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80-400 mm AF-S VR II

lruby

San Diego, US
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lruby Registered since 23rd Dec 2007
Sun 24-Mar-13 04:59 PM

Hi,

I was one of those who took the risk on pre-ordering the new 80-400mm AF-S from B&H. It arrived this past Wednesday. I am a birder, have a D300S camera body and have been shooting for the last 4 or 5 years with the 70-300mm AF-S VR. The first day I wasn't sure about the lens. After this morning I'd say it's a keeper. For three years I've been trying to get something even close to a decent shot of a male Hooded Oriole that nests in our neighbor's palm tree. I finally got one this morning. (Actually got three, but only sharing one). I've also never been able to get a decent shot of a Spotted Towhee. Got that this week too, although the background isn't the best for a great photo. Also got a decent shot of a Say's Phoeobe that was quite a long ways away. All three shots are here.

http://lbrpics.smugmug.com/Category/Nikkor-80-400-AF-S/28580826_cjQD5c#!i=2423296278&k=RT5wBdL

Exif info is still attached. The Towhee and Oriole were taken at 400mm. All three were hand held. I have to say this lens is pretty darn bulky and heavy. I walk and hike with my camera a lot. I'm not a park in one place with the camera on a tripod person. My current set up of a heavy duty elastic harness and a Kinesis waist strap won't cut it. I'm going to order a Cotton Carrier and try that. BTW - I rented the older 80-400mm last year and absolutely hated it. Way too slow to focus and didn't like the image quality.

Lisa

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