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Normu
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« on: May 29, 2013, 10:20:02 PM »

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I am disappointed in the refresh of this lens. Nikon doubled the price of the old lens. But the biggest issue I have is that if you want add a @x teleconverter you will be at F11 and no camera body is going to give you autofocus at this aperture.  I prefer the Nikon F4 lens which allow me to have autofocus at least with the D600 and D800 bodies as well likely as future Nikon body releases. The 300/4 and 70-200/f lens give more flexibility that the new 80-400mm.
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 08:59:30 PM »

I use this lens just fine with the 1.4x TC-14E.  Fast focusing, adds only 1 stop which at the long end is f8, not f11.  I have even used the 1.7, which surprislingly worked better than expected.  My use has been both on the D800 and the D7100.  I have not tried with my TC-20E, but that is not the purpose of this lens.  Looking at the price of the 70-200 f4 and 300 f4, it is pretty much a wash money wise.  Use the lens on a D7100 where you can also use 1.3 crop mode for a 2x FOV factor and I would argue that this is a more flexible option than the pair of f4 lenses.
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Wade Tregaskis
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2013, 04:09:02 PM »

What made you expect anything different?  Obviously the refresh of the 80-400 4.5-5.6 is going to have a similar aperture range.  Otherwise it'd be a whole new lens.  And if it were constant f4, it'd be more like a super-successor to the 200-400, which is in a completely different league altogether (at least in terms of price and weight).  I'll concede the new price is hard to stomach, but it's still many thousands of dollars less than the next & last tier, of the 200-400 and the super-telephoto primes.

In any case, the quality with the 2x teleconverter is going to be marginal.  The new 80-400 is impressive at 400 even wide open, but it's not working miracles.  The 1.4x or maybe 1.7x are much better options (and this is true in use on almost all lenses) w.r.t. balancing reach with image quality.

FWIW, I've used the 1.4x myself on this lens and there's no obvious image quality degradation (or autofocus impact).  Though I haven't pixel-peeped.
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