Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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A great bargain (if you're not looking for action shots)
L. Barstow, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I've owned this lens for about 10 years now, and it's been a great ride. What this lens is not: don't go out and buy the 80-400 if you want a lens capable of tracking fast in/out motion that requires AF-S speed autofocus. This isn't a lens for pro sports photographers or wildlife/bird action photography. What this lens is: the 80-400 is a great, often hand-holdable telephoto zoom for serious photography that doesn't require fast focus.
Summary: Yes this lens focuses much slower then the next version, but with a great camera it can be great. I had used it originally with a Nikon D200, with 11 auto focus points, and it's auto focus was terrible on the lens. I then up graded to a Nikon D7000, with 39 AF points, and let's say it works better and faster. I even use it for sports!
Get this lens for sports photos - day or night action - they will be great!
30 October 2013
Summary: Bought this lens to take pictures of my son's senior year in high school football season and WOW! It has been used with my Nikon D7000. I have taken pictures of day games, night games, pictures of players, pictures of fans and pictures of cheerleaders - they are all amazing. Clear pictures even low-light action shots taken using extreme ISO levels like 3,200 and 4,000. I love this lens.
Summary: So far I am disappointed by the resulting images coming out of this lens. In some cases very soft images, not as Sharp as I thought they would be. I have much better results with my Sigma 150-500 mm. This may change when I get used to this lens, may be. I hope so anyway since I have invested quite a bit on this baby.
Summary: Nikon makes a "G" version of this now that costs about twice as much as this one. They also make a 200-400 that is muy sweet but costs $5,000. You can get this one for 7-800 and it works great. I don't use the 400 much but it's nice to have it when you need it and this lens is better than any of the Sigmas that I've tried. If you don't need the 400mm, use the 300mm f4. It;s a great long lens at a decent price.
Summary: I usually shoot high school sports but I was asked to shoot some college football. For daytime shots, this lens is amazing! Lots of fun to use with different zoom points and great reach for close-ups. A bit heavy, so use your monopod or tripod. Plus I didn't use VR in the lower light shots - the VR tended to focus on the far items versus the closer ones. I got the stability with the monopod and faster shooting with the VR off. But I'm still experimenting.
Summary: I take it with me whenever I am in a situation to photograph wildlife. I may also keep it with me for outdoor weddings that tend to get spread out so that I can get the longer telephoto reach.
Summary: I am just getting started with this lens and will update this review as I become more familiar with it. So far, lens is very sharp and seems to handle well, although it is large & heavy and is best when used on a very solid/stable tripod. I have used it successfully on a monopod WITH 'VR' activated, but a good solid tripod works best. I shoot a lot of very active sailing competition from a small, moving boat and I would NOT recommend this lens for that type of shooting.
Best Lens for Amature Photographing Wildlife in Their Natural Habitat
9 July 2013
Summary: Perfect lens for me while hiking/biking/kyaking the islands off shore in Maine to take wildlife pictures. Easy to pack and the picture quality is superb. I purchased a mono pod which I use to steady the lens when photographing in areas with lower light levels. I'd highly recommend this lens for anyone shooting distant objects who want high quality clearly focused images.