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