80-400VR What do you think?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jonathan, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan

    676
    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Just hoping for a few comments on this lens. Thank You!!
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Johathan

    I might sell mine, now that I ordered the 70-200 and the TC 1.4...


    Need to fund new lens :>)))))))

    Take a look at the pics in the Merritt II shoot, Harry and I were both shooting the 80-400 VR
     
  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan

    676
    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
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  4. Jonathan,

    I have the 80-400 and used it extensively on my D100. It's a great lens, but wish it was a little faster and had AF-S. It "hunts" quite a bit in low light. If Nikon ever does create one with AF-S, I might ditch the 70-200.
     
  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan

    676
    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Thanks Don. I appreciate the help.

    Jon
     
  6. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Jonathon,

    I had one but sold it to a friend. The lens performed quite well but I sold it to help fund a 70-200mm f/2.8 VR because I felt that having all f/2.8 glass was better for shooting sports action. I used my 24-120mm VR as a walk-around and the 80-400mm VR zoom for distance shooting and they were both great lenses. The 24-120mm VR is back in it's original packaging, stashed away waiting for it's new owner to say that she is ready for it.

    If the 80-400mm VR sounds like something that you wish to add to your camera bag and you can afford Nikkor glass...the lens will serve you well.
     
  7. Jonathan

    Jonathan

    676
    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Thanks Very Much!!
     
  8. Jonathan

    I had a 80-400mm VR and I sold it to finance a 200-400mm. The 200-400mm is an outstanding lens but I regret having sold the 80-400mm. It did the job for me. It was a great lens to use in the locales that I haunted.

    Russ
     
  9. Jonathan

    Jonathan

    676
    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Thanks Russ, I have a chance to pick up a used one in mint shape at a great price. I think I'll jump before I lose it.

    Thanks again!!

    Jon
     
  10. It's a great lens even at 400mm. The only problem I have with mine is that it's not really fast enough focusing for birds in flight and the like. If you would like to see some examples of pics I have taken look at my posts in the birds and animals pictures section of this forum.
    The great thing about it is that it is hand holdable - the VR really works. The tripod mounting bit can be detached which saves a bit of weight and makes the lens camera assembly easier to hold.
     
  11. Jonathan

    Jonathan

    676
    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Thanks Dave, I looked at some of your shots. They're great and very sharp. That settles it for me. I already called and ordered the lens. I need a larger camera bag(again)!!
     
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