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New 80-400 with TC1.4?

HMA123

Westfield, US
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HMA123 Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Aug 2010
Sat 04-May-13 03:39 PM

I have the new AF-S 80-400 and I am very impressed with its performance on both a D800 and D300S: very sharp images (on par with and maybe slightly better than my 70-200/2.8), and excellent AF performance. With the TC 1.7 performance worsens dramatically. It is possible to get sharp images, but AF is slow and hunts a fair amount. Max aperture is f9.5 at max zoom, which stretches the limits of both the D800 and D300S.
I am wondering if anyone has used this lens with the TC 1.4 and how it performs? With max aperture of f8, I am hoping the AF will work better. I am planning a safari soon and want to be able to capture rapidly developing action, birds, etc. The light will be mostly good so f8 doesn't bother me too much, but slow and inaccurate AF would be a killer. I am willing to get the TC1.4 if it really adds something. Otherwise I will use the lens bare and crop in LR.
Thanks!

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