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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:10 pm 
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Hi Thomas,

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I have highlighted the mistake in the red box.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:20 pm 
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Yep, Gordon has identified the problem and is eliminating it asap.
Thank you again for the alert!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:02 pm 
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No problem at all, glad I could help. I'll remove it from my Flickr page now.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:19 pm 
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I've ordered the lens this aft. & hope to have it by w/end, so looking forward to trying it out.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:13 pm 
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Will be interesting to hear from you!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:44 pm 
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Sod's-law though Thomas, it'll be raining the day I get it! :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:47 pm 
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You should consider yourself lucky!
It has been raining over here for almost the entire year so far :evil:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:37 pm 
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Got the lens this afternoon. Not had much chance to try it out properly, but fired a few shots off at passing Swifts.
This is a crop of these fast moving birds. Lightened shadows slightly in PSE10 & added the frame in picasa.

D800E, 400mm, 1/3200th sec, F6.3, ISO 1250, +4/3rds EV.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:43 pm 
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[i][/i][quote="Thomas"]Btw.: The new lens focuses closer (1.75 m/5.74 ft (1.5m in MF) vs. 2.3 m / 7.5 ft) but it has a slightly weaker maximum magnification of 1:5.7x (1:5.1x in MF) vs. 1:4.8.
This can only mean that the new lens is shrinking more than the old design ("shrinking" meaning you need to get closer to capture the same frame than with a less shrinking design - it is like having a lens of shorter focal length when focusing close).
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And the foot for mounting the lens on a tripod is included - other than with the 70-200/4.0. Well the lens is much heavier and I would never mount the camera-lens-combo by the camera-body.[/quote]

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[i] A few brief comments. I have used this lens with my D700, mostly for birding, but also general shots of the grandchildren, architecture and nature for six weeks and can confirm that the lens is heavy and extends quite a way when zoomed to 400mm.
In general the optical performance is excellent even wide-open. Good colors, contrast and skin colors are natural. AF-S is rapid, quiet and accurate with my copy. Zooming via the large ring is achieved quickly with a turn of the wrist and relatively smooth. I did try it briefly with my Kenko x1.4 PRO extender just after purchase, but not enough to comment yet.

It is a slow lens and will need good light for extender use. VR operates well, but there is a very brief delay for the image to stabilize. At distances beyond 300mm, VR appears to lose some stability in the viewfinder.
Negatives for me include the tripod mount. It is somewhat flimsy when compared to my AF-S 300 f4 lens, and the foot is very small. The tripod ring is also a let down and does not permit smooth rotation of the lens. Being located close to the camera body exacerbates this. You must also remove the lens from the camera body to remove and replace the tripod ring. It requires a little jiggling too.
The manual focus ring is quite slim and unlike my AFS-f4 lens is placed towards the back of the lens not the front. Not so bad when tripod mounted but tricky when supporting the lens weight for hand-holding. The lens hood is long and twist locks into place easily, but I have to use my little finger to press a tiny spring mounted button to unlock it. The high price deserved better mechanical & operational design, but I will keep the lens for it's optical quality and 80-400mm adjustable range and work around the other issues. I can always use my AF-S F4 with the Kenko if light is not up to par.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:59 pm 
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jpegs out of camera without going in photoshop.
Taken with Nikon D800E

400mm, 1/800th sec, F6.3, ISO 220. -2/3rd EV
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400mm, 1/100th sec, F6.3, ISO 800. -1/3rd EV (taken through double glazed window)
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140mm, F13, 1/640th sec, ISO 800. +1 EV
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:40 pm 
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This has been in PS.
Nikon D800E, 1/500th sec,400 mm, f/7.1, ISO 220. -1 EV

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:54 am 
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Impressive Carlos, did you shoot at 400 mm hand held.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:19 am 
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Cheers.
Yes all hand-held, VR off (I never used VR much tbh) I'll have to try out the VR with some slower shutter speeds.

Got to say, so far i'm fairly impressed with the lens. 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:00 pm 
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I posted a preliminary mini-revue of my experience with this lens elsewhere on this site and am in the process of setting-up a website so that I can post images here.
Some members have requested information on using converters with the lens. I have fired off about 25 shots so far of specific stationary subjects at 25-30 metres in bright sunlight and blue sky with and without a x1.4 Kenko PRO attached, the lens fully open and VR on. All were handheld. (The Kenko works well with my AFS 300MM, f4 lens)

Focus is achieved quickly & accurately when zooming from 80mm to 260mm, (f7.6) after which aperture hits f8 and focus becomes very erratic and loses focus even on subjects with excellent contrast and separation. Switching VR off does not improve this. With the converter removed there are no issues in good light up to f5.6.

These results do not surprise me. F8 is pushing things somewhat especially for the Kenko. The Nikon TC14E 11, may be a better choice with this relatively slow lens.

Just to be clear, I forgot to add that the distances mentioned above were read off of the lens barrel and a multiplier of x1.4 should be added to those numbers.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:46 pm 
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You mention that the VR on the AF-s 80-400 did not work as expected at the long end. I too have had this problem with other Nikon lenses like the AF-s 300 with and without converter and my much loved 200-400. The problem arrived when I bought my two D800 cameras and I have proven it to be only around 1/125th. The VR does not seem able to cope with the sudden mirror induced movement. The blur is always in the same direction as the mirror even with the camera on its side. Even on a good tripod with VR on or off the problem shows its self - please check this out for yourself. Mirror up and liveview does cure the problem but I am a bird photographer and feel that Nikon have let me down - the Nikon 300 AF-s should be beyond approach but is useless at around 1/125th on a D800. I never had this problem when using my D300s. The OS of the Sigma 50-500 OS copes easily with the mirror induced vibration and gives a much higher keep rate when hand held especially around 1/125th. Regards Rowly


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