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some more.




  NIKON D7100    400mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D7100    400mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D7100    400mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D7100    550mm    f/8.0    1/800s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D7100    200mm    f/7.1    1/2000s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Mar 19, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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Here's an imperfect old 80-400 D lens shot at 400mm on a D800e (just to look at and compare):
f/11, ISO 100, 1/160th sec.
Running uphill after them...

http://ckcarr.smugmug.com/Animals/Critters/i-V4K43jM/0/XL/_DSC1965-XL.jpg



Mar 19, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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2 more with the 1.4 onboard




  NIKON D7100    550mm    f/8.0    1/1250s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  NIKON D7100    550mm    f/8.0    1/500s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Mar 19, 2013 at 07:48 PM
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Ouch this lens is making my 70-200 f4 look bad Look at the difference between the crops from the right side of the shot. I thought it might be a bit of motion blur since I was handholding but the left side crop doesn't show it. I took what I thought was the best of 4 shots and they all looked the same. Overall the 80-400 won this test.





test shot at 200mm

  NIKON D600    200mm    f/5.3    1/1000s    125 ISO    -0.3 EV  







80-400 crop 1

  NIKON D600    200mm    f/5.3    1/1000s    125 ISO    -0.3 EV  







70-200 crop 1

  NIKON D600    200mm    f/5.6    1/800s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  







80-400 crop 2

  NIKON D600    200mm    f/5.3    1/1000s    125 ISO    -0.3 EV  







70-200 crop 2

  NIKON D600    200mm    f/5.6    1/800s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Mar 19, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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Nice comparison with the old 80-400.

New shots on the left:

http://digibibo.com/blog-entry-2813.html



Mar 21, 2013 at 02:31 PM
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rd4tile wrote:
Ouch this lens is making my 70-200 f4 look bad Look at the difference between the crops from the right side of the shot. I thought it might be a bit of motion blur since I was handholding but the left side crop doesn't show it. I took what I thought was the best of 4 shots and they all looked the same. Overall the 80-400 won this test.


It should make it look bad at distances greater than "X" (I don't know what X is at this point). Try something within 5 meters and see if you see a difference.



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VinnieJ wrote:
It should make it look bad at distances greater than "X" (I don't know what X is at this point). Try something within 5 meters and see if you see a difference.


I'm not sure I understand your logic, if both lens are set to 200mm what difference does the distance make? Is the 70-200 f4 not considered good at long distances (like the 200-400)?

That being said I just shot the brick around my garage door from about 20 ft with both lens again set to 200mm, the 70-200 set to f5 and the 80-200 wide open and the 80-400 slightly won that test as well.



Mar 22, 2013 at 02:01 AM
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rd4tile wrote:
I have a Sigma 120-300 OS and while it gives great IQ I've seen no better images (on an 800E & 600) then those zoo samples from the new 80-400. Add to that marginal AF with the TCs and the fact that it's as heavy as the 200-400, I don't see it as competition for the new 80-400. The new 120-300 OS may clean up the AF issues but will it sell for $2800?

The Sony samples are nice but, as you point out, nothing spectacular given the conditions the images were shot under. I have no interest in switching to
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This looks like a very interesting lens ... but I've not seen a single shot yet to compare with those (on a sharpness level) from the Sigma 120-300/2.8 (the version with OS), however the Sigmas are known for variable QC/IQ so maybe it depends greatly on whether you bought a sharp copy or not.

I bought the 120-300 recently for a long trip overseas where I didn't want to take the 500 and where the f2.8 (where I could add both the TC14II and Sigma x2.0) and flexibility of the range were important. It blew me away. There is some back-focusing that needs to be fixed but this is a stellar lens and the price I paid was US$2,200 (probably prices are lower now as retailers deplete stock for the new model due out later this year - which I will swop this one for in an instant).

The AF is plenty fast enough on the 120-300 but the 80-400 may be even faster, I can not say without trying them out side by side, but of course the body it's mounted to is going to make a difference too, and I have not had any major issues (bar the back-focusing which isn't of course a speed related issue) on the D800.

The biggest advantages I can see of the 80-400 are the much lower weight and the extended range (which usually means compromising somewhere) both of which will be important to a lot of people, but IQ-wise this lens does not seem to be on the same level as the 120-300 which is prime-like.

From the trip I bought it for (on a D800) :

Takahe - not more than 200 remain. Flightless bird. Mother feeding her solitary chick.


Bellbird - only found in a few special native NZ bush parks. Has the most gorgeous vocalisation and range.


Royal (Southern) Albatross



Mar 22, 2013 at 03:44 AM
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p.8 #9 · p.8 #9 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


They both seem great lenses.

The new Nikon seems a great all-rounder supertele. However, with the TC it seems to me that the quality loss is very visible. Biggest problem: price.

The Sigma is just amazing, and certainly the new version will be even better. However, to the hefty price we have to add the 3Kg weight that makes it kinda of a pain to carry it around.

I really hope Sigma will re-issue their old 100-300/4. A great lens, and with some renovation and additions (like OS and HSM) would be a winner.



Mar 22, 2013 at 09:50 AM
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p.8 #10 · p.8 #10 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


I posted these in another thread, but I'll add 'em here. Just a quick snapshot of my dog with the new 80-400, seems pretty sharp to me.














Mar 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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p.8 #11 · p.8 #11 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Some from today, If you can't see EXIF info then click pic and it's listed on the right side of the page.


DSC_0549 copy2 by David N Holt Jr, on Flickr


DSC_0490 copy by David N Holt Jr, on Flickr


DSC_0426 copy by David N Holt Jr, on Flickr


DSC_0331 copy by David N Holt Jr, on Flickr


DSC_0318 copy by David N Holt Jr, on Flickr



Mar 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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