New 80-400 what VR?

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Dan Brenner Regular Member • Posts: 378
New 80-400 what VR?

It says Nikon AF-S 80-400 VR opposed to Nikon AF-S 70-200 VRII. Does this says that the new lens is equipped with first generation Nikon VR? The B&H web site writes about the 80-400 VR: "...allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four times slower than would otherwise be possible". So is the the fourth VR generation? The latest? The best Nikon currently has? Or the same VR as on the old 80-400?

Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 29,119
Re: New 80-400 what VR?
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Dan Brenner wrote:

It says Nikon AF-S 80-400 VR opposed to Nikon AF-S 70-200 VRII. Does this says that the new lens is equipped with first generation Nikon VR? The B&H web site writes about the 80-400 VR: "...allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four times slower than would otherwise be possible". So is the the fourth VR generation? The latest? The best Nikon currently has? Or the same VR as on the old 80-400?

No. Go to Nikon and the VR on the 80-400 and read what it says, "VR (Vibration Reduction) minimizes camera shake by offering a shutter speed equivalent to 4.0 stops faster (at 400 mm; based on CIPA Standard)"

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80-400 VR? Same VR as decribed for $18K, 800/5.6..
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Dan Brenner wrote:

It says Nikon AF-S 80-400 VR opposed to Nikon AF-S 70-200 VRII. Does this says that the new lens is equipped with first generation Nikon VR? The B&H web site writes about the 80-400 VR: "...allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four times slower than would otherwise be possible". So is the the fourth VR generation? The latest? The best Nikon currently has? Or the same VR as on the old 80-400?

"Second Generation 4 stop VR"

I wouldn't worry the type of VR on the 80-400; there will other more important things to consider!

RB

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Vera Cognome Regular Member • Posts: 230
Re: 80-400 VR? Same VR as decribed for $18K, 800/5.6..

RBFresno wrote:

"Second Generation 4 stop VR"

That language appears to come from the Nikon USA press release.  It's on the Canadian site as well, but not on the Nikon worldwide site, nor the Nikon UK, Singapore or (AFAIK) the German, Italian, or Spanish sites.  Any one here who can read Japanese?

I wouldn't worry the type of VR on the 80-400; there will other more important things to consider!

Unless you are looking for reasons not to buy the lens, that is.

Leonard Shepherd
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Re: 80-400 VR? Same VR as decribed for $18K, 800/5.6..

Vera Cognome wrote:

but not on the Nikon worldwide site, nor the Nikon UK

Four speeds VR is clearly mentioned on the Nikon worldwide site many use - because it includes the Nikon MTF

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/zoom/telephotozoom/af-s_80-400mmf_45-56g_ed_vr/index.htm

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Vera Cognome Regular Member • Posts: 230
Re: 80-400 VR? Same VR as decribed for $18K, 800/5.6..

Leonard Shepherd wrote:

Four speeds VR is clearly mentioned on the Nikon worldwide site many use - because it includes the Nikon MTF

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/zoom/telephotozoom/af-s_80-400mmf_45-56g_ed_vr/index.htm

But does the Nikon WorldWide site mention the "Second Generation" part?  If so, where?  If not, what's the point of your post?

abcdefghijklmnop Senior Member • Posts: 1,098
Re: New 80-400 what VR?

In the past, Nikon's VR designation has not identified what generation of VR is installed. You have to read about the specific lens to gain that knowledge, and sometimes that is not easy.

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Bob GB Senior Member • Posts: 1,678
Re: New 80-400 what VR?
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Dan Brenner wrote:

It says Nikon AF-S 80-400 VR opposed to Nikon AF-S 70-200 VRII. Does this says that the new lens is equipped with first generation Nikon VR? The B&H web site writes about the 80-400 VR: "...allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four times slower than would otherwise be possible". So is the the fourth VR generation? The latest? The best Nikon currently has? Or the same VR as on the old 80-400?

The "II" in AF-S 70-200 means this is version II of this lens. Whether VR is upgraded or not has nothing to do with "II".

The VR function in the new 80-400 VR is indeed advanced. It has 4 steps VR, Normal and Active mode, automatic detection of tripod vibrations which makes the VR function changing accordingly.

The lens itself looks very promising with nanocaoating, an impressive MTF chart and three focusing modes as well (A/M, M/A and M).

It has been some whining about focus breathing but who would use this lens for close ups? Probably very few if any would do that.

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Re: New 80-400 what VR?
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Bob GB wrote:


It has been some whining about focus breathing but who would use this lens for close ups? Probably very few if any would do that.

There's been a lot of whining about a lot of specs on this lens, mostly it seems coming from people who haven't got the current 80-400 or people that never intended to buy a long lens to start with.  (Unless it has perfect specs and somehow sells for under $1000).

It's really unbelievable the bitching and moaning going on about a lens that hasn't even been test reviewed yet.   Just a bunch of people trying to find reasons to trash it and talk other people out of it.   Mostly because they think the price is high.

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