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There is the test image created by combo of D800 with 80-400 G Nikkor plus Vivitar Ser 1 1.4 TC. Crop from extreme upper left corner, about 800%. The TC is not fully readable by camera, but EXIF data shows combined focus of 550 mm, with this lens sets at 400mm. Fantastic lens, what I could say more... LZ
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The same combo, but without TC. Minimal distance, ISO 6400, huge crop. Second image, crop from the same original, about 100%. I believe I got exact FT for this combo, +10.
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Which one have you used? Of course any TC is not solution for every situation, but this simple Vivitar is not that bad, to judge the upper image/crop. Sharpness, detailing, contrast is still here, not at full, of course, but in emergency this cheap TC will be on help, why not? If any, even primitive gear, is working for me, I will use it. Your stile requires top gears, that understandable, your images are stunning, no doubt there. LZ
 
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Which one have you used? Of course any TC is not solution for every situation, but this simple Vivitar is not that bad, to judge the upper image/crop. Sharpness, detailing, contrast is still here, not at full, of course, but in emergency this cheap TC will be on help, why not? If any, even primitive gear, is working for me, I will use it. Your stile requires top gears, that understandable, your images are stunning, no doubt there. LZ
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Yeah, I see... I need long zoom now, and I did think about that 200-500 very badly. Have tried it. Got beautiful result. But this thing appears to be too big and heavy for my needs (and physical abilities, hah!), and I will use much shorter end very often. So new 80-400 plus small wide, and I am done for today. THX! LZ
 
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Yeah, I see... I need long zoom now, and I did think about that 200-500 very badly. Have tried it. Got beautiful result. But this thing appears to be too big and heavy for my needs (and physical abilities, hah!), and I will use much shorter end very often. So new 80-400 plus small wide, and I am done for today. THX! LZ
The 80-400 produces pro level IQ, it blows away my sigma 150-600. I also shoot a 400vr so I know what great IQ looks like
 
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Sorry for such a trivial object, but good to demonstrate color. At 400mm, no TC. A am not sure now, my old 500P was a hair sharper, or just was the same, or even was a little bit softer. LZ
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Sorry for such a trivial object, but good to demonstrate color. At 400mm, no TC. A am not sure now, my old 500P was a hair sharper, or just was the same, or even was a little bit softer. LZ
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that's what I have been seeing, superb prime like IQ. As soon as the 150-600's came out the 80-400 was suddenly overpriced and not so good anymore:). I got a sig 150-600 S for YNP but it's not going, the 80-400 bumped it.
 
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Yeah, sometimes it is much better to crop a little more from extremely high resolving lens, than use longer so-so contrast/color ratio glass. So far I have to solve a busy VR-depending background, which is doubled sometimes, and ISO/shatter speed/ VR correlation, to avoid some unnecessary softness, due to significant loss of microcontrast, under unfortunate combinations. Step-by-step, there no another way to learn so complicated zoom, which is better than most primes, and teach it to what I am waiting from it. I may repeat myself - fantastic lens, but requires 3-4 days to master it at all. THX! LZ
 
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So it is my (purely mine!) conclusion: everything on manual, auto ISO only, VR is on if you set the speed not faster than 1/500, otherwise it will create doublings. There is no (almost) CA of any kind, including RSA, so no phenomena of focus shift. Needs to be sharpened, more or less, to step over the LPF, which is weak enough, BTW. D 810 file doesn't need sharpening, but I prefer D 800 due to its a little bit wider DR. Limitation of aperture for this lens is 9.5 (my copy!), at 11 diffraction begins to rise its ugly head. It is my personal observation, one's way may vary, of course. Test image, crop. It is looking like FT needs adjusting of +1, final one will be +11. LZ.
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Even with such high turbulence of atmosphere, resolving power of the 80-400 G Nikkor is outstanding. Especially at most critical 400mm. I know of no much long PRIMES with so high color/contrast/microcontrast ratio. 200% crop from extreme lower right corner of the test image. Great engineering, Nikon! LZ.
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My own try to portraiture with this lens... At 400mm, the sun is behind the "model's" head (my cousin, hah!). No sunhood, B&W filter is on. Almost minimal distance, BTW! Crop. LZ
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That's all what I want to say about technical side of Nikkor 80-400 G. At 400mm, 1-th crop of 100%, the second one is 800%. The TC was used for very first image of the topic, the rest without the one. Thank you! LZ
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Hey LZ--thank you for the excellent work, once again, highlighting an excellent lens. If I were in the market for this range, I would grab one of these. Massive crops like these really tell the story. And Randy's thumb's up means a lot too. Looks like Nikon hit a HR with this zoom. jt
 
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Thank you, M-16! Yeah, unthinkable before has happened - 5X long zoom without any significant shortcomings! I've posted the images taken at 400mm - anything shorter are even better, not much, but better! Only a week ago, before trying the lens, I wouldn't able to imagine that, especially after trying the old version. Yeah, great success of Nikon, as well as 200-500, which is, unfortunately, too massive for me. This one is THE ONE I really need and able to carry thru the day. Thanks again, M-16. LZ
 
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I somehow believe you will forgive me that fast hand-held macro pic, of well known object, where DOF was less than 1 mm. Nikkor 80-400 G + Canon 500D close-up is giving me 1:1.5 magn., at minimal distance, at 400mm. VR and AF were very handy, simply impossible without ones, especially hand-held. Crop of 200%. For sure, on good tripod, with nice Kirk, without VR/AF, you may set f16.0, and get much better result. I just want to give an idea. BTW, this close-up lets you get much shorter working distance to 0.5 meters, if you need it. Extremely high resolving power of that lens lets you to do so. So, I am sorry for quality of that fast image. Thank you. LZ.
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