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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
9.7 out of 10

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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Overall 6
6.0

Better Lens Than Original

SaxMan, B&H Photo
3 December 2014
  • Excerpt: I use this lens to shoot wildlife, primarily birds, attached to a Nikon D7100 Body. I had been using the original 80 x 400 lens for many years before buying this new model. This lens does focus faster but frankly, my end image results are not noticably better than the results I achieved with my old...
  • Pros: Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

A good compromise for the wildlife enthusiast

Traveller, Amazon
28 November 2014
  • Summary: This lens is a great compromise solution for the pro-sumer photographer. The sharpness and resolving power can be exceptional in reasonable lighting and it is light and small enough to be carried around all day.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not Quite What I Expected

Lisa the Nature Photographer, Adorama
24 August 2014
  • Excerpt: The lens came up a little short, because my 55-300mm Nikon could reach about the same distance and almost as clear.I also found this lens very heavy and hard to work with.BUT I did not use it on a tripod much, I love nature walks and carrying my lens with me.
  • Pros: Good in low light, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Slow Focus, Tough To Attach
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Overall 6
6.0

Opps! It's a G lens and did not realize it

Mark, Nikon
13 July 2014
  • Summary: As the owner of a great Nikon fx and also a vintage Nikkormat ftn, I really miss the aperture control ring. The less expensive 80-400 has it and I bought this one thinking that it was an upgrade over the previous zoom. Shame on me for not paying attention.
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Overall 6
6.0

Tender lens and dust hog...

Sailing photos, B&H Photo
25 March 2014
  • Excerpt: When I first purchased this lens, I was thrilled. The autofocus was fast, and the focus was nice and sharp. The VR worked well when photographing from a moving boat. After only a few months the focus had degraded and I sent it to Nikon for repair.
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Cons: Not Rugged Not Durable, Sucks Dust
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Overall 6
6.0

AFS 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 ED VR AF Chatters

B&H Photo
28 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Based on many positive reviews, I just got this lens under recent $ discount. It is sharp and impressive looking. The long reach is very nice. However, its auto focusing chatters a lot which is very annoying. Also handhold with VR at 400mm & ~1/320s on D800 may not give you a sharp image.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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Overall 6
6.0

Disappointed

Art in Va Beach, Va, B&H Photo
18 February 2014
  • Excerpt: I use this lens for wildlife, BIF, Gen Scenery. The first 80-400 lens lasted about a week and the VR and Auto focus failed. The replacement-second lens is still working on my wife's Nikon D5200 although it is soft at 400mm. I ordered a third lens for me.
  • Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

Better autofocus than older version

qualityonly "erosennin", Amazon
8 September 2013
  • Summary: The main reason to upgrade to this newer version of 80-400mm VR G is the autofocus is 200% faster than the old 80-400mm VR. PROS: 1. Faster Autofocus 2. Better sharpness in whole focal length, about 10-20% sharper than older version 3. weight is OK for such zoom lens with VR 4.
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Overall 6
6.0

Make sure you get a good copy

Gizmo, Amazon
8 June 2013
  • Summary: Like many people I was excited when this new 80-400mm AF-S design was announced. With the price tag north of $2600 I decided to rent this lens first. My first impression was how big this lens is. It's huge. The tripod mount is adequate and trust me, you'll need it.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice lens, but poor bokeh

Bwana Mdogo, B&H Photo
30 May 2013
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens primarily for wildlife photos after reading the great reviews here, but the resolution & bokeh were disappointing, though admittedly I am spoiled by the super-sharp 300mm Nikkor F4 lens.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Poor bokeh
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