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Old 12-23-2003, 06:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Getting ahead of myself, but what else to do when I have'nt got anything but time and limited resources on my hands. The new camera, D-100, will be happening next week, while I'm home on leave. Thanks to Jason Etzel, aka: JasonNJ / Counter Boy. At present I have two lens, a Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 D [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img], and a Nikkor AF 70-300 f/4-5.6 G [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I have low to no expectations for the later, but was part of a deal and basicly free. For my next purchase I'm considering a Nikkor 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR. Most of my shooting is opportunistic. Often from stopped or slow moving vehicles, helicopters, or dodging the afore mentioned, on foot. The VR system claims to allow for about 8 times slower shutter speeds; that is, the equivalent of 3 stops. For example, a picture to be unblurred, even in the hands of a well seasoned photog, might need at least a 1/250 of a second at 300mm; with the VR you can safely take the speed down from 1/250, through 1/125, 1/60, to 1/30 of a sec.
So the lens, with an aperture of f/4.5 effectively -and approximately- becomes a f/1.8 lens; until the lens is extended all the way to 400mm focal length when it turns into a f/5.6, equivalent -due to the VR system- to a f/2. Sounds ideal for my situation, but, does it live up to the claims. Anybody have any thoughts, experience, or wisdom that might be shared, before I make a decision to take the plunge? Happy Holidays to all.
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Old 12-23-2003, 07:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wait.

Use the Nikon D-100 first, get used to it. You will have the 1.5 multiplier effect to get used to. Not to mention the all the variables of the camera.

One thing to remember is you are not just getting a camera....but a computer as well.

Then after a month of heavy use, IMHO you will be in a better position for decision making.

BTW your lense effectively becomes a 120-600mm. So you will be shooting at an even longer focal length for those shutters speeds than you mentioned. And yes the VR system is nice, a friend mine uses his to capture Atlanta ballet shots he was never able to get before.

Hope this helps,

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Old 12-23-2003, 08:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Great lens....wife shot from the back of the harley at about 65 with one of these...pics came out great


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I agree, use the camera a bit. Specially get familiar with the RAW processing workflow.

Your assumptions are not really correct about the aperture. Although it gives you the extra stops in shooting speed it does not give you the DOF of a 1.8 lens as in your example. The 80-400 is rather slow in the AF department and not so sharp in the long range(300 and up). That was my take on it before I sold it. YMMV.

You may want to look at the 70-200 AF-S 2.8 VR if this range interests you.

Enjoy your camera!

Happy holidays.

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Thanks for the feed back. I agree with you both about about taking the time to learn the camera. I have already hatched a plan dividing the tasks between auto/ manual shooting and image processing using Thom Hogans D-100 Guide as a reference to approach this in a logical manner. My purpose in asking for oppinions on this lens is to help me decide down the road, if this lens lends itself to what the majority of use of the camera is intended to be. Don't worry about me spending money, till I'm sure it will do what I want, as I'm a cheap bastard by nature. Rick, Evo, shovel, or what, hard or soft? How'd it do at a idle? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Thanks all, George
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Old 12-23-2003, 02:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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*G* I ride a 87 FXR (Evo) and the wife rides a 02 Vrod....and soft.... had a chopped 77 shovel with next to no shocks but it aint fun on nyc streets...

And never tried at a stop sitting on it...lol..



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