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JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004
Sun 27-May-12 11:46 PM

I finally got a chance to spend a few minutes in the park with the V1 and 200-400mm f/4 tripod-mounted on a Sidekick. AF was okay, though I did have some hunting. I also experienced some autofocus chatter — a high speed repetitive failure to lock — but I'm hoping that's dirty contacts or the like. Interesting enough, manual focus was very easy and rewarding and is a potential workaround for moving subjects.

Following are full frame results:

Image 1: 240mm (648mm equivalent), 1/250 sec. at f/11, ISO 400

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Image 2: 240mm (648 equivalent), 1/250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 125

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Image 3: 400mm (1080 equivalent), 1/250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 125
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The two images at the short end of the zoom are very sharp. The image at zoom maximum is slightly OOF or perhaps the 1080mm system moved a bit . Overall, I think this body and lens combination is quite usable.

Jon Kandel
A New York City Nikonian and Team Member
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