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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


I'm surprised to find no thread about these stellar Nikon glasses; from AF-I to FL, there are no less than 5 different versions of these monsters. Maybe t's time to create one?


Dec 06, 2016 at 08:39 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


I did start one a while back:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1360906/



Dec 06, 2016 at 09:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


Lance, yours is titled "The Nikon 400 f2.8E FL VR Official Thread" which to me, sounds like it's limited to just that lens.

Sar is including all 400 f/2.8 lenses

Lance B wrote:
I did start one a while back:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1360906/



Dec 06, 2016 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


NightOwl Cat wrote:
Lance, yours is titled "The Nikon 400 f2.8E FL VR Official Thread" which to me, sounds like it's limited to just that lens.

Sar is including all 400 f/2.8 lenses



Fair enough.I shouldn't have made it 400 f2.8E FL VR but just 400 f2.8. I may just add to the 400 f2.8 thread rather than the 400 f2.8E FL VR thread in future. That way we get more input.



Dec 06, 2016 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


So, start with the older of the 400's, the 400 AF-I:


Ardea alba by Jose, on Flickr

D3 + Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 AF-I + TC20EIII [=800 f/5.6 af], tripod, gimbal head, ISO 320, 1/400s, f/11, ~ 33% crop of an already cropped D3 5:4 crop mode.



Neotropic Cormorant with Nikkor 400mm/2.8 af-i + TC20EIII = 800mm f/5.6 AF by Jose, on Flickr

D3 + Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 AF-I + TC20EIII [=800 f/5.6 af], tripod, gimbal head, ISO 200, 1/200s, f/8, some cropping.



Melanerpes candidus by Jose, on Flickr

D3 + 400mm f/2.8 AF-I + TC20EIII = 800mm f/5.6 @ f/11, 1/640s ISO 400, Tripod + gimbal head. some crop, > 20m distance. I was fortunate to have this shot published in Gerard Gorman's Woodpeckers of the World: The Complete Guide.



Dec 07, 2016 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


^^Great images, Jose!

It's amazing how good this lens is, even with a 2x TC on it!



Dec 07, 2016 at 06:29 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


400 f/2.8 G version on D810


Allard owner in full period gear


Renault Alpine A110 Berlinette

with TC 20e III


Montoya in gray

1.2 crop mode without TC


Visit Sato's workplace up close



Dec 07, 2016 at 06:54 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


NightOwl Cat wrote:
Lance, yours is titled "The Nikon 400 f2.8E FL VR Official Thread" which to me, sounds like it's limited to just that lens.

Sar is including all 400 f/2.8 lenses



It would be nice to have photos from all Nikon 400/2.8 in one thread.



Dec 07, 2016 at 07:17 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


asiostygius wrote:
So, start with the older of the 400's, the 400 AF-I:


Thanks Jose for starting the thread with these fantastic shots.
At one stage, I was looking for one of this AF-I version: the heaviest of all the 400mm and the sharpest Nikon lens of its time (probably still is excellent these days).



Dec 07, 2016 at 07:23 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


There are countless sports and wildlife shots done with a 400/2.8G, so I'm trying to stretch that a bit. First one was the first time I tried the 1.4 TC III with this lens and a D5, the second bare with a D500.

These seem a little softer uploaded. I'm not sure what the best settings are for uploading to FM.





  NIKON D5    560mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D500    400mm    f/2.8    1/4000s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  




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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


la puffin wrote:
These seem a little softer uploaded. I'm not sure what the best settings are for uploading to FM.


You can also host your photos outside the forum and use the image address to insert in your post.




Dec 07, 2016 at 10:23 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


I picked up mine (used) a few years ago, from a friend of a friend. I've been told this probably was the only light gray version in Australia:

400mm f/2.8D AF-S II



Dec 07, 2016 at 10:26 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


It's not light (4400g, lighter than the VR version) but not too heavy either. Hand holding for large birds is possible:


D4s, 400/2.8D AF-S II, @f/5, from a boat, hand held.








Dec 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


MFD is 3m40, not as close as the VRII or FL version, but enough for medium size birds:


D4s, 400/2.8D AF-S II, @f/2.8, hand held.




Dec 07, 2016 at 10:37 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


Excellent focal length for outdoor sports:


D4s, 40-0/2.8D AF-S II, @f/2.8, monopod.




Dec 07, 2016 at 10:41 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


4mpx wrote:
It would be nice to have photos from all Nikon 400/2.8 in one thread.


I agree.



Dec 07, 2016 at 09:07 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


I have moved my examples from the other 400 thread: "The Nikon 400 f2.8E FL VR Official Thread" to here.

Here are a few of mine bare and with TC's.

D810 + 400 f2.8E + 1.4x TCIII @ 1/640, f5.6, ISO640

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D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 2x TCIII, 1/1600, f8, ISO635



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 2x TCIII, 1/1600, f8, ISO224



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 1.7x TCII, 1/800, f5.6, ISO64



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 2x TCIII, 1/1600, f8, ISO635



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/400, f4, ISO449



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 2x TCIII, 1/400, f8, ISO250



100% crop of above photo



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/15, f4, ISO1600 completely handheld at 1/15sec! That's over 4.5 stops of handholdability!



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 2x TCIII, 1/800, f8, ISO112



100% crop of above




Dec 07, 2016 at 09:09 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/1000s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso180



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/1600s f/3.2 at 400.0mm iso200



D500 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 1.4x TCIII, 1/800s f/5.6 at 550.0mm iso200



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/500s f/4.0 at 400.0mm iso180



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/400s f/5.0 at 400.0mm iso80



D810 + 400 f2.8E FL VR + 2x TCIII, 1/400s f/8.0 at 800.0mm iso3600



D500 + 400 f2.8E FL VR, 1/1250s f/4.0 at 400.0mm iso100




Dec 07, 2016 at 09:09 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


Lance B wrote:
I have moved my examples from the other 400 thread: "The Nikon 400 f2.8E FL VR Official Thread" to here.



Great, now we have all in one.



Dec 07, 2016 at 09:17 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Official Thread


Hi Sar. Love the kestrel and the boy playing football shots!


Dec 07, 2016 at 09:32 PM
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