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.
1 week ago
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 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.
Summary: I use these lens mostly to take photos of birds. I'm generally quite happy with the quality of the photos. You can shoot crisp images with great colors. This lens has a few things I don't like too much though. Focussing is slow, and what is worse, sometimes it cannot focus at all and then get "stuck" at one end. The only trick I've discovered to fix that is to zoom out, focus again and then zoom in again.
Excerpt: So, after reading and listening to the various pro's and con's regarding this lens I decided to buy this lens myself and test it. A big plus which comes in handy once in a while is the reliable VR. It really works great and one of my fist images that were taken in the zoo, were tack sharp. At the end it comes all down to one thing: The photographer!! Use the lens for what it was designed for. Don't compare it with the latest VRII - generation of lenses.
Great lens for longer reach! Great value for the price!
2 July 2012
Summary: I bought this lens for longer reach. I like the lens because it has a great range from 80 to 400mm which allows you to shoot a variety of shots. The lens is a bit heavy, but nothing that I couldn't handle. The images are sharp throughout most of the range. The tripod mount gets in the way of adjusting the focal length so I removed it. This lens is a great addition to my shooting capabilities with my new Nikon D7000.
Summary: I bought this lens to use on my Nikon D300S and my Nikon D80. I was using a Nikon 70-300mm zoom, which is a great lens, but I wanted more reach. I do lots of bird protography including some pictures of flying birds. I am happy with this lens. If you want more than the 70-300mm zoom but are not ready to spend 3,600 or more dollars on a Nikon super telephoto this is what you want. The focus is a little slower than the 70-300 zoom and this 80-400mm is a lot heavier.
Excerpt: Not all lenses can be top notch winners and I must admit this is one of them, don't get me wrong when it was introduced it was a decent lens but it has it's short comings to todays VR2 companions. Lets cover the positives in that this lens for it's focal length is very compact and light when used at the 80mm length and the lens collar and shoe works great to rotate the lens mounted to a tripod and still to get a portrait style view all you do is loosen the lens collar...
Excerpt: The 80-400 is no spring chicken. My 18-200 runs circles around it 9 times out of 10. Most snaps with the 80-400 are not too good, but 1 in 10 is sharper than sharp. Stopped down to f/8 i don't think you can get much better for color and contrast, at least on my D7000. That one of ten is good for a lot of mega pixels, probably a lot more than the 16 mp of the 7000 DX.
Excerpt: After reading all the reviews,pro & con,I decided to give it a try. At first I was dissapointed & almost sent it back. It is slow focusing & at first I had trouble with sharpness, but I kept at it. Handheld,you need a fast shutter speed, at least 1/400 @ 400mm,preferably faster. Turn off the VR on a tripod period ! get used to the "Auto-Manual focus ring" I don't like it. Use the focus limiter & in dificult situations,use manual focus.
Excerpt: I always have it connected to my cam body.<br />I shoot wildlife and landscape but I have had great results with it catching the grandkids playing while on Nikon D300. Got it stuck in my car window<br />while trying to photograph a wolf so I missed the shot.<br />I do use it more than my fixed 300mm prime and love the results.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction