mikephotos
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AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 4:18 am

Sunil mentioned this lens in the "Kodachrome" discussion and was wondering if anyone had a chance to check it out yet.

Here's some info on it from the Nikon site: click here


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Comments?

Michael
 
FastGlass
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 5:19 am

Earlier in the year Nikon promised that this lens would be available for purchase in the summer, then the fall, then later in the year. I know I would like to play with one, and probably buy one, but there are none in sight. Maybe they are, in NYC.

Is Nikon having "problems" with this lens?
 
APP
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 6:48 am

I'd love one on an F80, but that'll cost around £1800 in the UK.
I'll have to start saving I guess.
APP
 
FastGlass
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 8:24 am

Good you have an N80, as it is one of only three Nikon FILM SLRS where the VR feature will function. It will not be active on the N90s, N70, or lower.
 
n949wp
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 11:12 am

Actually the official release date of this lens was Nov. 2000. Here in HKG, the camera store where I usually bought my stuff from had a couple of them that came in last week and they were snapped up immediately. Cost slightly less than the AF-S 80-200 f/2.8 at around US$1360.

Still waiting for one of the major photography magazines to do an evaluation, although I know some magazines in Japan have already done that (if only I can read Japanese!!) The one thing I want to find out the most is whether the VR function will still work when coupled to an AF tele-converter. Imagine....an 800mm with 3-stop VR compensation!!

'949
 
FastGlass
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 11:16 am

$1360 USD would be a real bargain here (in the US) from the estimates I have been watching the past few months. I agree though, that I wont invest that kind of money until I read a few reviews.
 
mikephotos
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 12:45 pm

$1360 is not bad, at all. And the heck with the reviews. I'd like to get my hands on one to try out for 7 days (I believe that's B&H's return policy - I could be wrong) Shoot everything and anything I can think of, get the slides back and examine them closely. If they are sharp and the lens is built solid, I'll take it.

Michael
 
sunilgupta
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RE: AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D

Tue Dec 12, 2000 1:05 pm

Mike, FastGlass, all,

Here are the reviews that I have found on the web so far:

http://www.foto.no/nikon/lens_zoom.html
http://www.moose395.net/hot.html
http://www.photographyreview.com/reviews/35mm_zoom_lenses/product_6040.asp

plus I talked to a sports photographer who has used one and he said he shot racing speedboats in low light, hand held with asa 100 film and the shots were tack-sharp.

It’s a mixed bag of reviews. The consensus seems to be:

Pros:
- it’s a very sharp lens edge-to-edge
- the VR works well

Cons:

- it’s not AI-S (Silent Wave)
- it’s not constant aperture (e.g. f4)

Nonetheless, I’m going to get it as soon as I can get my grubby hands on one. The local place here will sell it for $1499. That's not bad considering gray market was going for > $1600 here in the US.

Sunil

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