Experiences with the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens



  • DenverShooterDenverShooter Posts: 356Member
    I have the latest iteration of that lens and its plenty sharp especially if you are into it for a stop or two.

    Denver Shooter
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,180Member
    edited December 2018

    Is that the earlier 80-400 Hearty? looks as soft as butter to me.

    No its the AFS version.

    2 examples of the lens images. Full JPG out of the camera. You can see why I am disapointed.

    Post edited by heartyfisher on
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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,235Moderator
    Mmm, not good Hearty. I would send it back or sell it and get the 200-500 if I were you as you would not regret getting that lens. Except for the money but you will forget that soon.
    Always learning.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,116Member
    edited December 2018
    The first shot looks fine, not as good as higher end glass (like say the 200-400 F4 or 200-500), but it is in the same league as the 70-300mm VR, which is about what you should expect with a superzoom like that.

    Second one looks like you either missed the target or are suffering from distortion created by the atmosphere. Had the same problem with the 300mm F2.8G VRII, and my 200-400mm F4 VR in that type of situation and the lens was fine in other situations that lacked it. You tend to notice the problem more when shooting over water like that, the farther you are from the subject the worse it gets. Over water atmospheric distortion is greatest on hot summer days, when the water is cooler than the air, or in winter when the water is warmer than the air.

    Do you see the same issue when shooting over land or just over water?
    Post edited by PB_PM on
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