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  1. #31
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    Just ducky! Maybe I'll have to wait to carry it around much. Looks like taking with me for a carry around lens may have to be put on hold for a while.

    Thanks buddy, for letting me know.



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  2. #32
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    OK! I just found my other bos tail strap I used on my old D90, and strapped it through a hole in my kirk tripod plate that's made for this lens'es tripod mount! So it should work fine with my black rapid shoulder strap, supporting the lens so that there should be no undue stress on the lens/camera connection!

    Maybe not the most stylish setup, but not bad even in looks with the bos tails being pretty small. Lol
    The advantage to this strap is it won't be in the way when putting it on the tripod even!

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  3. #33
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    I can't get a monopod for months likely, but I'll put it on the list with my other needs. Thank buddy.
    Bill, if you can't get a monopod, you can use any help to just take some weight off your body while shooting. A walking stick could do the job and it would make your shots so much sharper. But hey, you're the one on the other side of the lens so you're the boss.
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  4. #34
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    Cool can you give me a good starting place for the minimum shutter speed you'd recommend for this lens? Apparently my shutter speed setting was too slow, since getting sharp focus didn't really happen for me in my test shots! Lol
    ok, that is a loaded question because so much depends on your technique of shooting, and also camera and noise. My D800 has fairly low noise, so,, on this
    lens, I tend to set my ISO to 800,, and with fstop of 5.3-8,, the speeds typically is at 1/1000 of a second, which is fine for this lens,

    but,, still need to support the lens well, I put on a kirk collar,, which offers a perfect hand grip when not on a tripod,

    so,, I tend to brace my elbow to my chest, gripping the Kirk cloar, with my left hand, and then grip the camera/shutter with the right,, and really am
    careful not to tilt when pressing the shutter, since any tilting motion will cause a slight blur, with the higher pixel cameras, you have to maintain
    really really good form,, but with practice,, the pictures come out razor sharp.

    here are a couple hand held shots

    first one is at 1/1000 of a second Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens-_dsc7994-ringo-1-flying-smaller-.jpg

    and second one is 1/600th of a second
    Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens-_dsc8784-turn2-smaller.jpg

    both hand held, and manual mode, shots with this lens.

    and here is a recent shot, cropped to 1/4 of the image (because so far away even at 400mm), hand held at 1/320th which
    is about as slow as I want to hand hold this lens.

    Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens-_dsc7003-boat-smaller.jpg

    not bad for a cropped shot,
    Last edited by stmv; 08-08-2014 at 04:25 PM.
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  5. #35
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    @mikew Well I'm now a totally convinced convert on this tripod mount strap to support the lens! It just saved my new lens today! I accidentally must have bumped or pushed the lens release button as I was getting out of the car unlocking my lens from the camera, and when I was getting ready to turn the camera on the lens came off and fell to end up dangling from the strap I just added! I was in a near panic as I quickly snatched the lens and mounted it back on my camera!

    So I'm very very convinced and I'm also going to be extremely careful to make sure I don't bump that release button again! This lens seems to be inclined to come off really fast and easy when it's not lock on, with no turning needed, since it did it itself!
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  6. #36
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    I sure would love to have a good monopod, and I fully intend to get one. I'm just at the end of my financial tether after buying the lens and kirk tripod plate, so I have no choice but to wait unfortunately.
    But I'll keep the walking stick idea in mind until I can somehow get a monopod! Thanks bud, I appreciate the great tip!

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    Bill, if you can't get a monopod, you can use any help to just take some weight off your body while shooting. A walking stick could do the job and it would make your shots so much sharper. But hey, you're the one on the other side of the lens so you're the boss.
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  7. #37
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens
    Thanks my friend for the great tips! And those shots look awesome! Some day I'll get there!

    Quote Originally Posted by stmv View Post
    ok, that is a loaded question because so much depends on your technique of shooting, and also camera and noise. My D800 has fairly low noise, so,, on this
    lens, I tend to set my ISO to 800,, and with fstop of 5.3-8,, the speeds typically is at 1/1000 of a second, which is fine for this lens,

    but,, still need to support the lens well, I put on a kirk collar,, which offers a perfect hand grip when not on a tripod,

    so,, I tend to brace my elbow to my chest, gripping the Kirk cloar, with my left hand, and then grip the camera/shutter with the right,, and really am
    careful not to tilt when pressing the shutter, since any tilting motion will cause a slight blur, with the higher pixel cameras, you have to maintain
    really really good form,, but with practice,, the pictures come out razor sharp.

    here are a couple hand held shots

    first one is at 1/1000 of a second Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens-_dsc7994-ringo-1-flying-smaller-.jpg

    and second one is 1/600th of a second
    Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens-_dsc8784-turn2-smaller.jpg

    both hand held, and manual mode, shots with this lens.

    and here is a recent shot, cropped to 1/4 of the image (because so far away even at 400mm), hand held at 1/320th which
    is about as slow as I want to hand hold this lens.

    Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens-_dsc7003-boat-smaller.jpg

    not bad for a cropped shot,
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  8. #38
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    I think once I get the settings dialed in to fit me, that this lens will be my favorite non-macro lens! It's already starting to feel right when I carry and use it! I do believe this is the lens I dreamed of having for wildlife and carry around!
    I took some shots earlier today, but either the iso was too high for the shutter speed or there was more haze today than I realized. I may try to post process one or two of them to see if they can be cleaned up a bit.
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  9. #39
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    I've just had a look at how much this lens costs, as an option way down the line. If I've got things right it's £1,899 on Amazon.co.uk new, but MPB Photographic have them used in "Exc++" condition for £599. That seems like a massive saving to me, more than I've seen on a lot of other lenses. Is it normal for a lens of this type to depreciate that much? Or are they just offering a great deal on MPB?

    Looking forward to seeing the results you get Bill!
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  10. #40
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    Re: Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ED D lens

    Think I might be able to answer my own question, looks like I was looking at the older version on MPB and the newer one on Amazon.
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