nikonman
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Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.4 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 9:50 am

Just read that they are coming out with a new 80-400mm Lens, with Vibration Reduction to 3 stops. Pretty fast, for a 400mm lens, 5.4 is fast enough not to use a tri-pod.

Release End of Summer 2K, 1600-1800 USD

Just a FYI for all those Nikon shooters out here...it's the ultimate airport lens, IF that VR works like they say it does...

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 10:38 am

I think it is f/4-5.6.

One big question though - is there any 1.4x or 2x converters that can be used with this lens and still allow it to retain the VR capabilities? If there is, then it'll be super -- imagine a 160-800 lens with 3-stops vibration reduction!!!

There is no mention of this in the Nikon press release (from their website). Nikon doesn't make any converters for AF lenses apart from the two AF-I converters, and I know those won't fit at all.

Anyway, this new VR function is only workable with the newer bodies (F5, F100, D1, F80).

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 12:09 pm

If you want tele-converters, go for Sigma. I think they have the best. I personally dont use those.

I'm not sure if the tele-converters will work with the VR, although, like you say, an 800mm with a VR of 3 stops, that's AWESOME. Too bad it'll be way toooooooo slow to use w/o a tripod.

I'll keep you posted on what I find out...

Good luck, and also check out the N80! It looks like a great top of the line ameature camera...

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.4 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 1:29 pm

Ooops, I messed up on the specs. of the VR lens too! It should be f/4.5 - 5.6

Already checked out the specs of the F80/N80, which certainly has a lot of advanced features. However, I'm somewhat disappointed with the film advance speed of only 2.5 fps, making it even slower than the "old" F70/N70. Think I'll just hang on to the bodies I currently have.

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.4 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 3:49 pm

Yea, no kidding...the N80 looks cool, it's got the F100's features, just not as many. Seems like Nikon is going to beef u p the ameature line, much like they did with the Pro line (F series cameras). Hopefully we'll see a F6 soon...

Im guite content with the F100 and N90s. Two excellent cameras. They got quite a workout in Los Angeles as well, and they still haven't needed a battery change. Very durable cameras!

Okay, Im sharing enough about my camera setup here...

what kind of cameras you got WP?

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4.5-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 4:46 pm

F100
F90X (N90s in the US)
FM2+MD12
F (1967 vintage)

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4.5-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Wed Mar 22, 2000 6:00 pm

Nice setup dude!!! Got the 80-200 F/2.8 lens? If not, you MUST get it!

I've got your exact setup, F100, N90s (F90x), FM2n (no motor drive)

Nikons are great pieces of artwork...especially the F100 with the motordrive!

Regards,

Nikonman/PDX
 
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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.4 VR AF Lens...

Thu Mar 23, 2000 1:04 am

Great equipment you guys have got!!
I have the lens you mentioned.
Nikon AF ED 80-200 f2.8D, but not the AF-S series.
Just the previous model.
It's great sharpness give me an impressive feedback.
Although at the cloudy day.
Do you guys think so?
 
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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4-5.4 VR AF Lens...

Thu Mar 23, 2000 4:14 am

I haven't shot the F/2.8 guy on a very cloudy day before (rare for Oregon that it's NOT cloudy) Although, I will say in the haze and fog of San Jose, that lens preformed quite well!

From what I hear (the guys I shot with at LAX) really love that lens. It's a super lens! And I reccomend for anyone who is really serious about this hobby/job/obsession or whatever to save up and get that lens. It'll work on any Nikon, even the old Nikkromats. Just flip the ring to M instead of A.

It's worth the money.

Regards,

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4.5-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Thu Mar 23, 2000 12:07 pm

Oh yes, how could I miss the 80-200 f/2.8! It's virtually a must-have. With a 2x converter, I instantly have a 160-400 to cover the long end as well. Too bad Nikon doesn't make an AF converter for their regular AF lenses, forcing me to go for converters from other independent manufacturers. But then, the new AF-S lens matches perfectly with the AF-I converters.

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4.5-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Thu Mar 23, 2000 1:47 pm

Boooo teleconverters : -)

Actually, that 2.8 lens is the lens to use a teleconverter on, or even the 1.2 ones Manual ones...I've got a few of those lying around

My only gripe about the Teleconverters, is that you're putting cheep glass between the camera and the fast glass, thus you're shooting through 2x as much glass...

We all have our own tastes i guess...

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4.5-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Thu Mar 23, 2000 2:58 pm

Sure, converters are a compromise at best, but it certainly beats having to haul around the weight of an extra long lens for the entire day when the airport is far from home and you don't have a car!!

Mmmm.....perhaps I should save up for a set of wheels instead of for an f/2.8 super-telephoto.

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RE: Nikkor 80-400 F/4.5-5.6 VR AF Lens...

Thu Mar 23, 2000 4:31 pm

That's a good point. The F/2.8 lens, is a good muscle builder when combined with the F100, N90s, and 3 other lenses, film and a flash!!

I had the -fun- of carrying that bag around at LAX for 3 hours Tuesday. Oh well, it's worth it! Remember "No Pain...no gain"

BTW-Get a motorbike, then superlong F/4 lens

Regards,

Chris (Nikonman)

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