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| p.7 #4 · p.7 #4 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released! |
No problem, Binary, no offense taken.
The two lens combos I was thinking were 300 f/4 +1.4 or the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8, $1870 and $2,800 respectively. I was also thinking of the Bigma ($1500) which at 400mm isn't terrible. Additionally, is the new AFS version much better than it's predecessor?
The samples so far have just reminded me a lot of my 70-300 + D300s combo I used to have. I likely have jumped the gun to determine it's validity so far given the smaller sample size of pictures available (and I'm buying it anyways so I guess I don't hold much...Show more →
I gotcha. If the new AFS version is at all sharp at 400mm, which the rough samples so far seem to indicate it is, then for me it'll be much better than its predecessor - the old one was just too slow to focus, and not very good at 400mm, and the VR wasn't great enough to offset these factors.
The Sigma 120-300 is a good point. As you pointed out earlier, big tradeoff in weight/size, but reportedly excellent IQ and you do have the flexibility of having a f/2.8 lens when not using a TC.
I'm waiting for a few more samples, myself. That link for the Sony 70-400 looks absolutely spectacular, but we haven't quite seen that level of testing posted for the Nikkor yet, either. I mean, the samples in question clearly have total subject isolation, so the bokeh will be good, they are absolutely full frame and at low ISO (david's bird posts were heavily cropped and at higher ISO) so they have maximum detail, and the lighting is very nice. I have no doubt the Sony is an exceptionally sharp lens, but I'm not quite ready to put those shots side by side with ISO 1600 and/or cropped samples elsewhere.