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    My new 400 f2.8E FL ED VR, sharpest lens I have ever used

    My favourite lens used to be the 300 f2.8 VRII, just stupid sharp and great overall IQ and this was backed up by DXO Mark which had it as the equal 2nd sharpest lens by Nikon, the 200 f2 VR being the sharpest @ 34 P-Mpix and the old 400 f2.8 VR and 300 f2.8 VR one point behind at 33 P-Mpix - nothing in it really. However, this new 400 f2.8E FL VR is just in another league, it is as sharp at f2.8 as it is stopped down! Put a TC on it, any TC, and you can hardly see it affect the IQ, even wide open!! There has been controversy about the new test site "Lenscore"

    http://www.lenscore.org/

    which rated the 400 f2.8E FL VR as the sharpest long tele they have tested, but I can vouch for it, it is ridiculously sharp and detailed with great overall IQ. Not only that, but every other aspect is a large step up. AF speed is blindingly fast and accurate, the bokeh is excellent as is contrast and colour balance.

    The lens bare is stupid sharp and fantastic overall IQ.
    Add the 1.4x TCIII and it is sharper than the 500 f4 VR, even wide open!
    Add th 1.7x TCII and it is sharper than the 500 f4 + 1.4x TCIII, even wide open!
    Add the 2x TCIII and it is sharper than the 500 f4 + 1.4x TCIII, even wide open!

    My 500 f4 VR is now up for sale.

    Some samples I took yesterday on my D810 to try it out:

    @ f3.5, ISO224



    100% crop of above



    With 1.4x TCIII @ f5.6, ISO1425



    With 1.4x TCIII @ f4 WIDE OPEN!!, ISO141



    100% crop of above:



    With 1.4x TCIII @ f5, ISO283



    crop of above:



    With 2x TCIII f7.1, ISO1008



    100% crop of above:



    With 1.7x TCII f4.8 WIDE OPEN!!, ISO400



    100% crop of above:



    Bare @ f3.2, ISO64



    crop of above:



    Bare @ f3.5, ISO64



    100% crop of above:

    Last edited by Lance B; 06-03-2015 at 11:17pm.

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    well I agree wholly, that lens with your skill is a cracker

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    Quote Originally Posted by macmich View Post
    well I agree wholly, that lens with your skill is a cracker
    Thank you very much for your lovely comments, macmich!

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    Lance Lance Lance you making me cry .....
    Clean Crisp Clear
    This should be your Signature
    Dropping some serious coin and with your skills .....
    I want to be your understudy
    My retina display is crying as well as being killer sharp

    cheers




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    Yeah, yeah, but maybe a bit too sharp, they are soo sharp they make my eyes hurt.
    Mark


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    Quote Originally Posted by cupic View Post
    Lance Lance Lance you making me cry .....
    Clean Crisp Clear
    This should be your Signature
    Dropping some serious coin and with your skills .....
    I want to be your understudy
    My retina display is crying as well as being killer sharp

    cheers
    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments, Cupic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpb View Post
    Yeah, yeah, but maybe a bit too sharp, they are soo sharp they make my eyes hurt.
    Is that possible?

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    That's really ridiculous! You can take macro shots with your objects 20 feet away. Congrats on your new weapon, mate!

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    Wow ! What an incredible performer

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    Lance congrats on your super Lens the images are great thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Estigoy View Post
    That's really ridiculous! You can take macro shots with your objects 20 feet away. Congrats on your new weapon, mate!
    Thank you very much for your kind comments, Dennis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unique Faces View Post
    Wow ! What an incredible performer
    Thank you very much for your lovely comments, Unique Faces!

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    Quote Originally Posted by helmutk View Post
    Lance congrats on your super Lens the images are great thanks for sharing
    Thank you very much for taking the time to look and for your lovely comments, Helmut!

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    Really impressive! Superb photos of beautiful birds. Thanks Lance!

    Cheers, Don

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    So sharp it's cut those birds in half. Have fun with your new toy.

    Regards
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    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by auz80 View Post
    Really impressive! Superb photos of beautiful birds. Thanks Lance!

    Cheers, Don
    Thank you very much for your kind comments, Don!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen1 View Post
    So sharp it's cut those birds in half. Have fun with your new toy.

    Regards
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    Thank you vedry much fr your kind comments, Glen!

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    All I can say is WOW..all shots are so sharp and detailed ...just brilliant.
    D610 and D90 with a 16-35mm f/4,a 70-200mm f/4 ,a 300mm f/4 +TC11 convertor, 18-200mmDX and 85mm micro Dx.

    Sally...CC always appreciated

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    Can see why you love this lens sooo much. Great pics,.. and looking forward to seeing many more in the future Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salnel View Post
    All I can say is WOW..all shots are so sharp and detailed ...just brilliant.
    Thank you very much for your lovely comments, Sally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by feathers View Post
    Can see why you love this lens sooo much. Great pics,.. and looking forward to seeing many more in the future Cheers.
    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments, Feathers!

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    Definitely looks great, but I don't know if it's just me or does the head crop of the brown duck have some slight green colour fringing (or whatever it's called)?
    Mostly noticeable between the eye and beak.

    It doesn't occur on all images, just that one, and the tiny bird (absolutely extremely very little).

    Anyways, just on a side note, do you think your D810 might suffer from a very very little bit of front focus?
    I'm only making the observation because I'm presuming you focused on the eye for your images.
    David Tran

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    Great shots, so clear and sharp

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    [QUOTE=Lance B;1282958]Thank you very much for your wonderful comments, Cupic!

    Does that mean you will take me on as your apprentice

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    Seriously awesome shots!!

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