Stuebing21-Mar-2013 21:49
He looks alert and relaxed at the same time. Beautiful leopard. I agree with the others. That lens rocks. V.
janescottcumming21-Mar-2013 20:53
Excellent photo. What fun to get a chance to use new gear! V
J S Quesada21-Mar-2013 19:01
The lens is indeed giving very sharp results in your hands. V
Vickie BROWN21-Mar-2013 17:45
An remarkable portrait of this beauty! It looks his pal perched on the upper branch. BV
Dan Greenberg21-Mar-2013 17:10
Exceptional shot! Actually exceptional for most people, but in your case something you do all the time. I am glad to know they finally came out with an updated 80-400. I have been waiting for that, although I am not sure I can afford one right now. ~BV~
globalgadabout21-Mar-2013 14:38
it looks poised to attack...excellent result from your test..it may be pricey, but there is no such thing as too many lenses..
Marcia Colelli21-Mar-2013 14:34
Nice detail and light. Great pose V
Pepe Zyman21-Mar-2013 14:08
Difficult to keep up with lens upgrades.
Kevin Fairburn21-Mar-2013 14:02
Fantastic shot...so clear on the focus point and excellent DOF.
burtmann21-Mar-2013 13:55
Well it certainly worked well here. What great detail, color and expression. Well done Walter. V
Helen Betts21-Mar-2013 10:09
Excellent detail and light and such an intent expression. Looks like the lens is quite good, but wow, that's expensive. Personally I think you get great results with the old one as well. V.
Stephanie21-Mar-2013 10:06
A really beautiful "kitty"! Love your compo Walter ~ gives a wonderful diagonal feeling!
The lens does a beautiful job! It's time that I seriously consider buying a longer lens....
Tom LeRoy21-Mar-2013 09:49
He's tracking you pretty well, Walter. Sharp and contrasty, but a huge uptick in price. There is always birthday presents... :-) V.
John Lamb21-Mar-2013 09:43
He/she looks a little sad.
Colin Storey21-Mar-2013 08:19
Great portrait with that impressive lens. v
meekam tam21-Mar-2013 07:17
You did a great job with your new 80-400mm! Great composition! V
John Reynolds21-Mar-2013 05:53
Excellent capture. V.
Gérard Koehl21-Mar-2013 05:36
Excellent portrait. V
joseantonio21-Mar-2013 05:22
Great and sharp details with the new lenses...V.
Bryan Murahashi21-Mar-2013 05:06
Looks like a very sharp lens. Superb portrait. V
Lillian Rodriguez21-Mar-2013 04:53
Great capture ! Tack sharp and nice bokeh too! BV
fotabug21-Mar-2013 04:40
Such a great shot! V
Don Mottershead21-Mar-2013 03:56
Terrific shot. From the look of his nose he has already been in a few schoolyard rumbles. ~V~
Jim Coffman21-Mar-2013 03:05
Just superb,Walter!
Carol Rollins21-Mar-2013 02:31
The sharp detail is incredible! This is a gorgeous portrait of this beautiful cub.
Excellent composition and bokeh.
Anthony Bunting21-Mar-2013 02:28
Wow Walter this is awesome. Glad you got the opportunity to check out some new gear. Pretty hefty price tag on that lens but you make it look worthwhile and a good investment.
Ann Cleeves21-Mar-2013 01:57
Gorgeous animal. What a clear close shot.....almost a little too close for comfort! :)
Glenn Dean (Vatorman)21-Mar-2013 01:24
And a great meaning business shot Walter.
Patricia Kay21-Mar-2013 01:09
Such a fantastic capture Walter...amazing details...BV
LynnH21-Mar-2013 00:53
Beautiful cat. Great sharp details. This lens is awesome, I think. But yikes for the price. V
Marcia Rules21-Mar-2013 00:51
what a tense moment even thru mesh. When my cats' ears flatten like that,
I know I'm in trouble. V
Frank Brault21-Mar-2013 00:27
A superb portrait! It sure is a very sharp lens. Fantastic detail at 400mm! V
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