Just returned my 80-400mm VR AF-S lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
RBFresno Forum Pro • Posts: 12,542
B&H's return Policy:

sjprintz wrote:

I bought this about 1 week ago to use for wildlife on my D800e.  The reviews I read were quite good and I was looking forward to replacing my 70-200mm F2.8 + 1.7 TC with this lens.

I did some comparisons and the 80-400mm is a little sharper than my combination.  At 5.6, the 80-400mm is quite sharp and at F8, it's even better.  When I use the 70-200mm VR + TC, I usually stop down to F2.8 as well.

Unfortunately, the 80-400mm was just a little better in my opinion. Only when I pixel peeped did I really see the difference.  However, it was not enough of a difference to justify the $3000 cost of this lens (BTW I am saying $3000 because you need to buy a new foot for this lens.  Nikon should really give us a good support rather than a nice carrying case).   The lens is also quite wide and hard to hand hold for long.

I think if the lens were priced below $2000 it would be worth it to me.  It just seems overpriced for my needs.  Just my 2 cents.



FWIW, here is B&H's return policy.

BH Photo Returns

I've only returned one lens to them, a 25/2 Zeiss. The lens was fine, but it didn't have enough advantage f over the 14-24 or 24-70 for me to keep it.

At the time. I was so pi$$ed off about my Nkion 24-70 stiff zoom  ring ($600) repair, that I was emoted into trying to buy anything but Nikon.

I was so reluctant to return it, that I waited too long, and was charged a 15% restocking fee.

So I didn't feel too badly for B&H  having made a couple of hundred off of my delay...it might have been more than they would have made on my purchasing the lens!


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