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Further musings concerning the new Nikon 80-400 VR. I'm absolutely convinced of the quality of the lens for fixed subjects; however I haven't had much luck at all with panning. Now, mine is not the greatest panning technique on this forum, far from it, but I usually manage to get a decent hit rate at any reasonable shutter speed...and sometimes I get lucky with the not-so-reasonable shutter speeds, too. But so far I haven't managed a decent shot of anything in motion at less than 1/400 sec when shooting at the longer focal lengths.
It may be a combination of the lens and the D7100, both of which are new to me, but since I'm getting good results with static subjects I tend to rule out the camera and its AF system. My sense is that the VR during panning isn't managing itself very well: the subject judders around in the frame and I never have a sense of 'locking on' the subject as the mirror slaps up and down during a burst. Nikon's normal VR mode is supposed to recognize panning and only correct in one axis, but I have my doubts.
Here's one of my static successes: a robin going about its lawful occasions. The first image is a moderate crop from a 24mp D7100 frame, handheld. The second is a 1:1 crop that reveals the D7100's tendency to produce Moire patterns (like the D800E, it has no optical low-pass filter). BTW, I'm shooting JPGs at the moment because none of the Adobe products yet has the ability to deal with the D7100's RAW files.
NIKON D7100 80.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens 400mm f/5.6 1/250s 100 ISO 0.0 EV