Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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Not Quite What I Expected
Lisa the Nature Photographer, Adorama
4 weeks ago
Excerpt: The lens came up a little short, because my 55-300mm Nikon could reach about the same distance and almost as clear.<br /><br />I also found this lens very heavy and hard to work with.<br /><br />BUT I did not use it on a tripod much, I love nature walks and carrying my lens with me. <br /><br />I think there was a lens defect, but due to the heaviness of the lens of the 80-400, I decided not to exchange it, but rather to get a different lens altogether.
Pros: Good in low light, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Slow Focus, Tough To Attach
Excerpt: 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. I can't use it with my old film camera, the results on my new fx are excellent.
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. I can't use it with my old film camera, the results on my new fx are excellent.
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. Weather Resistance CONS: 1. PRICE, it is $1200 more than the older version, TOO STEEP. 2.
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. Hand held work will require high shutter speeds along with VR however a monopod or tripod will be needed for best results.
Summary: I traded my 70-200 f 2.8mm lens for this new Nikon 80-400mm lens and in some way am a little disappointed with the decision, as the quality achieve with this lens despite what others may say, is still a mile off the quality you will be able to achieve with your prime lenses. Having said that it is a highly portable 400mm FX lens, 650 on a DX crop DSLR and only weighs a fraction of my 500mm f4, as such it makes it a very useful lens for days when you are spending a lot of...