Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Good lens, no internal autofocus motor
Acoustic Player, Amazon
2 March 2014
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: 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.
Excerpt: I'm looking for a longish lens to use with my D800 on an African safari. My selection criteria definitely includes weight, not just pure optical quality, and the more expensive, heavier, exotics are all out because of the weight problem. In the price and weight range I'm looking at, there's this, the 300 f/4, and a couple of Sigmas. I found good buys on used copies of both this and the 300 f/4, and took each out on some local adventures to try them out.
Summary: shooting kids action sports requires a lens that is capable of a wide range of zoom lengths with good optics. The Nikkor 80-400mm looked like the perfect lens. Granted the f/stop range was rather limited and it does not lend itself to low light photography but with most of the sports I shoot being during the day I accepted that limitation. When the lens arrived I was excited to try it out. Almost from the very moment I pressed the shutter I was disappointed.
Summary: This lens drives me crazy. One of the best Nikkors ever made, optically speaking, but one of the worst when it comes to its mechanical construction. This lens is so weak that it's hard to see a week expire without seeing one on eBay that's broken at the mounting flange. That's because all of its weigth is supported by just four thin "ears" on the internal tube, where the mounting screws are fastened.
Excerpt: I purchased the 80-400 as a replacement to my 70-300 as a general bushwalking lens.<br />The zoom range is great on the D700 and I use most of it.<br />The build quality is nice, the lens feels solid and the various moving parts move smoothly.<br /><br />What is bad is the noise. Compared to an inbuilt focusing motor lens, the noise is extremely loud, compared even to a cheap non-internal focusing motor lens, it is bad.
Excerpt: I bought this lens to use in PNG on an expedition where I will mostly be shooting from a boat. Overall, I like the lens and its versatility, but it is difficult to focus accurately beyond 300mm.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Large range, Lightweight
Summary: The first one of these I recieved locked up and would not work. After some research and persisitence I returned it and it was quickly replaced with a new one. Excellent support and responce. I was very happy. The one I got and have kept works well--- except if you are zoomed all the way in to 400mm it will not auto focus. If you back out just a touch say 398mm it works fine. Why??? I don't know. I did not not want to go through returning it a second time .