Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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A great bargain (if you're not looking for action shots)
L. Barstow, Amazon
1 week ago
Summary: I've owned this lens for about 10 years now, and it's been a great ride. What this lens is not: don't go out and buy the 80-400 if you want a lens capable of tracking fast in/out motion that requires AF-S speed autofocus. This isn't a lens for pro sports photographers or wildlife/bird action photography. What this lens is: the 80-400 is a great, often hand-holdable telephoto zoom for serious photography that doesn't require fast focus.
Summary: Yes this lens focuses much slower then the next version, but with a great camera it can be great. I had used it originally with a Nikon D200, with 11 auto focus points, and it's auto focus was terrible on the lens. I then up graded to a Nikon D7000, with 39 AF points, and let's say it works better and faster. I even use it for sports!
Summary: Nikon makes a "G" version of this now that costs about twice as much as this one. They also make a 200-400 that is muy sweet but costs $5,000. You can get this one for 7-800 and it works great. I don't use the 400 much but it's nice to have it when you need it and this lens is better than any of the Sigmas that I've tried. If you don't need the 400mm, use the 300mm f4. It;s a great long lens at a decent price.
Summary: I am just getting started with this lens and will update this review as I become more familiar with it. So far, lens is very sharp and seems to handle well, although it is large & heavy and is best when used on a very solid/stable tripod. I have used it successfully on a monopod WITH 'VR' activated, but a good solid tripod works best. I shoot a lot of very active sailing competition from a small, moving boat and I would NOT recommend this lens for that type of shooting.
Summary: I love this lens. This lens was reconditioned by Nikon, and appears to be almost new quality. My only negative comment would be that the depth of field tends toward zero as the lens approaches 400mm. I am very happy with it up to 300mm.
Summary: With the newer faster AF nikon 80-400mm vr out, this old slow boy got a price drop and people were selling them on ebay. So I picked up a used one. IQ is great for handheld shots. I actually almost bought a tamron 200-500, but with VR all the shots at 500mm were useless, but the image were so sharp with a monopod. Well my 80-400 doesn't have a tripod mount collar so I can't test it on a monopod.
Summary: 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.
Summary: I have used the 80 - 400 mm lens extensively for over six years and love the zoom range. BUT - it is so slow to focus. This lens is long overdue for an upgrade. If it could be made to focus like the 70-200 f2.8 it would be a world beater.