Reviews and Problems with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor
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Make sure your camera has the built-in autofocus
Mike Handley, Amazon
29 December 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I agree with most of the other reviewers of this lens. It is big, heavy, slow and way too expensive. However, I have used it to capture some awesome shots coupled to my D80. It's first outing was a trip to the Galapagos, where I used this and and a 18-200 mm as my mainstays.
Summary: This review is mainly for anyone trying to decide between the 70-300mm VR and the 80-400mm. If you are like me, you have gone back and forth many times trying to decide if this lens is worth $1000 more, or if you can simply do a little cropping from 300 and achieve good results.
Summary: I just bought this lens to get more reach than I could with my 70-200 f/2.8. Let me first say that my 70-200 does not have VR. Normally, my shots with that lens are great. However, the use of a TC with the 70-200 in order to get the length I needed was intolerable.
Summary: Yes, without a doubt this lens is worth the price. I have not used it with film but I couldn't be happier with how it performs on my digital D200. There is a reason that the pro's use lenses from the manufacturer of their cameras. The same reason that these lenses cost more!
Summary: Great zoom for the $ but dont expect VR to make you a pro. VR takes the shake out and lets you go handheld at long lengths, but only in bright light as its still slow. AF hunts, a lot! Weighs a ton.
Summary: The choice was between the SIgma and the Nikon. The Sigma one is slightly bigger and the handling of the Nikon is better imo. My impressions are that it is very sharp, better than my 24-120 and it's amazing to get razor sharp pictures handheld at 400mm at 1/40s!
Pros: versatile focal range, VR!, can be used handheld