I have been using 80-400 VR
for 2 yrs now almost!
First, yes, it is a so-so and suck shot lens.
The lens zoom ring seems very tight and this cause trouble to shoot action stuff which you sometimes stuck the zoom too much or too less.
But with more tryout, you get the ring looser and seems faster focus now everytime?? I think sometimes when you first get blur or not so good shots as you have hand/body movement during shooting, I have it several time I shaked cause the shot to be blurred , not much the lens fault.
Sunil, you are absolutly right with the VR
It is a big help in windy conditions, when you are in a vehicle such as another aircraft and other situations.
I have it on VR
mode 1 (there is 2 and VR
off mode) all the time, that you will find it when you zoom to 300-400mm (on digital becomes 450-600mm) that VR DO
make a difference in the shot especially shooting moving subjects like planes taking off.
The trick with VR
is you need to hold your lens as steady and tight as you can, as it always focus on the subject and the lens seems to "drop" a little on focusing inside your focusing screen. I am not sure what that do, but Royal have the same experience.
With low light, windy and other conditions, the VR
comes very handy. Of course the lens is not as fast as a 2.8 lens, but the extra range it provides really weight more than the downside. One other thing, if your camera body weights less than the VR
lens, yes, you may get sometimes blur shot or movements during zooming/focusing, you just need to held it tight and pan it right. On my F5, the misfocusing rarely happen, as the body of camera weight is heavy enough.
Overall I think you need to take a while to get used to shoot VR
lens, Practice and re practice, and I am sure you find this is not a disappointing product from Nikon.
For Royal he have the old firmware 1.01 on his D100 with VR
, I think even in RAW mode the shot looks soft. I have VR
lens with firmware2.0 on jpeg looks sharp enough to without done much USM
to upload here!