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    Default AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

    I'm taking motorbike sports race..
    Currently using AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED.
    I didn't get enough zoom to capture far distance objects.
    I would like to know if AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED is it a good lens?
    What i know its not a fast lens.. but affordable.. unlike any other fast lens which is way beyond budget.
    any recommendation?

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    Default Re: AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

    Quote Originally Posted by xintothezonex View Post
    I'm taking motorbike sports race..
    Currently using AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED.
    I didn't get enough zoom to capture far distance objects.
    I would like to know if AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED is it a good lens?
    What i know its not a fast lens.. but affordable.. unlike any other fast lens which is way beyond budget.
    any recommendation?
    I heard its a pretty darn slow lens

    maybe a 80-200 + TC would be better?

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    Default Re: AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

    wow.. ok!
    80-200 but still cant get the close up zoom.

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    Default Re: AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

    The focusing might not be as snappy fast as AFS lenses, but optics wise should be a performer. The cheaper alternatives would be the old manual focusing lenses, or just rent a lens when you need to shoot.

    Here is a review by users on FM forum

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    Last edited by giantcanopy; 22nd October 2008 at 02:07 PM.

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    Default Re: AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

    Quote Originally Posted by xintothezonex View Post
    wow.. ok!
    80-200 but still cant get the close up zoom.
    thats why i said pop on a TC

    a 1.4X Teleconvertor'll give you a 112-280mm lens @ f4

    while a 2X teleconvertor'll give you a 140-400mm lens @ f5.6!

    oh course, TCs do degrade IQ but with a top-notch lens like the 80-200 and a decent TC, image quaility will still be reasonably good

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