Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Review
20 May 2010
Excerpt: This super telephoto zoom from Nikon costs around £1168 and has a Vibration Reduction system that should allow hand-held shots to be taken at shutter speeds thee stops lower than without. The lens is an older design, and such doesn't have a motor built-in. This means owners of Nikon's entry-level DSLRs, such as the Nikon D40, D60, D3000 and D5000 will only be able to focus this lens manually.
Pros: Good build quality, Vibration reduction, Not too heavy
Cons: Optical performance not as good I I would expect from a lens of this calibre, Slow autofocus, Fiddly manual/autoocus control, Chromatic aberration at 400mm
Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR D - Review / Lab Test Report
6 June 2008
Conclusion: The Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR is a decent performer but it also comes with a few glitches. Optically the lens shows a very good but not exceptional resolution characteristic except at 400mm at wide-open aperture where the borders could be a little better. Vignetting is basically non-existing on an APS-C DSLR and the level of distortions is quite low.