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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


There's a thread for the newer one, so how about a thread for the older version? Went through my hard drives and found these from five years ago. Kids having some summer fun at a carnival



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  NIKON D300S    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    130mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2017

  NIKON D300S    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    110mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 19, 2017 at 08:40 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


I never got very many good ones with that lens. Partly because I didn't know what I was doing...




First time I ever saw wild bison in the Henry's

  NIKON D800E    400mm    f/11.0    1/160s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  






Slackliners, long ago.

  NIKON D300S    400mm    f/11.0    1/1000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 19, 2017 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Here's some.




  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    260mm    f/11.0    1/180s    100 ISO    -0.5 EV  






  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    160mm    f/10.0    1/350s    100 ISO    -0.5 EV  






  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    185mm    f/6.7    1/1500s    200 ISO    -0.5 EV  






  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    105mm    f/7.1    1/2000s    200 ISO    -0.5 EV  






  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/6.7    1/750s    200 ISO    +1.0 EV  






  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    120mm    f/5.6    1/250s    100 ISO    -0.5 EV  






  NIKON D2X    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    175mm    f/14.0    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    800 ISO    +1.5 EV  




Jun 20, 2017 at 01:04 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Here's a few more.




  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/3000s    1100 ISO    +1.5 EV  






  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    370mm    f/6.3    1/4000s    800 ISO    +0.5 EV  






  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/14.0    1/160s    200 ISO    -0.5 EV  






  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    360mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    560 ISO    +0.5 EV  




Jun 20, 2017 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Here's to being this age again



NightOwl Cat 2017

  NIKON D300S    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    80mm    f/6.3    1/250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2017

  NIKON D300S    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    80mm    f/6.3    1/320s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 20, 2017 at 11:27 PM
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viczig wrote:
Here's a few more.



Great pics



Jun 21, 2017 at 12:44 AM
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NightOwl Cat wrote:
Here's to being this age again



Be nice but I dread the world they are inheriting



Jun 21, 2017 at 12:46 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


ckcarr wrote:
I never got very many good ones with that lens.


Same here - I never really got any acceptably sharp images from the original 80-400 VR. That lens was certainly not one of Nikon's best efforts.



Jun 21, 2017 at 01:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


It was my primary tele lens for wildlife till I moved on but I still used it for airshows because it was light and I was able to deal with the slow af system. I never had an issue with it producing unsharp images, I still have it sitting on a shelf but since I got a 200-500mm f5.6 it hasn't seen much use.


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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


I'm still using mine, as a matter of fact, I packed it on this trip east.


Jun 22, 2017 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Well, what I said shouldn't be misquoted, as it was. I'm generally not in the habit of blaming lenses. What I said was

I never got very many good ones with that lens. Partly because I didn't know what I was doing...


Don't think I knew a thing about shooting wildlife when I owned that lens.... Which was my point.



Jun 22, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Where is Morris on this one? I remember he use to get great BIF shots with this lens.


Jun 25, 2017 at 06:18 PM
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ckcarr wrote:
Well, what I said shouldn't be misquoted, as it was. I'm generally not in the habit of blaming lenses. What I said was

Don't think I knew a thing about shooting wildlife when I owned that lens.... Which was my point.


Know what you mean. Had this lens in my early days on my D700 and made kinda OK pictures but never really WOW pictures and of course blamed the gear. Upgraded the gear over the years but also improved my skills.
That made I had this lens kinda unused for 2 years.
Last April however I decided to take this lens on a birding trip as my second lens to be used on a D500 and D4. I must say that I was really pleased with the pictures it produced in respect of sharpness, bokeh, ... This is actually a stellar lens tat makes it all that much harder if I have to select lenses again on my next safari (got bitten by the NAS virus).

Anyway, a fellow countryman of mine and friend does show here what the lens is capable of:
http://www.yvesadams.be/photo/2014/02/
http://www.yvesadams.be/photo/2017/03/



Jun 25, 2017 at 08:44 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Sold mine for a 200-500E; despite all complaining in several forums this old zoom served me well all over these years.

Some samples:




Sayaca Tanager eating palm fruits

Sayaca Tanager eating exotic palm fruits by Jose, on Flickr

D7200 @ 330mm, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/15s (VR on, windowsill supported). 44% cropped (10.5/24Mp).





Juvenile Yellow-billed Cardinal bathing

Juvenile Yellow-billed Cardinal - bathing sequence by Jose, on Flickr

D300 @ 400mm hand held, ISO 320, f/9 at 1/640s.
Sequence during 4 seconds. ~8% crop (1.0/12.2Mb) for each image. Not bad for a "horrible" zoom.



Smooth-billed Ani sunbathing the wings.

Smooth-billed Ani sunbathing the wings. by Jose, on Flickr

D300 @ 400mm, ISO 500, f/8 at 1/500s, VR ON, supported on a BushHawk gunstock mount. 75% cropped (9.2/12.2Mp).



Jun 28, 2017 at 02:38 AM
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Vinnie_VdB wrote:
Know what you mean. Had this lens in my early days on my D700 and made kinda OK pictures but never really WOW pictures and of course blamed the gear. Upgraded the gear over the years but also improved my skills.
That made I had this lens kinda unused for 2 years.
Last April however I decided to take this lens on a birding trip as my second lens to be used on a D500 and D4. I must say that I was really pleased with the pictures it produced in respect of sharpness, bokeh, ... This is actually a
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The bokeh on this lens is to die for. The new one didn't disappoint either.

I only rented this version about 10 years ago on a D70. I made some of my favorite pics with it at a music festival and always dreamed of owning it. Three years ago I bought the new one and I am loving it.

It has decent contrast and colour imho. Sharpness was fine for a zoom.



Jun 29, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Brought mine along with me on my trip to Massachusetts. While there, I finally made it out to Martha's Vineyard, and shot from the deck of the ferries.



NightOwl Cat 2017

  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





NightOwl Cat 2017

  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/320s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 06, 2017 at 11:11 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Post Your Best 80-400mm AF-D VR Images


Couple more from my trip east.



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Shot from ferry deck

  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/25s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  






Rockport, Mass.

  NIKON D3    80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens    92mm    f/8.0    1/125s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Jul 15, 2017 at 12:33 AM







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