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New/Old 80-400 VR Sharpness Comparison

JimH

Easton, US
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JimH Silver Member Charter Member
Wed 10-Apr-13 04:08 AM

I just sprang for the new 80-400 AF-S. I've owned the original 80-400 AF for 8 years. The original lens has done a great job for me, I've captured some decent images with it. Mostly I like to photograph trains. Of course I shoot other things as well. So with the recent purchase of a D800E and this new lens I'm looking forward to seeing even more detail in my photographs.

So far, I've done two side by side comparison test's of the new and original lens. Tripod, mirror up, live view AF, live view MF, auto focus at various fine tune settings and high shutter speeds.

The difference I've seen so far between the two... is... there is no difference that I can see. I've been reviewing images at 200% and honestly I cant see any real perceivable difference in the image quality between the two. My test images were of roof top chimneys and church steeples at distances from a block or so to half a mile. I used two focal lengths during the test's, 80 and 400mm with the aperture wide open on a D800E.

I'm disappointed as I was hoping for a noticeable improvement in IQ. At least at 400mm. So what do you guys think the scoop is here? Either the original 80-400 I've had for years is an outstanding copy. Or the new 80-400 AF-S I just received is on the soft side. Should I try another copy of the new lens? Has any one else performed some comparison tests of their own between the original AF and the new AF-S?

Feel free to chime in.
Thanks Jim H.

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