Sweet Spot on 80-400

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I was wondering if there was an aperture on the Nikon 80-400VR that you all would say is its sharpest.
 
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F8 is nice at 100 too.

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And does well at 300

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F8 is nice at 100 too.

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And does well at 300

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Great shots. Take it these were pre-focused, can't imagine 80-400 tracking motorsport (unless perhaps on D2/D3 grade camera).

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Mladen
 
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I did not use the focus limiter or VR. Cam was set for continuos and spot focus. Used a tripod with Acratech VR2 head. #1 pic the bikes were coming through the corner at about 80mph and going by me about three feet to my left. #2 same setup but caught on the back straight. Speed approx. 40 mph
 
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Basically mine stays at f8 unless I need to get more shutter speed and I can't push the iso any further. I find it plenty sharp enough at 400mm.

Just don't ask this lens to do anything that it can't and it works just fine.

This shot here was at f7.1, 400mm, iso 800 (d200 body). I think the shutter speed was 1/40; no tripod just a monopod. The VR obviously works like a champ.: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=7530971&size=lg

Good work with capturing action with one of the slowest lenses to autofocus David.
 
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f/8 and you'll be fine. This lens gets a bad rap, but it's actually pretty good in bright conditions. In fact I still keep mine as a light weight alternative lens.
 

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