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need more reach

Postby ewm3 on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:32 pm

I have the nikon 80-200 AFD and the 18-200 VR. I'm looking for a nikon lens with more 'reach'. Does anyone have experience with the nikon 80-400 VR? That is about the price I can afford. Any other suggestions?
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Re: need more reach

Postby sirhc55 on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:46 pm

Eric, have you considered the Nikon 1.7TC? It will give you more reach at a third the price of the 80-400. A few forum members use this and will probably chime in with their thoughts.
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Re: need more reach

Postby Glen on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:49 pm

Chris unless it is the AFS version of the 80-200 the 1.7tc will only work in manual, but that would have been my first thought too. I don't have the 80-400 but a few others do, I sure they will give their opinions.
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Re: need more reach

Postby Marvin on Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:51 pm

BigV, an Adelaide member has the 80-400(?) Sigma that he loves. It is on his Canon most of the time.
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Re: need more reach

Postby christiand on Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:04 pm

Hi ewm3,

I use a TC17e with my 70-200mm VR and it is great.
The TC17e doesn't work with every lens, so please do your research befor you go and by a TC.

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Re: need more reach

Postby who on Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:22 pm

Eric

I recently purchased a 80-400VR and it is a nice lens to use. It isn't a super fast lens in apeture.

I've had some test shots I have been happy with.

Which Nikon body do you have? Reason I ask it is has been said that it is nto the fastest to AF (but better on newer bodies, like D300 / D3 reportedly).

Here is a resized shot from my back deck of a house about 1km away
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And a 100% crop of part of it
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These were shot handheld, and have been hit with some jpeg compression as well.
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Re: need more reach

Postby big pix on Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:27 pm

....... there is always the Sigma Bigma....... [50-500]
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Re: need more reach

Postby gstark on Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:06 am

When used correctly, the 80-400 VR is a great lens. It can be a tad slow (mechanically) on some bodies, but there are techniques you can use to mitigate those tendencies.

But it's a very sharp lens, and for the range it gives you, it's very good value.
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Re: need more reach

Postby CoryH on Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:18 pm

Hi Eric,

I'm glad someone else is having a similar dilema to me, I have the 70-300 for my long end but find it's 1) not the best quality, 2) not got enough reach and 3) Lack of VR is annoying.

So i've been looking at the Nikon 80-400VR although I've heard from multiple sources that it's slow on AF(Probably not a huge issue as i'm not huge on sports photography) but the sales guy at Diamonds(Adelaide) suggested looking into the new Sigma 150-500 as it has the Sigma equivalent of VR..

Anyone have any thoughts?
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Re: need more reach

Postby fozzie on Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:57 pm

If you go into Photo Wholesalers (Owned by Diamonds now), 47 Hutt Street, Adelaide they have a Nikon 80-400VR that you can rent, and I can see no reason why you could not try it out on your own body. I was in there yesterday, looking at the new Nikon D700, sweet: but not for me, and I am almost certain that they had a Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) sitting on the shelf behind the front counter. May be you could try that too for comparison.

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Re: need more reach

Postby gstark on Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:10 pm

CoryH wrote:Sigma 150-500 as it has the Sigma equivalent of VR..


And we still have our Coke bottle with the Nikon mount too.
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Re: need more reach

Postby MATT on Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:16 pm

I have the 80-400, I have tried it on a d70 and the focus was slow , changed to a d200 and was pretty good. Now on a d300 and cant complain. Its better than I am.. I use it with a monopod and is pretty good.

if I had the cash I would go the 70-200VR the 1.7tc for reach there are reports of good results.

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Re: need more reach

Postby ewm3 on Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:22 pm

thanks everyone
I use a D200 and am more into photographing wildlife than sports, so I guess the slow AF would not be as big a problem. I like the AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, except for its reach. I had thought about a TC but had read that it 'softens' the lens quite a lot. I guess 'renting' one and trying it out is the way to go. I'll let you know what I decide. Thanks again.
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