Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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james ramakka, Amazon
4 March 2014
Summary: After 6 months I had to send the lens to Nikon for warranty repairs along with a 2 month old D7100 body, both of which began having problems at the start of a 10 day photo safari. Auto focus would stop working at apparently random times during the day. The camera had major problems with erratic exposure settings between multiple shots of the same subject in the same light as well. Eventually it lost the ability to change AF area modes.
Summary: I bought a 80-400, G Series lens and a D7100 body for taking bird pictures. This combination gives me 120-600 35mm equivalent. It replaced a Canon SX50HS (~$500) once I knew my recent interest in birding would continue. The pictures aren't as good as the Canon (24-1200 35mm equivalent). I contacted Nikon, sent them some pictures, and got a response that "I should increase my depth of field". I don't think they really looked at the pictures.
Excerpt: I bought this lens for hand held wildlife photography and for hiking. I have used a new version of this lens and it is wonderful, although pricey. Unfortunately, the refurb I received is unsharp at 400mm, f5.6. The problem is subtle and I took a lot of test shots before I came to the conclusion that I needed to return the lens.The refurb lens is fine on the 80mm end and is ok at 400mm, f8, but I was planning to use it wide open at f5.6.
Excerpt: I'm a wildlife photographer, mostly birds. This lens was very fast and accurate focusing, and the pictures were sharp and clear. I took a few photos with a 2X teleconverter (manual focus)that were excellent. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the VR. While the photos came out sharp with the VR on, you could see them "jump" in the view finder when the shutter button was activated, and the photo subjects where never in the center of the photo when the VR was on.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: Like many people I was excited when this new 80-400mm AF-S VR design was announced. With the price tag north of $2600 I decided to rent this lens first. I'm glad I did because I would not have been happy if I had shelled out that kind of cash only to be disappointed in the IQ and performance. This review is based on using my using this lens on a Nikon D800.This lens is big, heavy and the build quality is good.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Cons: Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Substandard Image Quality
Excerpt: Well, the 80-400mm isn't a lens for wildlife photos, because it isn't sharp and the focus is too slow. I think that the Nikon should do a new one, further if the Nikon make a new one better than the oldest they will increase the number of new photograph with Nikon cameras. Why a think that? Here in Brazil, I heard many peolple say that went to Canon because of the 100-400mm. I wouldn't recommend the 80-400mm for wildlife.
Excerpt: I owned this lens a couple of years ago...and it was too slow for wildlife photography. The lens isn't made for low-light shooting...which is when much of the wildlife world is up and moving, morning and evening. So...read the specs and reviews and don't expect it to do things it naturally can't with it's f-stop range. It should be obvious that it won't perform well without sufficient light! Other than that...it was good for soccer and family photos, etc during the day.
Excerpt: I own many Nikkor Lenses and this is the only one with which I am disappointed. I have three major problems with the lens. First, the autofocus being outdated is very slow. Second, images exposed at 400mm and f/5.6 are extremely soft. I recently used the lens on my D90 to take many pictures of Big Horn Sheep and I could not believe how soft the images were. Third, the cost of the lens is much too high for the image quality produced.
Excerpt: I have a love/hate relationship with this lens. When used right, it is a good, albeit not great lens, but it focuses too slowly even on my D2X, it is less sharp than I would like, and poorly balanced. Not a lens I can recommend to friends or acquaintances. Perhaps if AF-S and/or a constant f/4 lens it might be better.
Excerpt: I have owned this lens for over a year and up until recently have not recorded many images at/near infinity focus. Of late I have had the need to shoot 400mm at infinity and found the lens to be very soft. I returned the lens to Nikon for repairs. The list of things done to it by Nikon was extensive, and fortunately under warranty. Immediately upon receiving it back from repair, I placed it on a rock-solid tripod and head, to do a test shoot.