Nikon 80-400mm VR lens Review
In the Nikkor AF Lenses forum of this our community someone asked what were our opinions on the recently announced but yet expected on the shelves Nikkor 80-400mm AF VR zoom lens. That is how this story began.
Somehow submerged in my old ways, having never been too impressed with image stabilization lenses or felt the need for them, I wrote this answer to a fellow Nikonian:
"The temptation of a do-it-all zoom lens is high. However, an 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, even if VR*, does hold little appeal to me.
I intend to buy very soon the 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S. Compare your chances for success at hand-held shooting even at the lower end, 80mm f/2.8 vs 80mm f/4.5 even if VR at less than half the shutter speed for the same film. Instead of using an ISO 200 film, I would have to be loaded all the time with ISO 800 or faster.
Now, for 400mm I intend to buy a 300mm f/2.8 AF-S with a 1.4 teleconverter, that will make it a 420 f/4 as against a 400mm f/5.6 of the VR, plus I will have a 300mm f/2.8, as luminous and razor sharp as the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S. (Plus it will be less expensive than the 400mm f/2.8 AF-S).
Additionally, I do not anticipate the cost of the VR to be on the lower end of things. But then, it must appeal someone or it wouldn't be built.
P.S. Converters work great on the 80-200mm AF-S, although they are seldom recommended for zoom lenses.
Have a great time
Little I knew then that I soon would have to eat my own words...