D5100 plus 80-400mm lens

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Nezza555
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D5100 plus 80-400mm lens
6 months ago

I have a D5100 camera and a 55-300mm lens and take lots of photos of birds and children's sport. A lot of the time I crop the photos quite heavily (maybe to 1/4 of the original area), partially because I push the limits at the 300mm end and partially because by taking a wider photo I have a better likelihood of covering the action. Fairly often I miss shots because the auto-focus doesn't work fast enough.
I am considering buying a AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens for the extra reach and faster auto-focus and hoping that the quality of the detail in the cropped images will improve. However, no-one ever seems to post online about using these two (camera+lens) together and I'm wondering if there's more to it than the relative prices of the two. I realise that this is a big lens for the D5100 and that the combination will feel unbalanced.
Do you think I'm likely to be disappointed? Will the mismatch in weight be unworkable? Will the auto-focus still work very quickly? Or should I wait until I've bought a better camera before venturing on to this type of lens?

Nez

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