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