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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nikon's New 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR

This lens is a wildlife lens. The extra-dispersement components help the photographer get crisp sharp images as seen on the Nikon Sample Images site here. The lens is a replacement for the Nikon AF-S VR 80-400mm D ED-IF lens that Nikon had brought out over 12 years ago. This was a lens for wildlife enthusiasts which was sorely in need of replacement. This new lens does that and more. If I can get my hands on a copy to test shoot in the store, I'll be able to fire off a few frames to see just how responsive the lens is. But for a price tag of over double the current cost of the D version; this is not a lens that the ordinary enthusiast will buy just off the whim. The lens is sturdily built and like it's predecessor, it's built like a tank and for steady shots, it would be adviseable at longer ranges to put it on a tripod. At $2699.99 for a copy of this lens, it isn't the quality of the lens that will put off buyers, but the price tag itself. All in all, it will be determined by how much you enjoy wildlife photography that will be the driving force for sales of this particular lens at this price range. Considering I have the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, I'd much prefer to put on a TC-20EIII and get a 140-400mm f/5.6 that is handholdable versus the variable aperture 80-400mm, but that is my own viewpoint. Your mileage may vary.

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