I have been using the above for a while now and read with interest all the discussion on the recently introduced 80-400 VR lens. I know this is probably old ground but can anyone give me first hand info on the VR against my 80-200+TC20E combination. I am only concerned about optics we all know how good the VR capability is, but if it's a tad soft during VR operation is it very much sharper than what i am using now? BTW i am not flaming the VR in any way i think it's a great advance, iv'e just moved into aviation photography and think that the lens would be a boon to me. However to get it i would have to part with my 80-200 +TC20E+probably an F100 body too! So it would have to be good, i wouldn't mind dropping from two F100'S to one and maybe an F80 as i think this is also a good camera so i would like to ask what the VR focusing is like on the F80 as well.
Sorry for so many questions jules.
#1. "RE: 80-200AFS TC20E COMBO" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberWed 11-Jul-01 12:20 PM
The magnificent 80-200mm f/2.8 with the TC20E becomes the very effective 160-400mm f/5.6 that you are surely enjoying.
The 80-400mm f-4.5-5.6 also has excellent sharpness and contrast.
At the 400mm end, although yo have the same luminosity, what you gain is the ability to soot at much lower speeds and still get the sharpness you are looking for.
Although there have been comments on the "slowness" of its AF, it is only true in relation to the AF-S and the difference, IMHO, is extremely hard to clock. It just gets some practice to allow for the VR to engage for the first photo in a series.
If I were in the position to choose between the two setups you describe, I would go for the VR. My opinion of course does not have the strong validity you may be looking for since I am keeping both. However, I must confess of more frequently shooting with the VR than with the combo.
As how fast it would be on a N80 vs a F100, I would keep the F100.
You might be interested in the quick review we made of it, with one flaw: no panning shots in the samples, which we will correct as soon as we have some free time (!?).
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#2. "RE: 80-200AFS+TC20E COMBO" | In response to Reply # 0slsman Basic MemberWed 11-Jul-01 01:24 PM
I recently acquired an 80-400VR which I intend to use a great deal for aviation photography. During my evaluation I found the lens did deliver excellent results and it had the benefit of being relatively small and light.
I don't know how to post images here in this forum, but if you are interested (or anyone else out there) I'd be happy to email you two or three samples that I have copied digitally (C17, Fokker Triplane, F16 etc)
Hopefully the lens will also benefit for some upcoming trips to the Canadian Rockies and Cape Breton island!