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

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Durable (4)
  • Nice bokeh (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (8)
  • Sports/action (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

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(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb, smaller and lighter than expected

By Michael

from Northern New England

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This lens is perfect in every respect. Tripod collar is silky, autofocus immediate, sharpness jawdropping. I would like to complement B&H for its remarkable service in this purchase. Despite B&H's careful boxing, UPS severely damaged the Nikon case in which my first lens shipped, and although the lens itself showed no damage and seemed to work fine, B&H exchanged the potentially damaged lens with no question. The customer service rep understood my concern that if there were problems with the lens down the line, Nikon would not repair under warranty if it determined impact damage to be the culprit. Its brand new replacement arrived exactly one week later, which I thought was remarkably quick. There was no argument, no discussion, just an instantly issued RMA. I can't recommend B&H highly enough.

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    (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Lens ever

    By Michael

    from Queens, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I used the Nikon 800mm for Wildlife and sports photography. I have to say it is tack sharp around all corners. I got really great shots using it for the first time on Bald Eagles. Perfect match with my Nikon D4S.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this lens

      By Michael

      from Queens, NY

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

      This 800mm is tack sharp and fast. It's a lot lighter then my Sigma 300-800mm which makes it easier to carry around. Glad I have another great line from Nikon!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My new line up lens

      By Michael

      from Queens, ny

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

      Nikon 800mm takes great photos and is tack sharp! Glad I purchase and I recommend anyone who is into sports and wildlife photography , this is my favorite lens in the Nikon line so far. I also have a Sigma 300-800mm and probably so far I love the Nikon better, and the 800mm is much lighter and easy to carry.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It lives up to the hype.

      By bill_de@

      from Dover, DE

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I have been wanting to upgrade my old AF-s 500 for some time. It was a tossup between the 600 and 800. Most of what I read and what I saw on uTube didn't really answer the question. But the one thing that stuck in my mind was the raves about the sharpness of the 800mm. Another thing that was mentioned a lot was the speed with which it focused when paired with a D4s.

      As my title says, it lives up to both claims. I mostly shoot birds and I have never come home with so many keepers. For most shots, post processing consists of a little cropping and maybe some tonal adjustment depending on the light.

      The lens is obviously heavy. That's just a fact, not a criticism. I do wish that Nikon would incorporate an Arca-Swiss groove into the lens foot, and come up with a more practical 'lens cap'.

      It's a lot of money, but I think it was well spent.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Will surpass other Nikkors

      By RaGa

      from Orlando Florida

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This is not the situation where this lens measure up to other Nikkors....This lens will surpass almost all other Nikkors. The big competition to this lens, are those in it's same league...the 600F4, the 500F4,the 400F2.8 and the 300F2.8. I own the old 300F2.8 and 400F3.5 from the 1980s, also the 50-300F4.5. Regular Nikkors can't measure to this league on their own....

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        (53 of 56 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

        Verified Reviewer

        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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        (9 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beasty the 800mm Nikkor - Continued

        By Mo

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        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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          (27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharpest lens in the world, so far...

          By T L R

          from Sri Lanka.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          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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          • No

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          (27 of 28 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

          Verified Buyer

          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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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          love it a lot!

          By Butch Wildfang

          from Pullman WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          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 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nikkor 800mm lens !!

              By Annie

              from Aspen, Co

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              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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                (30 of 31 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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                (33 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One of the Sharpest Lenses ever!

                By Moose Peterson

                from Mammoth Lakes, CA

                Verified Reviewer

                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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                (23 of 67 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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