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new Nikon 80-400
Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 12:27 AM on 06.27.13
->> does anyone have/use it? Thoughts?
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Michael Fullana, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 6:56 AM on 06.27.13
->> Debra,
I have two buddies that have this lens and I have used both. Very sharp but the 5.6 at 400 is what kills it for me.
I prefer using a prime with tc's than the 80-400.
The birdie shooters absolutely love it :), that's what my buddies use it for bird and nature shooting. Overall it's very sharp, fast and precise AF. If you can live with the 5.6 max aperture at 400 then I think you will love this lens.

Michael
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 8:15 AM on 06.27.13
->> thanks, Michael. I had the first version and wasn't happy. I have a 200-400f4 but I am looking to cut back on the weight for some outdoor concerts that I shoot
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Michael Fullana, Photographer
Miami | FL | USA | Posted: 8:24 AM on 06.27.13
->> in that case, I think you will love it.
It's very sharp even wide open and for an outdoor concert it would definately be my choice.
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Steven Limentani, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | United States | Posted: 2:45 PM on 06.27.13
->> Mike Corrado just put some of his images using this lens on his facebook site, IQ was remarkable.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:40 PM on 06.29.13
->> I've had the 70-300 for several years and love it. Sharp wide open, small and light. With the D3S and D4 I don't have reservations pumping up the ISO to 3200 - 6400, so the f/3.5-5.6 aperture isn't as much of a consideration.

(A side note: I am about to give the new Sigma 120 - 300mm f/2.8 zoom a test drive --- along with their 1.4 teleconverter. Hopefully I'll have a users report in an upcoming issue of Sports Shooter Newsletter.)
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Michael Schwarz, Photographer
Decatur | GA | USA | Posted: 12:51 AM on 07.01.13
->> There is no comparison between the new 80-400 and the old. The new one is terrific.
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Mike Morelock, Photographer
Greenwood | AR | USA | Posted: 2:34 PM on 07.01.13
->> Getting off topic but here's a tear down of the old Sigma 120-300 and the new.
https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/06/sigma-120-300-f2-8-part-ii-compara...

Not sure they changed enough for the price difference, like the rental company says, time will tell. Really looking forward to a Kahuna review. I see some great images even with the TC of static objects, but wonder how well it focuses on moving subjects.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 4:21 PM on 07.21.13
->> anyone use the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6? A friend just tested it and says it is great..any one here use it?
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Jeff Lautenberger, Photographer
Baltimore Area | MD/PA | United States | Posted: 11:52 AM on 07.22.13
->> No to the Sigma, but I had a chance to use and test the new Nikon 80-400 a couple weeks ago and it was fantastic, even wide open. Comparable image quality to my older Nikon 400 2.8 AF-S. I couldn't get over how light it was, easily hand-holdable for a full day.
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Ralph Mawyer, Photographer
San Antonio | TX | United States | Posted: 11:53 AM on 07.24.13
->> Debra, you've probably seen this, but if not, it's another good data point of info.

As usual, it seems to boil down to how much light you are shooting with and if you need the reach over the 70-300 at a much better price point.

http://www.dslrbodies.com/accessories/lenses-for-nikon/nikon-lens-reviews/n...
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Randy Rimland, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 12:53 PM on 07.24.13
->> it is an amazing lens, better than the 300/4 + 1.4TC
but f/5.6 is not for sports
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 1:15 PM on 07.24.13
->> thanks

looks like the 200-400 f4 will be going up for sale. Hate lugging it around
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 2:05 PM on 07.24.13
->> I am going to do something I have never done-try out an off brand lens! I have heard good reports from friends about the Sigma 120-400 so I will be using it Friday
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