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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens
 
5.0

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  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)
  • Strong construction (4)

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    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (4)
    • Sports/action (3)
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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Grab it at once, don't think twice

    By SY Chan

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Birds in flight
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

    I purchased this 800mm lens together with Nikon D4s in June 2014 and have used the combo on several bird watching trips, mostly to bird hides on wetlands and one trip on a junk to a terns island. It proved worthy of its price and beyond.

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    5.0

    Beasty the 800mm Nikkor - Continued

    By Mo

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

      Did'nt have time to upload example image (copyright, etc). The was made from section 300 of the Aquatic Center, 10% cropped version of the original file.

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sharpest lens in the world, so far...

      By T L R

      from Sri Lanka.

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Bird photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

      It is the sharpest lens in the world, at the moment. Best to use with the Nikon D800E. Photographs taken with this lens, justify this.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Your wife will leave you, but who cares?

      By Verm

      from Flagstaff, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Making Peers Jealous
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

      For bird photography this is the bomb. Insanely sharp, focuses quick, the 1.25x teleconverter (included and mated for life with its partner 800mm - they even share the same serial number - I know old fashioned but true) works great. As long as you know the limitations of super-telephoto lenses this will be your Dreamboat Relationship. However if you haven't shot 500mm and longer lenses there is a steep learning curve. Every glitch in your technique will be magnified - your fault, not the lens's.

      The only complaint I can muster (other than you could buy a small country for the same price) is the the rugged hard-side case that comes with it forces you to remove the teleconverter to store the lens. It would be nice if it had a removable shim so you could store the lens either with or without the 1.25x on.

      Bottom line: biggest drawback to this lens is your SO will get jealous that you spend so much time with it.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      love it a lot!

      By Butch Wildfang

      from Pullman WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

          I use it for landscape and wildlife. Nikon case and overall quality is excellent. The soft lens cap is the worst I have ever seen in 50 years years of experience. It is hard to work with and does not seal well. I have replaced mine with a shower cap that is far superior in terms of cost, ease of use and effectiveness.

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          5.0

          Nikkor 800mm lens !!

          By Annie

          from Aspen, Co

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

            I just got the 800mm….I haven't used it on a "working" trip yet but I have played around with it a bit on some birds. It's extremely sharp, is very fast focusing, and it's lighter than my 600mm !!! What could be better?
            I can see it will be a great bird lens but my primary purpose is for all wildlife, and for that I'm sure it will excel.

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            (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Yes, it's that good!

            By Ryan

            from Oahu, Hawaii

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

            There is no reason to hesitate buying this lens. If you are wondering if the image quality measure up to Nikon's other lenses...it does. I have been using it with a D800 and I can't get over the detail that the camera/lens combination is able to resolve. The Vibration Reduction works as advertised. I have shot this hand held and was happy with the performance. The lens is light for its size. The focal length really does make it extremely sensitive to vibration, so VR is useful on the tripod as well. Using the proper shooting technique is also helpful. You must upgrade your camera's firmware specifically for the lens. or it will not perform properly. The image quality will suffer, as I found out the hard way. I did not notice any degradation in performance with the TC800-1.25 installed, except the increased f stop. I'd like to tell you more but I don't feel like I have even come close to seeing what this lens is capable of. I will be putting it to the test over the next few months. It really is the lens that long distance shooters have been waiting for. My primary use is for surfing and birds, and yes, I am handling it like it's a baby :)

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            (25 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One of the Sharpest Lenses ever!

            By Moose Peterson

            from Mammoth Lakes, CA

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                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

                  The 800mm, a long awaited update has to be one of Nikon's most spectacular lenses! The sharpness, speed of focus and quite smooth VR operation place it at the top of great lenses. The matched TC800-25e continues to deliver the blistering sharpness of the 800.

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                  5.0

                  Beasty the 800mm Nikkor

                  By Mo

                  from Austin, TX

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

                  Test shot with the lens on day one of the swimming competition during London Olympics and it was simply amazing.

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