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User currently offlinePropfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 7
Posted (15 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6304 times:

hi everybody
did anyone already try the new Nikon AF 80-400 5.6 - zoom? I'd love to hear any critics about it. Is it as good as Nikon says? is it worth the money (about 2000 US$)?

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User currently offlineDsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6161 times:

Unfortunately, even test samples won't be available until late summer. I have been waiting awhile for its release, since I purchased a D1 two months ago.

Regardless of technology, I highly doubt that any "super-zoom" is ever going to match the quality of a prime lens in the 300-400mm range. So, I think the 80-400 will be no different. It will be nice addition for people who don't want to haul around a ton of different lenses in an enormous bag, thats about it.

All in all, I can't see the justification in buying a $2000 80-400 5.6 lens when you can buy the infamous 80-200 2.8 AF-S for under $1500.

Aric Thalman

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User currently offlinePropfreak From Switzerland, joined Mar 2000, 157 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6127 times:

hi Aric
I do have a fix lens 400mm (non AF) and the 80-200/2.8 but I run into a lot of situations where the gap is to big and it would be nice to have something inbetween without having to carry another big lens.
Well, I'll for sure have a serious look at the lens when it's finally on the market.

User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

All of you have forgotten to mention the VR feature of this lens (Vibration Reduction). Nikon claims that this technology will be worth up to "three shutter speeds". Expect this lens to be available late summer at a US street price of $1800...

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