Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Brian C. Copeland "Amazon Addict", Amazon
17 April 2013
Summary: I had been birding with a Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 VC zoom that I purchased Used - Like New on Amazon for $340 and wanted to step up to the next level without breaking the bank on an exotic telephoto lens. I purchased the Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 Used - Like New condition here on Amazon for about $900. The lens did arrive in Like New condition and I slapped in on my D600 and took it birding right away. I was immediately disappointed with its overall performance.
Summary: Well, the 80-400mm isn´t a lens for wildlife photos, because it isn´t sharp and the focus is too slow. I think that the Nikon should do a new one, further if the Nikon make a new one better than the oldest they will increase the number of new photograph with Nikon cameras. Why a think that? Here in Brazil, I heard many peolple say that went to Canon because of the 100-400mm.
Summary: I own many Nikkor Lenses and this is the only one with which I am disappointed. I have three major problems with the lens. First, the autofocus being outdated is very slow. Second, images exposed at 400mm and f/5.6 are extremely soft. I recently used the lens on my D90 to take many pictures of Big Horn Sheep and I could not believe how soft the images were. Third, the cost of the lens is much too high for the image quality produced.