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.
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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
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.
Excerpt: Great lens for fairly bright shooting. Got caught without my tripod when I came upon Bighorn Sheep on a trip in Utah. Used my wife's shoulder and the VR really worked. At 400mm (600) on my D200 it was a pretty shakey scene...but it worked.
Excerpt: This would have been an impeccable lens with the addition of AF-S. Focus speed is adequate on my D200, but in the low-light conditions of the golden hour when I often find myself shooting wildlife, this lens can sometimes be frustrating.