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Nikkor 80-400 lens soft wide open

Swetz

Cambridge, US
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Swetz Registered since 26th Feb 2006
Thu 21-Feb-08 03:33 PM | edited Thu 21-Feb-08 03:37 PM by Swetz

I recently purchased a 80-400VR lens and did some testing of it last night. I was suprised how soft the lens was wide open at 400mm. I expected some softness but it is way softer then my 18-200 VR II lens @200mm wide open. Here are 3 pictures taken at 400mm, F5.6, F8, & F11. the photos are of my neighbors hous and are cropped down to allow a 1:1 pixel display here.

Does this softness seem normal to you for this lens? Everything I had read about the lens made it sound like it was pretty sharp at 400mm F5.6.

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Steve
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