70-300VR ro 80-400 VR

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by revoke99, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. revoke99

    revoke99

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    Marina Del Rey
    I am looking into buying a telephoto lens and was looking into these two lens the nikon 70-300VR or 80-400VR which lens do you guys think has better IQ and faster AF..
     
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  3. I have both. The 70-300 has faster AF however my 80-400 has better IQ particularly at the longer focal lengths. I find that I don't use the 70-300 much since acquiring the 80-400 however I do miss a fair number of BIF shots that I probably would have gotten with the 70-300. I'm considering selling my 70-300.
     
  4. I've seen fine results with both lenses.
    The 70-300 weighs 26 oz.
    The 80-400 weighs 48 oz.
    A pretty substantial difference.
    Fred
     
  5. I actually find the weight of the 80-400 provides better balance on my D300 than the lighter 70-300. However, the 70-300 is definitely easier to lug around.
     
  6. revoke99

    revoke99

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  7. I know what you mean, the search is usually good but there are times that it's hit and miss. The thread that I pointed you to was a pretty good one, I thought. Hope you got some good info from it.
     
  8. You might have to blaze a new trail on this issue. The thread RB referenced contained some interesting opinions, but I don't think any of them were basd on performance on an fx body, and that will make a difference. I've seen great pictures from both, so what it may boil down to is the extra reach of the 80-400 vs. the faster focusing of the 70-300.
     
  9. VoidRaven

    VoidRaven

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    Jul 13, 2006
    Lagrange, OH
    Why not rent/borrow a copy of both and see how they perform on the D700? Could be one way to help make the decision.

    After a long debate recently, and with the help of many Cafe goers, I have finally decided to go for the 80-400 for the extra reach (I just can't swing the $4K for a prime, or the $5,200 for my dream 200-400....YET!). I do a fair amount at the zoo, starting to get more into back yard birds at my feeders (not BIF), and have been in a couple other scenarios where the little extra reach beyond 200mm would be nice. After a lot of reading and research I formed my *opinion* that the 80-400 would be my best move.

    Unless, of course, I go the complete opposite direction and buy a new portrait lens to use for our daughter. Lens Lust and Life are fickle beasts!!!!

    Good Luck in whichever route you choose!
     
  10. Hmmmmm! That's quite right UF, a 400 mm won't fill the frame as much on FX as a 300 mm does on a DX. At the same distance that is. It would be interesting to see some shots with both lenses on the D700. The OP might want to change the title of this post to include "on a D700" or "on FX".
     
  11. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
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  12. The 80-400 VR is a great lens. Stop down it's sharp. It's image quality is excellent on the D3/D300. My biggest gripe is the AF is very slow with the screw motor. If it was an AFS lens, I'd probably use it more than my 70-200 VR.
     
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  13. revoke99

    revoke99

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    Jul 26, 2008
    Marina Del Rey
    Thanks guys..I was originally planning on getting a 70-200 plus a TC but they are always out of stock and seem to sell pretty fast on the used market..I'm kinda leaning towards the 80-400 just for the reach because after some thought I would probably use it more for a landscape and still bird shots not so much BIF..
     
  14. You know though the 70-200 VR would complete your kit. It's one of those lenses you just have to have.
     
  15. revoke99

    revoke99

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    Marina Del Rey

    I know..I know... The 70-200 is a nice lens..Is there really such thing as complete your kit..I always tell myself that when I buy a lens..When I was a canon shooter I went through almost all there pro lens line up telling myself this will complete my kit..
     
  16. This is what I would consider the Nikon FX core kit:

    14-24
    24-70
    70-200

    After that, you can mix and match everything else. If I were to reduce my kit it would look something similar to that.
     
  17. revoke99

    revoke99

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    Jul 26, 2008
    Marina Del Rey

    I'm going to wait till the end of the year to see if they come out with a new 70-200 if not that is next on my list..I really want the 200-400 that you have..But it is out of my budget for right now..