Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Best Value for a Quality, Portable, Telephoto Zoom Lens
15 October 2014
Excerpt: This first generation Nikon 80-400mm auto focus zoom lens was Nikon's first vibration reduction (VR) lens. I have owned it for over ten years and it continues to amaze me in terms of optical quality, resolution, and portability. Below is a photo of a Giant Panda taken with a Nikon D700 camera body, a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/5.6, an ISO of 200, a focal length of 270mm, an exposure mode of Program, a light meter mode of Matrix, and a white...
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.
Excerpt: **This is a USA Lens not Gray Market**Pictures are louder than words in a description as to what a lens can do. So, please visit my gallery.http: //500px.com/arussbergBTW, I just ordered my New Nikon D7100 and will be posting many more pics with this lens in about week.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction