New 80-400 vs 300 f4 with 1.4 TC????
Has anyone done this comparison? I use the 300f4 with 1.4TC as my main easy-to-carry birding lens, and I love the lens, EXCEPT for lack of VR. No matter what anyone says, there is rarely enough light for ideal shooting: low ISO, fast shutter speeds, stopped-down aperture, etc. I would really appreciate anyone who could do this comparison, or point me in the right direction.
#1. "RE: New 80-400 vs 300 f4 with 1.4 TC????" | In response to Reply # 0dankeny Nikonian since 29th May 2006Tue 02-Apr-13 11:27 PM
Have not done IQ comparison, but I know the zoom would win. Also, the focus on he zoom is much faster than the 300 with TC. On the D800, I prefer shooting the naked 300 and cropping. The light issue along with the lack of VR limits the usefulness of the TC in my experience. Some swear by it.
#2. "RE: New 80-400 vs 300 f4 with 1.4 TC????" | In response to Reply # 1mawyatt1 Registered since 11th Feb 2012Wed 03-Apr-13 05:07 PM | edited Wed 03-Apr-13 05:15 PM by mawyatt1
I don't have the 300 f4 so can't comment about it's preformance, although others have posted some excellent images and rave about it. I was very seriously looking at this very combo when the Nikon AFS 80-400 showed up.
I can say a little about the AFS 80-400 VR as I just rec'd it. This past weekend i was able to do a quick lens fine tune using my nonscientific method, the new Nikon took a -16 which is greater in magnitude than any other lens I have, Nikon or Sigma.
During the lens fine tune I decided to compare the Nikon with my Bigma 50-500 OS which i fine tuned (-1) some time ago using a couple techniques that tended to agree. Anyway, the Nikon was sharper hands down at 400mm f5.6 than the Bigma at 400mm f6.3. Both on a tripod MUP and remote triggered, shooting a target at ~40' in bright sunlight under a pool screen. I have been very happy with the Bigma and really have nothing bad to say about it, it's a very good value IMO.
Then compared the Nikon handheld with VR ON, to the Bigma on the tripod shooting the same target and under similar light. I was amazed that the Nikon handheld was as good as the Bigma on a tripod!! The new VR in this lens is the best I have seen from any lens I have used. For handheld shots this new VR made it look as if I was almost as good as a tripod! I can assure you I am not!!!
The Nikon's sharpness doesn't seem to benefit from being stopped down like most, it's naturally sharp wide open which seems to be the trend with the newer design FX lens from Nikon. Also the focus is almost instantaneous, just snaps and locks on without hunting, works very well with the D800. One the downside the collar for the new Nikon is very poor, the Bigma is much much better....but I suspect most won't be using a tripod, but still this is unacceptable on a $2700 lens!!
I suggest anyone interested in this lens to try it out, that's what i did and the result is it's now probably going to be my go to long lens in favor of the Nikon 70-200 and Bigma.