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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.7

(based on 245 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (187)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (151)
  • Consistent output (95)
  • Strong construction (88)
  • Durable (72)
  • Easily interchangeable (72)

Cons

  • Heavy (59)
  • Poor in low light (21)
  • Price (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (153)
  • Sports/action (97)
  • Landscape/scenery (79)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Macro photography (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (97), Semi-pro photographer (59), Pro photographer (20), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (207), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent lens, welcome update!

I'm very happy with this new iteration of the Nikkor 80-400mm. About time, Nikon, but well done! I had the original (non AF-S) 6 years ago--used it once and...Read complete review

I'm very happy with this new iteration of the Nikkor 80-400mm. About time, Nikon, but well done! I had the original (non AF-S) 6 years ago--used it once and sold it. The addition of AF-S has turned this into a great carry lens for me for birding. Not too big or heavy and with good reach. My Nikkor 500mm f/4 is a bit heavy to carry around for hours and really needs a solid tripod. And my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x teleconverter is not as sharp as this lens, IMO, not surprisingly. I still won't sell the 70-200mm though as it's excellent for near-distant subjects.Image quality with this lens is excellent on my D7100 (DX), edge-to-edge and even at 400mm and f/5.6. I did fine-tune the lens focus with my body, as I do with all my telephotos--this can make a noticeable improvement.Focus is fast and accurate enough and the zoom is smooth. VR seems to work as advertised. Some CA is present but easy enough to minimize in Photoshop. I did replace the tripod collar with a Kirk Lens Collar, which supports the lens in 2 places and feels much more solid. If I had to find something to complain about it would be the price--Canon's new 100-400 is ~$ less at this time. Yes this lens isn't cheap, but it's a quality Nikkor and fits my needs very well. I've taken some bird photos that I love with it so far, and look forward to many more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tender lens and dust hog...

When I first purchased this lens, I was thrilled. The autofocus was fast, and the focus was nice and sharp. The VR worked well when photographing from a moving boat. After only...Read complete review

When I first purchased this lens, I was thrilled. The autofocus was fast, and the focus was nice and sharp. The VR worked well when photographing from a moving boat. After only a few months the focus had degraded and I sent it to Nikon for repair. They claimed that it had been dropped, but it hadn't. The lens did get bounced around a bit -- I shoot racing sailboats from a moving boat, but it was not handled any differently than my 70-200 f2.8 VR. It's also important to note that the lens telescopes when you zoom -- and it sucks a lot of dust. Now, a year after my initial purchase, it's back to the repair shop once again for soft focus and dust inside the elements. Completely unacceptable for a lens of this price.If you treat it very gently, and don't use it in dusty places, this lens will serve you well. But otherwise, expect problems.

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5.0

Fantastic lens

By Captain PDP

from New York City

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I have used this lens with my Nikon D5. I did a wild life photoshoot. Outstanding zoom and focus. All photos are sharp. I am extremely satisfied with this lens.

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5.0

This is one amazing lens from Nikon!

By NCkates

from Warminster, Pa

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Had the older AF lens and traded it at B&H for the Nikon 200-5000 mm F5.6 and was very happy. After a while I had times when I wished it was weather sealed or at least not fearful of using wet hands on it. It is bulky and heave but takes outstanding images even shooting wide open. I decided that the newer AFS Nikkor 80-400 was worth a look. I find it ultra sharp even wide open, Also it is not all plastic like the Nikkor 200-500 mm. and is lighter. So I bought it. Completely pleased with it giving fantastic results on either my D7100 or D4. It is well balanced and the focus is extremely fast.The VR is fantastic. If you're looking for a zoom that will produce great images, is easy to carry and is usable in difficult weather then this is the lens for YOU!

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5.0

Very happy

By Dave-K

from Pinehurst, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I use this lens as my walk around lens. It is a bit heavy but nothing I cannot manage. I use it with a Nikon D300 and a Black Rapid strap configured so I can easily mount the lens/camera assembly onto the tripod I also carry. The lens/camera combination works well with the 1.7 teleconverter but will only manual focus with the TC 20.

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4.0

This lens works for me

By Nothern Flicker

from Ellington,Ct

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This lens has worked just fine for me.I use it for birding and wildlife on a Nikon D5500 camera. Using as a handheld or on a tripod as resulted in very satisfactory performance. The performance of the Lens camera combination we'll work just fine for non-professional photographers.

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5.0

well made piece of glass

By F. Barreras

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I have used it a couple of times using my D500 .focus was great and it was way much lighter than my 200-400 f4 and 300 f 2.8 ,can't wait to used it for fleet week this coming October here in San Francisco

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5.0

This lens makes me happy!

By dossy

from Cooper City, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I purchased this lens to use with my d750 for wildlife and could not be happier. It hits that sweet spot for me between sharpness, flexibility of zoom, and weight. I know the tripod collar is fairly useless, and I will be replacing that in the future. However, while it is not the lightest lens, it is totally manageable to hand hold.

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5.0

Best lens I own

By Eric T

from Port Washington

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I love this lens. I have taken some of my best bird pictures with this lens. I can't say enought about it. Worth every penny.

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4.0

Sharp and stable

By CCDTOM

from Grants Pass, Oregon

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Need better tripod collar design.

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I have owned older versions of this lens and this latest model is just incredibly improved in all areas. I decided to buy this for my new D500 and greatly impressed with sharpness of images at all focal lengths, and the VR is value added. Would have been 5 stars except for the traditional poor Nikon design for the collar.

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5.0

Awesome Glass !!

By Coastal Photo Guy

from Huntington NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I bought this lens for it's reach and clarity. Yeah, it's a bit heavy, but that also helps in keeping the image stabilized. I've only had this a week, and look forward to more time behind the glass ......
The only bummer is the tripod collar, I am currently waiting for my Kirk Collar to arrive, so four stars is all I can do for now.

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5.0

Awesome

By Sally

from South Florida

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This lens the best one I own. Unbeliable clarity. Absolutely a must for those who love to capture nature up close

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By Justin

from California

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I use this lens with my D810 and love it. I bought it to replace my older 80-400 and am glad I did it.

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(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Answer to My Prayers

By Charlie Up North

from Bloomfield MI

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bird Action
    • Moving Targets
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

    I just moved up north and am photographing smaller birds that I am accustomed to shooting. Not only are they smaller, they also are faster when coming in to feed. After several weeks using various lenses, TC combinations, etc. I finally received the Nikon answer to my prayers. This lens does it all for me, and it does it beautifully.

    It is fast, it can be used in fairly low light (I've been shooting in the rain), it has great reach and the output is consistently excellent.

    It may appear to be pricey, but it provides value.

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    5.0

    Great lens for walk around photography.

    By Jim-B-1979

    from Tennessee

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Very Sharp
    • Vr Is Awesome

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      If you love to shoot wildlife and want a very sharp, broad range, walk around lens...get this one! Paired with a D810, I'm getting some amazingly sharp images. The VR is great for shooting hand held in low light and the auto focus is very fast. Very pleased thus far.

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      5.0

      very sharp and expensive

      By E39Nutz

      from Chicago

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      Had this lens for a while, took a few shots on the full moon the other day using the D7100. the resolution was incredible.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my new lens

      By photo diva

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        I shoot both stills and video with this lens on my D810. The clarity of the images, even hand-held, are superb. It is not a light lens, but not bad for 400mm.

        I did buy the kirk lens collar so that I get 2 points of support for the lens. Wish that had been included.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Quality Lens

        By Photog Enthusiast

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Tripod Collar Foot

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        Purchased for wildlife photography. Lens components are excellent quality and the VR makes hand-holding this somewhat heavy lens possible with great results. It would have made easier if Nikon would have lengthened the tripod collar footing from 1.75 inches to 3 inches to make it easier to hold for shooting and to comfortably carry around.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This lens produce pro quality images

        By Randy

        from Charlotte

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        at 5.6 as good as many lenses costing thousands more. Very light and holdable and perfect for birds in flight.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sharp

        By Dels

        from St Cloud, Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        I use this lens for Nature photography. Which it goes from birding to sunsets. Sharp, crisp pictures, fast focus. It is a little heavy but tolerable. I am happy with it and I bought it from B&H photo-video a little more than a year ago.

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        • No

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        (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Definitely would buy this lens again!!

        By Mike Bursavich

        from Simpsonville, SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          Got my lens about 2 months ago. Can't say enough good things about it. I use it mostly for wildlife and birds, but have captured some awesome tiny critter images too. (Bugs, bumble bees, butterflies, etc... Although I love my Nikon 2.8 / 70-200mm lens, it just did not have the reach for all my applications so added the 80-400 to my collection. A lot of money but for me it was well worth he investment.

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          • No

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          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding Lens

          By Dean

          from Shelton, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            I bought this lens in March 2013. I have taken many images with it and have been very pleased with its sharpness, focus speed and especially its durability. The images taken with this lens can be cropped in very closely and it always retains its maximum sharpness. As far as durability, I dropped the lens on my concrete driveway. I was just sick at the thought of breaking such a great piece of equipment. The filter and the hood were broke. I replaced both and the lens continues to perform as it was brand new. WOW!

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            • No

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