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It could just be N.A.S. - this too shall pass (I hope)


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bellnier Registered since 18th Jul 2006
Mon 15-Jul-13 12:25 PM | edited Mon 15-Jul-13 01:46 PM by bellnier

I'm tempted to get the new 80-400mm AF-S for rugby, where most games are in decent light and I shoot at f/5-ish anyway. Although I have the freedom to move around at field level, 200mm isn't quite long enough...

-The 80-400mm lens has a longer reach than my current 80-200mm 1:2.8D lens
-The 80-400mm lens is still longer, and sharper, than my 80-200mm D lens and 1.4x tele combination
-The 80-400mm lens is light weight and fairly compact

-The 80-400mm lens is outrageously (over)priced
-Not EVERY game is in good light, possibly limiting my shutter speed
-Did I mention the price? Ugghhh
-I idiosyncratically HATE that the 80-400mm AF-S lens extends when zooming

I'm considering the 300mm f/4 lens. That lens plus my 1.4x tele would give me the same reach as the 80-400mm lens, maybe more sharpness, but I'd lose the critical short end.


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