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BrianJarvis
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · One more lens poll


My final lens poll for the big zooms. Using the Nikon 70 or 80-200 and a Nikon 2X TC gives me 400mm at f/4.8 (on a DX body over 600mm) Uses would include air shows and Birds, both static and in flight. I'd like to keep my overall budget under $2000 of possible, buying used on the Nikkor VR1, I can just barely do that. Regarding the VR II, is it really worth the added cost? What would I gain?


Feb 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
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If you look at photozone you can check all 3 lens. The 70-200mm vr1 also has resolution spec with the 2x TC's.
The vr1 & tc 2x beats the 80-400mm at 400mm center and edge.So that should rule out the 80-400mm. Sadly the 80-400mm is your cheapest option and slowest focusing one.

Next the vr II is sharper f/2.8 at 200mm it is a draw at f/4 and advantage in the center to the vr1 and from f/8-16 on the vr I is better.
With a 2x converter your starting at f/5.6 If your shooting f stop is 5.6-8 then get the vrII. IF you don't care about shutterspeed the vrI.
You cant go to far wrong on either.
This is strictly resolution numbers . THis isnt vignette or CA. still give the advantage to the VR II on the look of images.
http://www.photozone.de/reviews




Feb 16, 2012 at 06:01 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · One more lens poll


Are you still shootin' with the D80 You will not like the AF with TC's, period. Now if you have a D300(s) or D7K
the VR II and the TC-20E III is the combo FTW in decent light. Good copy of the Bigma would be my 2nd choice. Now,
if you had a D2X(s) you could get results like this at effective 600mm and 800mm (w/HSC) Both handheld SOOC. Not too
shabby for "old" technology, eh?! Either way...the VR II handles the TC's better, much much better.




  NIKON D2Xs    400mm    f/6.3    1/800s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D2Xs    400mm    f/7.1    1/1250s    200 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Feb 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · One more lens poll


Another couple of lenses you might want to consider is the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 or 100-300 f/4 with sigma 1.4x TC. Of course, if you don't like Sigma, then read no further.

You might be able to find a used 120-300 for under $2k and certainly the 100-300 for under $1k. I've had both lenses for years and wouldn't ever want to give them up. The 120-300 isn't really for hand held use though, unless you're like Arnold or Trenchmonkey.... It's big and heavy. I've always used it on a tripod or monopod.

Edit: Forgot that you'd mentioned the 80-400. I've had one since 2004. When I first got it, I really liked it. But, it's very old tech and is a disgrace that Nikon still has it for sale at $1500. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that I liked.

hope that helps

Kerry

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Feb 16, 2012 at 06:29 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · One more lens poll


BrianJarvis wrote:
My final lens poll for the big zooms. Using the Nikon 70 or 80-200 and a Nikon 2X TC gives me 400mm at f/4.8 (on a DX body over 600mm) Uses would include air shows and Birds, both static and in flight. I'd like to keep my overall budget under $2000 of possible, buying used on the Nikkor VR1, I can just barely do that. Regarding the VR II, is it really worth the added cost? What would I gain?


Which lens with TC 2.0 would give you 400 AT F/4.8? That's an unusual aperture...



Feb 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
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I agree the tc2x will be a full 2 stop loss. f/5.6


Feb 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
Are you still shootin' with the D80 You will not like the AF with TC's, period. Now if you have a D300(s) or D7K
the VR II and the TC-20E III is the combo FTW in decent light. Good copy of the Bigma would be my 2nd choice. Now,
if you had a D2X(s) you could get results like this at effective 600mm and 800mm (w/HSC) Both handheld SOOC. Not too
shabby for "old" technology, eh?! Either way...the VR II handles the TC's better, much much better.


For now I still use the D80 but plan to upgrade to a D300 replacement assuming Nikon releases it this year, If they don't I may go D7000 or save up more $$ for the D800


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Feb 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
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Gregg B. wrote:
Which lens with TC 2.0 would give you 400 AT F/4.8? That's an unusual aperture...


Sorry bad math f/5.6



Feb 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
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As you probably noticed I'm really looking for that 400mm + reach and really want it to be a zoom. The worst part about this hobby is making a damn decision, especially when you are on a budget. I was initially thinking of going NIKKOR 70-300 VR and the Bigma 150-500. Then I thought about the combo above.


Feb 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
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BrianJarvis wrote:
As you probably noticed I'm really looking for that 400mm + reach and really want it to be a zoom. The worst part about this hobby is making a damn decision, especially when you are on a budget. I was initially thinking of going NIKKOR 70-300 VR and the Bigma 150-500. Then I thought about the combo above.


Get 600mm f/4.0. That's the lens.... Pay half for it cash and take rest for some payments... I don't know but just get this one as it is still cheap. The $9999 lens soon will be $12,000 dollars lens. How do i know that?
Look at Canon. These are prices they have now. Older (still produced) cost even less than Nikon's lenses but new are 2-4 thousands more expensive....



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · One more lens poll


D300s and a rented 80-400 at the first air show I've ever shot:

















Front yard when the lens arrived from the rental company:





Yes, I agonized for months as to what lens to rent, and finally went for the 80-400



Feb 16, 2012 at 08:26 PM
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Gregg B. wrote:
Get 600mm f/4.0. That's the lens.... Pay half for it cash and take rest for some payments... I don't know but just get this one as it is still cheap. The $9999 lens soon will be $12,000 dollars lens. How do i know that?
Look at Canon. These are prices they have now. Older (still produced) cost even less than Nikon's lenses but new are 2-4 thousands more expensive....


Great advice if I wanted to get a divorce



Feb 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
Are you still shootin' with the D80 You will not like the AF with TC's, period. Now if you have a D300(s) or D7K
the VR II and the TC-20E III is the combo FTW in decent light. Good copy of the Bigma would be my 2nd choice. Now,
if you had a D2X(s) you could get results like this at effective 600mm and 800mm (w/HSC) Both handheld SOOC. Not too
shabby for "old" technology, eh?! Either way...the VR II handles the TC's better, much much better.



You could shoot a horse taking a shit with a disposable camera and it would look great monkey! I'm looking for something with accurate fast AF, decent reach, decent speed (I live in WA so good bright light it hard to come by) Maybe I should stick with my original plan of the 70-300 VR and the Bigma 150-500? Anything will be better than what I have, I'm not looking for the best, but the best bang for my buck. I want to have my cake and be able to eat it



Feb 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · One more lens poll


300 F4 and the 1.4TC...FTW and less than 2K

The 300 can be had for 900-1000 used and the TC for about 250-275

You can use the extra cash and gett the 1.7TC for when you need it

300 f4 no TC




300 f4 and the 1.4 TC




300f4 and 1.7 TC





Feb 17, 2012 at 01:13 AM
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Kitehog wrote:
300 F4 and the 1.4TC...FTW and less than 2K

The 300 can be had for 900-1000 used and the TC for about 250-275

You can use the extra cash and gett the 1.7TC for when you need it




While that is a great lens, I have no interest in a prime at this time. I need/want the flexibility of a zoom



Feb 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · One more lens poll


I have the new sigma 120-300 2.8 OS

Great lens and gives great results with a tc 1.4x. You should go try it out somewhere. It is a pretty heavy lens but I use it for my long range shots.



Feb 17, 2012 at 06:37 AM
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I voted for the Sigma 150-500, great value for your bucks.
Thom Hogan has Nice review of this lens.



Feb 17, 2012 at 09:01 AM
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Chris Dees wrote:
I voted for the Sigma 150-500, great value for your bucks.
Thom Hogan has Nice review of this lens.



I've been eyeballing that for a while, but I've had a hard time finding high rez samples of photos taken with it. A lot of the images I've seen posted on here using the Bigma, were soft or even slightly out of focus.



Feb 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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BrianJarvis wrote:
I've been eyeballing that for a while, but I've had a hard time finding high rez samples of photos taken with it. A lot of the images I've seen posted on here using the Bigma, were soft or even slightly out of focus.



Lens or lack of proper support? Often times when people go for less expensive long lenses for cost and/or weight reasons, they also forget the tripod / monopod at home as well. So is the lens soft, or the lack of support the cause?



Feb 17, 2012 at 08:54 PM
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Andre Labonte wrote:
Often times when people go for less expensive long lenses for cost and/or weight reasons, they also forget the tripod / monopod at home as well. So is the lens soft, or the lack of support the cause?


That is what I'm trying to find out. I'd like to see some good handheld shots along with tripod/monopod shots. It would help my decision immensely



Feb 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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