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    nikon AF-S 200-400 or AF-S 80-400

    I have an opportunity to pick up the Nikon AF-S 200-400 at a very good price or purchase the new AF-S 80-400 (I currently own an older one AF version).
    Im using this on the D800. I heard the new 80-400 has been redesigned for the D800 is that true?

    I currently own the Nikon AF-S 24-70, AF-S 300, AF 80-400 (selling) and the TC 20 E III Teleconverter.

    Thanks you guys and gals have been a great source of info and support.

    Bernie

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    Re: nikon AF-S 200-400 or AF-S 80-400

    The new 80-400 has been getting rave reviews from some pretty darn good photogs. I had the old version, sold it, and have had a 200-400 for about five years. IMO the decision should be based on what kind of shooting you do. If you are a tripod user, definately go for the 200-400. If you plan on using the lens hand held, you might want to go the other route. You said you have a AF-S 300. Which one, 2.8 or f4?

    I've shot a lot of stuff with the 200-400. It is an awesome lens. If you're only going to own one pro-grade lens, it is the one to have. But if the 300 you have is a 2.8, you might consider pairingr it with TCs for long work and go with the 80-400 for ease of use/versatility. I've been thinking of getting one for travelling but can hardly justify the expense since I already have the other one

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    Re: nikon AF-S 200-400 or AF-S 80-400

    Hi Bernie,

    Interesting, I have just been reading about those two lenses and was wondering why the 200-400 is almost 3x the price of the 80-400.

    Seems to me the 200-400 is a monster compared to the 80-400. I guess it is always nice to have a versatile lens. With the 80-400 you sacrifice on CA, vignetting and sharpness. The question is, HOW MUCH? Would the difference be obvious? The 200-400is in a different class whilst the 80-400 is so darn versatile.

    Difficult decision!

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    Re: nikon AF-S 200-400 or AF-S 80-400

    thanks for all the feedback. I went for the 80-400 mostly due to pricing the 200-400 used was 4100 and that was not an option. and I did not want to be tripod linked with the lens. It is a nice lens and has attributes that are better than the older AF version that I currently own.


    Quote Originally Posted by bakravitz View Post
    I have an opportunity to pick up the Nikon AF-S 200-400 at a very good price or purchase the new AF-S 80-400 (I currently own an older one AF version).
    Im using this on the D800. I heard the new 80-400 has been redesigned for the D800 is that true?

    I currently own the Nikon AF-S 24-70, AF-S 300, AF 80-400 (selling) and the TC 20 E III Teleconverter.

    Thanks you guys and gals have been a great source of info and support.

    Bernie

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    Re: nikon AF-S 200-400 or AF-S 80-400

    We'll expect a report and supporting images posted on how it performs. Based on everything I've seen/heard so far I think you'll be happy. Definately if you want to be free of the tripod, you made the logical choice.

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