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.
Summary: I've made some interesting shots, but I've missed more. Working with a dx-body, so no auto focus; it clearly doesn't work well for all situations where I'd like it to work. There's probably still a good amount of operator error, so I'll keep working on it, but even my amateur brain thinks I'll have to do something else (fx body, or a much more expensive lens). Sigh.
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.
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 .
Slow to focus and it hunts a lot, but a sound lens
30 July 2010
Summary: The first one I had did not focus well at all. After two trips to the Nikon repair station and a letter to the president of Nikon USA, Nikon replaced the lens. The replacement has produced several fine images. That said, I have found that it is slow to focus and intermittently, it hunts when it focuses.
Summary: I didn't want to wait and now I wish I had. I am using this lens with my D90 to take nature photos. I like to photograph birds and dragonflies and wanted to get this lens for the extra reach it would have over my 75 - 300mm lens. Like other reviewers have commented, it is noisy and slow compared to my other lens. I'm just an amateur and so I depend on the autofocus.
Summary: This is the absolutely best lens I have ever used but it can also be the most frustrating. After 6 months, with this lens on my D70 most of the time, I have hundreds of magnificent bird and animal photographs including hand held shots in fading light with an effective 35mm focal length of 600mm at f5.6 and 1/100 sec that are razor sharp thanks to vibration reduction.