70-300VR or 80-400 VR

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Falcon, May 13, 2007.

  1. Falcon

    Falcon

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    May 3, 2006
    Denmark
    I'm considering one of the above lenses, but have doubts on which one.
    My main use for it will be airplane spotting/airshows and animals (zoo). I know the 70-300 is less than half the price of the 80-400, but will I miss the last 100mm from 300 to 400? I have a 18-200 that I use about 90% of the time, so will the last 100mm in the 70-300 be a waste of money?

    Jorn
     
  2. Falcon

    Falcon

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    May 3, 2006
    Denmark
    UPS, Sorry this should have been in the Lens Lust forum, hope you'll forgive me this time :)
     
  3. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    You can use the kenko pro300 1.4 tc on both of those lenses mentioned.
    I have both the 70-300vr and the 80-400vr.
    My gallery images are 90 percent 80-400 vr and alot of the wild life with the tc.
    I will use the 70-300 for walk around with the tc in my pocket if needed.
    But love my 80-400:>))))
    You might be able to get by with the 70-300 VR ...That is a good lens and fast.

    Forgot to ask which camera you going to push these lenses with
    If less than a D2 type , I would stick with the 70-300 VR.

    I have no idea how the D80 or below would handle the 80-400.
    My D100 it was to slow

    I am using a D200
     
  4. Falcon

    Falcon

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    May 3, 2006
    Denmark
    I have the D70s and have tried the 80-400VR on it. It performed well, but was used at the zoo so how quick it autofocus wasn't really a problem, but maybe it will be at airshows.
    Most of the pictures here http://www.falcon1.dk/galleri/thumbnails.php?album=26 were taken with the 80-400VR.

    Jorn
     
  5. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very nice pics on your gallery.
    You ain't got no problems...llolol

    I shot an air show. Yikesss talk about fast. Those jets are much faster than I can follow..lolol NOT EASY
    80-400vr, D200

    http://www.pbase.com/techwish/tico_air_show_2007

    Not sure I even want to try next year:>)))))

    The D200 is faster than the D70s.
    But your camera is a good one. FPS will be alot slower is all

    The 70-300 is the new VRII so it will focus faster.
     
  6. Falcon

    Falcon

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    May 3, 2006
    Denmark
    Have just tried the 70-300VR at an airshow and was very pleased with it, so it will most likely be my next investment together with a Kenko 1.4 TC. It performed very well and was fast enough to AF on the planes without problems. The results can be seen on my homepage under Aalborg Airshow 2007.

    Jorn

    www.falcon1.dk
     
  7. i own them both..
    the 80-400 IQ blows away the 70-300 but it's lack of afs would be a prob for anything moving
     
  8. Randy

    Could you post examples showing the 80-400 'blowing' the 70-300 away ? Not that I doubt you, but i haven't seen anything posted that shows one lens is better than the other and I am honestly just curious how these compare.
     
  9. I would agree. I believe both would be of equal quality, IMHO.

    Nancy
     
  10. if i hadn't shot either I'd think a $1400 lens would be much beter than a $500 lens, but that's just me
     
  11. i don't shoot them together so I don't have an example showing both...sorry
     
  12. Randy

    sorry, after re-reading my post I felt it was sarcastic sounding, but I didn't mean it to come across that way. i would agree that a $1400 should be able to take on a $500 lens (or at least I would hope so).
     
  13. Falcon

    Falcon

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    May 3, 2006
    Denmark
    I have tried both lenses, but haven't tried the 80-400 at airshows (which will be my main use for a long tele), so I can't say if the AF is fast enough for fast moving objects. The 70-300VR performed very well and to be honest, I can't see a big difference in picture quality, but maybe I'm half blind :)
    So for the price (around 538$) I think the 70-300VR is good value for the money.
    You can check pictures taken with both lenses at my website www.falcon1.dk
    Givskud Zoo is mainly taken with the 80-400VR and Allborg Airshow 2007 with the 70-300VR (air pictures, not static planes)


    Jørn
     
  14. mdupont

    mdupont

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    Jun 12, 2007
    Centreville, VA
    I have the 70 - 300VR and love it. I have read on many posts that it will not autofocus when used with a TC. For Airshows I borrowed my neighbors 70 - 200 2.8 with at 1.7 TC and loved it. Focused fast and had great pictures.
    You can see almost all my bird pictures and Orioles baseball were taken with the 70 - 300. The JSOH airshow pictures were taken with the 70 - 200 (next lens on my list after I get my D200).
    https://theduponts.smugmug.com/

    Mike
     
  15. Hi all, Hope this might be of some help to you...
    D200 + 80-400vr...If you have already looked at this many thanks

    https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=118714

    D50 + 80-400vr
    0-200mph...2.7 seconds...!!!

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    I should of used a slower shutter for more blur in the prop...

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    I have never found the focusing speed on the 80-400vr a problem.Just my thoughts and opinions
     
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  16. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Greaat work Jason:))))
     
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