Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Great lens, but check to see if your camera requires AF-S for auto focus.
7 September 2014
Summary: Why purchased: I purchased this to go on safari in Africa. Because this is a model with older technology, price was certainly a deciding factor. What I wish I'd known: This lens is great and certainly zoomed in quite far. However, because I've got a newer D body Nikon (D3200), auto focus does not work (as documented by Nikon).
Summary: This lens has received some less than favorable reviews on the web since it came out. I believe one of the overall complaints was the slow AF. Well all I can say is I think a lot of people just write reviews and think every lens with any kind of anti-vibration technology can be hand-held and deliver tack sharp photos. Put this lens on a tripod and it will deliver tack sharp photos for you.
Summary: This lens has no internal auto focus motor....so make sure your camera body has one inside. I missed this when ordering. Thankfully, KEH's customer service (Dan) was outstanding in helping me sort through my return. They processed the return quickly and without hassle. My experience with KEH & Dan was so good that I bought another lens from them without looking anywhere else. Absolutely recommend this seller!
Summary: This is a fine lens, certainly capable of reaching out and touching subjects at long distances, but it needs to be paired with a camera that has the built-in autofocus. Nikon probably left that motor off this lens because of its already hefty weight. While one can focus it manually, the lens is so sensitive, doing so takes precious time -- enough to allow wildlife to move or disappear. You can still get a money shot of a bird or squirrel, but you'll have to work hard.
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.