alasdair1982
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Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:42 pm

I know the 80-400 is said to be 'slow', but a lens review for the Sigma 150-500 mentioned that the slowness is down to lack of AF-S

Does the 80-400 work any faster with the D90 which does not require AF-S lenses?

Thanks
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:24 pm

You are confusing your technologies.

AF-S is Nikon's newer, in-body focusing system (aka Silent Wave).

The D90 can focus these types of lenses, as well as older mechanical driven focus system (which the 80-400 uses), but it will be slower than an AF-S lens.

Lower end Nikon bodies (D60, D40, D3000, D5000) only autofocus with AF-S lenses (or third party equivalents IE Sigma HSM)

[Edited 2009-08-02 10:25:18]
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:26 pm

Ok thanks

I know I run the risk that if I bought one, a new AF-S version would appear on the market the next day. But is there any real reason not to buy it for aviation (or railway) photography?
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:50 am



Quoting Alasdair1982 (Reply 2):

I know I run the risk that if I bought one, a new AF-S version would appear on the market the next day. But is there any real reason not to buy it for aviation (or railway) photography?

I've had people recommend it to me, but after trying it - I just didn't like it - awkward feel and somewhat slow autofocus.

Maybe the 70-200VR (note the new VR II version coming very soon) lens and a 1.7x tele-converter might be a better choice if you can afford that combination. That'll give you a number of combinations for many situations (along with a pro-grade lens).
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:35 pm

I've been using the 80-400VR for over three years now and have shot many airshows and sporting events with it. Very rarely have I had any focus or sharpness issues. True, it's not the perfect lens for low light photography, but it definitely does the job. Only when you're photographing objects that are changing their distance from you very rapidly (i.e. athletes, animals) can it get tricky. Overall I'm extremely happy with it, and not changing lenses anytime soon.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:22 pm



Quoting N440ER (Reply 4):
I've been using the 80-400VR for over three years now and have shot many airshows and sporting events with it. Very rarely have I had any focus or sharpness issues. True, it's not the perfect lens for low light photography, but it definitely does the job. Only when you're photographing objects that are changing their distance from you very rapidly (i.e. athletes, animals) can it get tricky. Overall I'm extremely happy with it, and not changing lenses anytime soon.

My thoughts on it exactly. Just how fast do you need the thing to focus? It does have a limiter on it that keeps it from screwing all the way out when focusing. Great lens and can produce some simply STUNNING shots if you do it right. I have had nothing but good stuff to say about it. If I could take every picture with it, I certainly would. LOL!
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:46 pm



Quoting N440ER (Reply 4):
I've been using the 80-400VR for over three years now and have shot many airshows and sporting events with it. Very rarely have I had any focus or sharpness issues. True, it's not the perfect lens for low light photography, but it definitely does the job.

Also agree.
Search DB for "80-400VR" (have to use quotes) to see some examples.
Rumors are that 80-400 replacement is just around the corner which will probably include AF-S but I am sure it will also come with free sticker shock Sad
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:46 pm

Nikon 80-400 v Sigma 50 or 150-500, hmm...
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:57 pm

The problem with this lens is, that there are so many better quality lenses in the same or cheaper price class but none of these lenses get to 400mm.

Don't ever try an old second hand 80-200 F2.8D or a 300mm F4 when you own the 80-400 because you will not use the 80-400 again as the quality of those other, much cheaper lenses is so much better. Trust me, it happened to me and it was the reason I sold the 80-400.

If you often take pictures through gates and windows, remember that the 80-400 is not internal focus, it will get longer or shorter when the AF is working which is very annoying when taking pictures through windows and gates.

The 80-400 is very sensible to lens flaring. At dusk or dawn it's hard to not get those ugly green stripes on your pictures.

The 80-400 does the job. It's relatively cheap and portable with a decent picture quality. But I will not go back to that lens and I would not recommend it, unless you need that 400mm desperately and the 200-400 is too expensive.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:48 pm



Quoting Diezel (Reply 8):
The problem with this lens is, that there are so many better quality lenses in the same or cheaper price class but none of these lenses get to 400mm.

Don't ever try an old second hand 80-200 F2.8D or a 300mm F4 when you own the 80-400 because you will not use the 80-400 again as the quality of those other, much cheaper lenses is so much better. Trust me, it happened to me and it was the reason I sold the 80-400.

If you often take pictures through gates and windows, remember that the 80-400 is not internal focus, it will get longer or shorter when the AF is working which is very annoying when taking pictures through windows and gates.

The 80-400 is very sensible to lens flaring. At dusk or dawn it's hard to not get those ugly green stripes on your pictures.

The 80-400 does the job. It's relatively cheap and portable with a decent picture quality. But I will not go back to that lens and I would not recommend it, unless you need that 400mm desperately and the 200-400 is too expensive.

You pretty much said it Roel. For me, it will be hard to find a replacement because of the flexibility it gives me. I love the reach of 400 mm, and now that I think about it, the lens is at that focal length very often. Also, VR is something I really appreciate as my hands aren't that steady. Yeah, the lack of internal focusing and the flare is annoying, but she does the job. Until I have the finances to get my hands on a 70-200 VR and a 400 mm prime-type combo, she'll remain my trusty companion  Wink

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:12 pm



Quoting Diezel (Reply 8):
Don't ever try an old second hand 80-200 F2.8D or a 300mm F4 when you own the 80-400 because you will not use the 80-400 again as the quality of those other, much cheaper lenses is so much better. Trust me, it happened to me and it was the reason I sold the 80-400

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:42 am



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 10):

Quoting Diezel (Reply 8):
Don't ever try an old second hand 80-200 F2.8D or a 300mm F4 when you own the 80-400 because you will not use the 80-400 again as the quality of those other, much cheaper lenses is so much better. Trust me, it happened to me and it was the reason I sold the 80-400

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Yep, that's what happened to me, gave my 80-400 the boot. Some copies are better than others, I swear even after getting ran over Maciek's (N440ER) 80-400 is sharper than mine ever was.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:06 am

Some intresting comments here both for and against the lens. Like I said earlier, I like the lens alot and haven't had any problems with it luckily.
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:32 am

I fully agree with those going for the 80-200 or the 300mm F/4 prime lenses - the 300/4 is about the sharpest thing you'll find at the price.

I think you can even get a new 300mm F/4.0 at a cheaper price than the 80-400mm VR.
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:40 pm



Quoting Cpd (Reply 13):
I think you can even get a new 300mm F/4.0 at a cheaper price than the 80-400mm VR.

Bought my 300 F4 for 1100 USD, bought my 80-400 for around 1700 i believe.

The 300 F4 out performs the 80-400 in every way possible, but its not for everybody, some people shutter at the thought of missing a side on.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:53 pm

Thanks for all the replies.

Quoting Diezel (Reply 8):
The problem with this lens is, that there are so many better quality lenses in the same or cheaper price class but none of these lenses get to 400mm.

The 300mm f/4 does look REALLY tempting. Any opinions on a 300mm f/4 + x1.7 teleconverter combination? I'd probably sell my 70-300 to fund it, but then i'm looking for something to fill the gap between 105mm and 300mm
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:20 pm



Quoting Alasdair1982 (Reply 15):
The 300mm f/4 does look REALLY tempting. Any opinions on a 300mm f/4 + x1.7

I use mine with a 1.4x, which gives 420 f5.6. The only problems I've run into with the extender is when i'm shooting in hot and humid air, it seems to multiply the heat haze as well as the reach of the lens.

Sweet combo I think.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:30 pm

Any problems using the 300mm f/4 hand held with its lack of VR?
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:32 am



Quoting Alasdair1982 (Reply 17):
Any problems using the 300mm f/4 hand held with its lack of VR?

I have only tried mine with a monopod but I don't think it would be a problem.
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:47 am

It's fine hand-held - no problems at all. The lens is light and easy to handle. You don't even need a monopod for that lens - it is so light.

Use shutter speeds about 1/640sec and steady hand movements and you'll be quite okay.
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:48 am



Quoting Alasdair1982 (Reply 17):
Any problems using the 300mm f/4 hand held with its lack of VR?

Nope, when the light starts to fade dial in f4 maybe boost the ISO a bit and keep on shooting.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:56 pm



Quoting Sluger020889 (Reply 20):
Nope, when the light starts to fade dial in f4 maybe boost the ISO a bit and keep on shooting.

Easy for you to say, Mr. Steady Hands  Wink

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:07 am



Quoting N440ER (Reply 21):
Easy for you to say, Mr. Steady Hands Wink

Didn't have to say it, I typed it.

I don't shoot too much in low light anyway. Having success in low light is more or less about the skill of the photographer, you can have all the VR and IS in the world but if you can't get into a rhythm with your subject, you're screwed.

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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:38 pm

Does adding the x1.4TC onto the 300mm f4 require use of a tripod?
 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:34 pm



Quoting Alasdair1982 (Reply 23):
Does adding the x1.4TC onto the 300mm f4 require use of a tripod?

No, but you will want to layoff the Monster.

 
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RE: Using The Nikon 80-400VR With The D90

Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:52 pm

You'd be dead before succumbing to hand shake...

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