Nikon lens for birding?

Started Jun 17, 2010 | Discussions thread
richard stern
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Re: Nikon lens for birding?
In reply to kipling, Jun 18, 2010

I have both the 80-400VR and the 300 f/4 +1.4TC. If you use the 80-400 properly, i.e. wait for the VR to kick in and use it at f/8, it's just as sharp as the 300 combo. It's easier to use handheld in poor light, because of the VR, and it's a bit lighter than the other. On a tripod, the 300 +1.4 is probably a bit sharper, and in poor light the tripod would compensate for the lack of VR. On the D300, using the focus limiter, AF is fast enough for relatively big or slow BIF, and as the 1.4TC can slow the AF a bit in poor light, that combo. isn't necessarily much faster. I vacillate between the two. Generally if I'm out and about locally, and want to bother with a tripod I use the 300 +1.4, but if I'm on a long hike, or traveling by air, I use the 80-400 - and most of the time eventually I see little or no difference.

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