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

(based on 210 reviews)

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    (157)

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    (45)

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    (6)

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    (2)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (133)
  • Consistent output (80)
  • Strong construction (78)
  • Durable (63)
  • Easily interchangeable (63)

Cons

  • Heavy (54)
  • Poor in low light (19)
  • Price (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)
  • Weight (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (132)
  • Sports/action (82)
  • Landscape/scenery (65)
  • Macro photography (10)
  • Weddings (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (88), Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (185), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This lens is much better than oldversio

Well, I have had the new Nikon 80-400mm for a week now and I am impressed, to say the least! Here's some of my experiences so far. The image posted here is...Read complete review

Well, I have had the new Nikon 80-400mm for a week now and I am impressed, to say the least! Here's some of my experiences so far. The image posted here is of nestling Stellar's Jays, handheld, sitting in a chair, TC1.4, ISO 3200, 1/60sec at f8, VR set to "NORMAL" with the D800. The nest was under the eves of a porch and was dark but did have some reflected light coming in from the windows in front of it, you can see a shadow above and behind the birds. I did nothing to this image, just converted the raw in ACR with no raw presharpening and sized to fit BPN constraints. I don't know how the image stacks up to the products of higher end lenses but I do know that I would not have been able to produce it with ANY OF MY PAST EQUIPMENT!

I have used it exclusively with the TC1.4.

I can tell that it is a little heavier that the old version but not significantly for walking around with handheld (a shoulder strap is recommended though).

Although I haven't really got to use it for much BIF, I can say the the AF with the tc is way faster than the old version (which wouldn't accept a tc) and at least as fast as the Nikon 300f4+tc1.4.

I shot some really low light (in the Sierra deep forest shadows) and had no problem AF'ing. It is really nice to be able to MF while in AF mode to rough in the focus then let the AF take over.

THE VR ROCKS! Compared to the old version, this VR is amazing to me, even with the 1.4 attached. My old version's VR didn't even exist compared to this new version!!! I was able to get sharp images down to 1/60sec handheld, providing the subject didn't flinch!

I shot some small butterflies at close focus and the combo worked well but the lens does "breath" at the close focus, I have read that it losses focal length at CF and it does, but it was still nice to be able to focus on subjects under 5 feet away!

My D800 calculates the focal length with the tc1.4 as 550mm? Should be 560mm, according to my math skills? Oh Well!

I can't wait to get out and do some BIF with and without the tc.

I LOVE THIS LENS (so far)!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

I have been waiting for this lens for a long time. I own the previous version, a practical lens but with many limitations. The lens is ergonomically good, although I expected the zoom...Read complete review

I have been waiting for this lens for a long time. I own the previous version, a practical lens but with many limitations. The lens is ergonomically good, although I expected the zoom to be internal rather than external like its predecessor. The focusing is very fast although a bit clunky ̶ it is noisy and it tends to search, although not as bad as its predecessor. My biggest disappointment was the resolution. For a lens of this price, I expected a crisp, sharp picture. I compared some of the shots with others taken with my 300mm F4.0 with the 1.4 teleconverter (a 420mm equivalent) and the latter left the 80-400 in the dust. Maybe I got a bad sample, but I sent the lens back.

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5.0

Harika bir lens

By Metin Cenkciler

from Türkiiye

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I fell in love with this lens!

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Hand Holdable 400mm !!!!

    By SportsPJ

    from Iowa

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

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

      A Sports Shooters go to lens for daytime sports like Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Cross-country, Track, Golf, Tennis, and Football.Fast focus captures the action.

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      5.0

      Fantastic Lens

      By Gabe

      from Michigan

      About Me Photography Student

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Amazing lens that is incerdibly sharp throughout the range. Its auto focus is incerdibly fast, and quite despite it misfiring a little often. Its heavier than I would have liked but thats not a huge issue and its something I can work around. I use this lens for sports and nature photography and its perfect for that. Its VR helps alot and could theorectically be used handheld even in low light.

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      5.0

      Excellent for Safari

      By brb

      from AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Flexible.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good Lens

            By KH47

            from Ravensdale, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • The Tripod Ring Is Cheap

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I bought this to replace my Nikon 200-400mm that I've had for years. I will use this lens mostly hand held for birds in flight, airplane photos and wildlife like whales from a boat.
            It is much lighter and easier to hand hold then the 200-400, but I do lose a stop or two.
            So far the lens it very sharp and quick to focus. My only complaint is the tripod ring which seems very flimsy and will wobble when mounted on a tripod. I may upgrade the ring to a Really Right Stuff after market ring which I assume will be more sturdy with less wobble. RRS makes high quality precision equipment, but they are not cheap.
            All in all I do recommend this lens, especially for hand held action.

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            5.0

            "I would buy this product again and agai

            By Metin Cenkciler

            from turkey

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction
            • Things That Are Great Abo

            Cons

            • Difficult to Clean

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            ı lıke thıs lens..

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great for wildlife

            By Louie

            from North Carolina

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • 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:

            Nature photography

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            4.0

            Good, but has limitations

            By Abe

            from Flushing

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction
            • Super Ed Glass

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Airshow And Railfanning
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Let me get to the points:1. A very wide range zoom (5X) with reasonable aperture at the far end.2. Optical performance: This is the 2nd Nikon lens feature a Super ED element (the only other product using it is the 200mm F2G) which result in good control in diffraction. Add to it the nano coating makes images reasonable sharp.3. The overall barrel is oversized, this maybe difficult for those who had smaller hands. The zoom range is well damped. The filter size stays at 77mm.4. In lower contrast situations, the AF tends to hunt. Under bright sun or well defined lighting conditions, AF is fast.5. Though relatively expensive, this lens replace either one or two lenses in your arsenal depending whether you have the originl 80-400 (which is not AFS), or it replaces your 80-200 or 70-200, and the 200-400 in one lens. If this is your consideration, you save big bucks by taking just one lens, let alone the weight and space saving you get from it. Especially if you shoot consistently into the 300-400mm range, the one stop difference could be compensated by either setting higher ISO, or take advantage of the VR improved function. If the F 4.0 aperture on the 200-400mm is deemed inadequate, your only option is to go big with the 400mm F2.8G.6. The VR function is quite good,7. Because of its smaller aperture, the darker viewfinder image is to be expected, especially if you are used to the F2.8 or larger aperture lens.8. Sharpness throughout the zoom range is more than adequate for the job.9. For some strange reason, as an expensive lens as this is, the tripod collar is just so so. You may opt for some aftermarket companies that produces either lower profile foot or flip open collar clamp for a more secure fit, but then you have to pay for that, but worth some consideration especially if you have to pack your camera and lens combo tight.10. The Nano coating is a major reason why I get this (also the Super ED element). It works so well that I have no ghost or flare by shooting into the sun.11. The bokeh is quite nice.

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            4.0

            Great!

            By df

            from Maine

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • 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:

            Used mostly for wildlife and outdoor photography. Excellent and clear , new for me am still getting used to it . Notice needs a lot of light. Also, best with tripod or monopod as I'm not steady on handheld.

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            5.0

            Increased Options for All Around Use

            By Wyoming Wilderness Girl

            from Northern Wyoming

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            The AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm lens offers more options for the photographer who wants to minimize their lenses on extended adventures. I used a 2X teleconverter to increase those options with great results in photographing birds and wildlife at great distances. Definitely need a tripod/monopod when taking long distance pictures. Photos are high resolution and great quality.

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            5.0

            Perfect Lens for the job

            By EvenPar8462

            from Houston, Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            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:

              This is a perfect lens for wildlife, sports, travel, landscapes, everything. I am so happy with this purchase. Go buy this lens NOW!!!!!

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              5.0

              Exceptional Lens

              By Tom

              from Columbia MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • 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:

              Upgraded from the 80-00mm f/4.5-5.6D VR lens. No comparison. Much faster. Big improvement over the previous version of this lens. but much more costly. With the improved VR I can now hand hold this lens if needed. Clarity of the lens is much improved. Sharp.

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              5.0

              If there is enough light, it rocks!

              By Glenn

              from Pismo Beach, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Extremely user friendly. Outstanding photos with monopod.

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                5.0

                As Expected

                By ISequoia

                from SF Bay Area

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                It performs as expected in my preliminary testing and shooting. It doesn't have the feel of my (very heavy) pro lenses but for getting through airports to and from Africa as carry on it'll do the trick. I'll update this review when I get back from Botswana next month if I find out anything that hasn't already been covered in other reviews.

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                5.0

                Great for Sports Action Photography

                By The Boston Photographer (Melbourne FL)

                from Melbourne, Florida

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I have used this lens for all sports action coverage: Football, baseball, basketball. golf and volley ball. I disagree with the negative tracking comments. I have had nothing but success in tracking fast action sports. I also love the solid feel and the con comment: of heavy weight. It feels solid and any experienced photographer can handle the weight. Now that I think about it, this is the best I've felt about any lens I've used. I've never had a submitted photograph rejected for news publication. Try it, you'll love it! Thanks, Richard.

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                  5.0

                  Sharp

                  By Camera Addict

                  from Highlands Ranch Co

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  First day out I got great shots using both manual and auto focus.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  This is the lense Ihave been lookig for.

                  By boz

                  from woburn

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • 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 use this lense for sports,landscapes,wlidlife and of course family.The results speak for itself.

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                  5.0

                  wow for bird photographs

                  By justrt

                  from Seattle WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  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:

                  walk around the pond to capture images of flying birds.

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                  5.0

                  Good for Critter Portraits

                  By ABS

                  from Fallbrook, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Great lens for the zoo. Very nice bokeh. VR is very effective, but keep in mind only short exposure times will stop motion. Easy to get sharp backgrounds and fuzzy critters as the VR tends to make you think you can get away with longer exposure times. Using it on a D3 with a monopod. The combination is a bit heavy by the end of the day. Autofocus has worked well for me.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By PJ

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Wildlife, landscape.
                  Heavy lens but worth lugging around. The VR is surprisingly good and AF spot on. I pair this with my D610 with good results.. Still getting used to working with it but very happy so far.

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