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

(based on 214 reviews)

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    (45)

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    (7)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (135)
  • Consistent output (81)
  • Strong construction (81)
  • Durable (64)
  • Easily interchangeable (64)

Cons

  • Heavy (55)
  • Poor in low light (20)
  • Price (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)
  • Weight (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (135)
  • Sports/action (85)
  • Landscape/scenery (67)
  • Macro photography (10)
  • Weddings (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (88), Semi-pro photographer (54), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (188), Yes (12)

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

Amazing Image Quality

By Rich

from Mission Viejo, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • 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:

    My wife and I share this Nikkor lens for long zoom shots. The image quality is amazing! It is a bit heavy, but I expected that from a long zoom lens. I was pleasantly surprised with the pictures my wife shot using this lens "hand held" capturing action shots. Amazing.

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    5.0

    outstanding

    By john

    from philadelphia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        very sharp/clear images. fast autofocus

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        3.0

        Better Lens Than Original

        By SaxMan

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • 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:

        I use this lens to shoot wildlife, primarily birds, attached to a Nikon D7100 Body. I had been using the original 80 x 400 lens for many years before buying this new model. This lens does focus faster but frankly, my end image results are not noticably better than the results I achieved with my old lens. And the truth is, I haven't figured out if this end result is primarily related to the camera body, the new lens, or me, the photographer. It could be I'm just not very good.

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        5.0

        Very Sharp with Nice VR

        By Anon

        from Eastern Washington State

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        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:

        This lens is amazingly sharp. It focuses very well in low light. If you photograph very fine print (say at 40 feet) and then magnify the image to the maximum (on a D810 Nikon), the characters remains sharp with a clear view of the paper fibers.This lens is not light. You have a real hunk of glass in your hands but it can be easily moved about or held still.With slow shutter the VR yields motion-free images at speeds that would normally result in blur.I've only owned this lens for several weeks but is definitely a go-to lens for many applications.

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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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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