AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
The ultimate medium to super-telephoto zoom lens.
If you're looking for a compact, versatile telephoto zoom lens that handles portraiture as well as it handles long-distance wildlife and action photography, look no further than the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. With the broadest focal length range in our super-telephoto zoom lineup, it reduces the number of lenses you need to carry into the field and expands your handheld shooting capabilities, thanks to Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. Create spectacular photos and HD videos in any light, from any distance.
Sharp, beautiful images in any light
Nikon's VR image stabilization with Tripod Auto Detect
At super-telephoto focal lengths, even the slightest camera movement can cause image blur. Fortunately, the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR features Nikon's second-generation Vibration Reduction technology to ensure every handheld photo and HD video is razor-sharp. It also lets you shoot at shutter speeds 4-times slower than otherwise possible, a major advantage in low-light situations where a slower shutter speed means brighter, richer images. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR even detects when you're using a tripod and automatically delivers specialized VR correction.
Any subject. Any distance.
Remarkable versatility and performance
Travel light. Shoot with confidence. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR covers the broadest focal length range of any NIKKOR super-telephoto zoom lens. At 80mm, its an ideal medium-telephoto portrait lens. Create stunning portraits with a medium telephoto perspective and softly blurred backgrounds. At 400mm, it's a powerful super-telephoto lens suited to wildlife and action photography, with or without a tripod. For dazzling close-ups with macro detail, get as close as 5.7 ft. from your subject and zoom in to 400mm you'll be amazed by the results!
A lifetime of brilliant performances
Nikon innovations for consistently stunning images
Nikon's innovations in optical design and lens technology have given way to a remarkable new class of NIKKOR lenses. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is among them. From its Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing to its Extra-low DIspersion (ED) glass elements for maximum contrast and minimum lens flare and ghosting, you can expect a lifetime of consistent brilliant performances. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is equally at home on DX- or FX-format Nikon cameras
I have put off buying this lens, because I did not see any compelling online photos which convinced me of the quality of the image. I am planning a trip soon where I would like to have a single "does it all" zoom to simplify packing equipment for my carry on. To shoot up to 400mm, I have been using the Nikon 70-200 ED VR-II with the Nikon TC-20E III 2x teleconverter, which has given me some great shots. I was looking to reduce having to carry 3 pieces (camera + TC + Lens). I have also been concerned from time to time about having to connect a lens to a converter to the camera, although I like using the converter as a way of keeping dust out of the inside of the camera body. That's a whole different discussion. Back to this review. After researching as many opinions as I could, I decided to take the chance, since I could pay a re-stocking fee and return it if I really didn't like it. The only negative experience I had, was when the lens first arrived, the rear lens cap seemed to be glued or totally stuck by vacuum to the back of the lens. I used a rag, and with a little persistent effort, the cap came off. I can't say what was holding it so firmly, but would suggest that the folks at Nikon take a look at that as I have seen one or two other complaints online citing the same issue. Overall, the lens is about the same length as the 70-200, and weighs a few ounces more. The diameter of the lens is large, but it is easy to handle and hold. The zoom is barrel rotation, and tight. Auto-focus allowed me to shoot handheld in certain conditions and subjects at 400mm at f/5.6 all the way down to 1/40s, albeit results were mixed. I had no difficulty handheld at 400mm f/5.6 at 1/160s. I did not require a tripod unless trying to shoot the moon surface at night. So to the real point of taking the time to say a few words. You can find all kinds of reviews online. I don't need to re-iterate any of those, except to speak to two of the negative comments I kept reading, which kept me from buying. One - Yes, the lens has more plastic than some of the other lenses. I have to say, this was not noticeable to me, and contributes to keeping this lens light weight for this kind of capability. Two - there seemed to be a LOT of negativity about the tri-pod mounting ring. The only thing I found difficult with it is that I tend to use the mount to hold onto the lens, and this one is a little shallow for me to fit my fingers between the mount and the body of the lens. If you don't like it, it is trivial to remove. I decided to post some of my experimental shots which I captured the day after the lens arrived. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.In all cases, these images were captured on a Nikon D800 and were minimally adjusted in Camera Raw for lighting and contrast, and then processed using Photoshop, where the only change to the photo was mild sharpening using the high pass filter at about 1.3 px setting. I thought about posting the unsharpened images, but I think it is more compelling to demonstrate what a final, finished product can look like when captured by this lens. I am very pleased with the lens, and plan to use it as a primary lens for travel and scenic shots.
Bought this lens for shooting some motorsports. Found lens to work well shooting motorcycle hill climbs one day and motorcycle road racing another, Super crisp pictures @ f/8 at 250-400mm. Auto focus worked well. Appears slow but with D750 on af/c, followed 100mph motorcycle through a road course. Everything was shot mid-day. 98% of my shots were in focus.
the lens is sharp, VR makes hand held shots OK at the longer focal lengths. solid construction, good lens collar.
Very fast autofocus, the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR delivers outstanding results every time, and brings an exciting new frontier to portrait photography. Very well built, and can easily be hand held for portrait work. Combined with an AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III, I have an excellent 160-800mm VR lens. Be prepared to manual focus when using the TC-20E III.
This is an incredible lens but then it should be for the price. I did actual studio tests comparing this lens with the Nikon 200- 400 and the 70-200 with 2X teleconverter. At 400mm it is an incredibly close second to the 200-400mm. There are a lot detailed reviews about all the pro and cons so I'm not going there. Great build quality and very nice zoom. I would like to have a larger mounting foot so I ordered the RRS lens collar and foot and that should make it a keeper.
Easy to use and zoom will take 1.4 TC at f/8 fast capture on focusing. Great to use on a moving boat
Sharp, not too heavy to hand, fast
I use this lens mainly shooting wildlife. The pictures are tack sharp, very clear and have great detail. It is heavy but that what it takes for a great lens.
I do a lot of wildlife work and have the old 80 to 400 nikor lens.It's a good sharp lens but the focus is slow and the VR just doesn't work that well. But thats not true of the new 80 to 400. It is also very sharp, the focus is almost instant and the VR is just great. Yesterday I took two pictures of a small bird in flight. Hand held at400mm and they are both very sharp. Good choice for me even at the higher price. Lee
I purchased this lens and could not remove the rear lens cap. Even after using many utilities that open stuck jars to a huge plummer wrenched that removes the toughest bolts. Nikon customer care is indifferent to customer problems and thankfully i could return the lens. The main concern I have is where has the Nikon quality control?