Excerpt: This lens fits the bill for me.I need something lightweight in the field that gives a nice zoom range because when your not shooting birds you don't need or want 400mm.80mm is a perfect walk around focal length that I use often. I do have one complaint and that is the fact that this lens breathes dust in a lot more easily than my other zooms. This Flaw is why I knocked it from having a perfect rating.
Excerpt: I find this lens to be significantly improved over the older version 80-400 vr lens which I found to produce quite soft images. The new version takes noticable sharper images than the old version, but still not as sharp as those taken with my 200-400.
Excerpt: The lens covers prime real estate when in the field and I don't need to worry which body I grab since it covers my FX or DX sensors. If I were to base the purchase of this lens on photos presented in some reviews, I would never have purchased it. Price is no different than other zooms with nano coating and a strong motor. What's great is the VR which is sadly lacking in the 24-70mm f/2.8.
Excerpt: I read many reviews for a lens to take on a photo safari in Kenya. My trip isn't scheduled until this fall (2014) so this will allow me a chance to get more comfortable with this lens. I paired this lens with a Nikon D90. I have been practicing with the local bird population and discovered the lens focuses quite rapidly and provide excellent image quality. The VR mode does a nice job when taking hand held photos.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Probably not Nikon's very best but for versatility it can't be beat. This lens on a safari or other such expedition means you can travel with just one. I've taken some very sharp images with it, all hand held. It has a valued place in my bag. Focus is fast and accurate.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I waited a month or two ofter I bought this lens so I could write a meaningful review after I had a chance to use it a bit. I shoot mainly birds, critters and scenery. After having it out in the field a dozen times or more I feel I'm ready to write. I like this lens. It has a positive feel to it. Well built and takes good pictures. However, for me it has a few drawbacks.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Taken about 40 pictures with the Nikon 80-400mm lens. So far so good. All photos were taken (hand held) in bright sunlight. Sharp lens. Tripod mount seems flimsy. Might replace with aftermarket collar. Will try night shots with lens soon.