AF-S 80-400 Where am I going wrong? (5 images)

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AF-S 80-400 Where am I going wrong? (5 images)
Jul 21, 2013

Spent a day at the low fly zone to try out my 80-400mm AF-S on my D7100, but I also took my 70-200 f2.8 which was mounted on a D3.

I gave the D3 with 70-200mm f2.8 to my brother, who does not normally shoot with a DSLR and he came up with the first two images, which I think are crackers.

I was using my D7100 with the 80-400mm and I shot images 3 and 4. I don't know why the 3rd image looks so soft, or is it just me and my dodgy handling? I did better with the 4th, but I'd also zoomed the lens in for this one. All the first four images were of the same jet at the same time.

I seem to have a problem getting sharp pictures at 400mm with the new lens. I also included another image taken a few minutes earlier, also at 400mm, which also lacks any kind of bite. The only clean looking shot to me is the 3rd image, taken at 200mm.
All of these pictures were converted to jpegs in camera because the computer I use for processing is down at the moment, so these are all out of camera jpegs.

Maybe I just need a bit more practice at aviation photography because I am fairly new to it. VR was enabled on both lenses, although that may work against you for panning aircraft when you want some decent background blur, I'm not sure but C&C welcome.

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