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Choosing a replacement for my Nikon 80-400 mm zoom

tomoliver

Brisbane, AU
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tomoliver Registered since 06th Nov 2007
Thu 24-Jan-13 09:32 PM

Hi everyone

Over 95% of my photography is spent shooting birds and most of the time I use a Nikon 500/F4 mounted on a D300.I originally started out with the Nikon 80-400 zoom and got some really good images with the lens. I upgraded to the 500/F4 a couple of years ago and I'm really pleased with the results I'm getting. However, on a number of occasions,such as shooting in a rain forest or heavily foliage forest I find the 500/F4 can be a bit limiting (i.e. not easily hand held, can be too close to the subject etc.).On these occasions I've used my 80-400 zoom, but the slow focussing, particularly after using the 500/F4 can be frustrating.

Can anyone offer advice on which way to go? Do I trade in my 80-400 zoom for a Nikon 300/2.8 (to be used with a TC)or do I wait until Nikon upgrade the 80-400 zoom?

If I waited for the upgraded 80-400 (and hopefully a D400), I could buy both of these for roughly the price of a 300/2.8.

I would welcome any suggestions.

Regards

Tom

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