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.
Excerpt: Comparing to my previous version this is truly about two real stops more useable. The old version was best only at F11. This works very well at F5.6 and thus is truly a change. VR seems good enough on either one, the new one is quieter in use. The focus is substantially faster especially w/ subject movement and seems better in lower light. The clarity of the files is easily seen in side by side test shots.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I use the lens for wildlife, mostly birds - and for this purpose 400mm at the long end is fine, particularly on a crop sensor camera. Feather detail up to about 60 feet away (or more) is as good as my 300mm f4 with TC14E2. The lens is moderately heavy but for its capabilities it's not so bad - and the VR works as specified making hand held 400mm shots a breeze in good light.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Summary: I bought this lens for wildlife and landscape photography. Before I had a chance to really test the lens a Coopers Hawk presented itself. The photo is taken THRU a window with a D7000 at a distance of about 30 feet. ISO 1250, f6.3 at 1/320. HANDHELD! I am impressed. The only complaint is the tripod foot.
Excerpt: A keen amateur, I have been using this lens for a month for bird photos and am very pleased. I use it with a 1.4 teleconverter on my Nikon D7100; full out, I get images at 550mm (not the 600 suggested). Previously I was using a prime Nikon 300mm F 4 with teleconverter which gave me 400mm. This new lens has the advantages of zoom, very helpful in locating the bird and giving better range and, most importantly, image stabilization.
Excerpt: Really fast autofocus with the D800, although I haven't used it under poor lighting conditions. Hand held at 400 mm, I'm amazed at the quality of the images with shutter speeds as low as 1/60th of a second. I purchased the RRS collar which I think is superior to the one supplied with the lens. So far I've been using it with a monopod for photographing rugby matches where with the combination of reach and fast autofocus it works out very well.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Bought this lens to get some reach with my D7100. Read the reviews, so I had high expectations, but I like the lens even more than I thought I would. Picture quality is very good, even at the long end (which is what I bought it for), focusing is generally fast, and the VR is great - way better than I expected. It has a nice, bright, sharp rendering especially in good light.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good IQ, Great VR
Excerpt: The 80-400mm AFSVREDG lens is a marked improvement over the first version of the lens. Image quality is great from 80-300mm and is very, very good at 400mm. I would have rated the lens 5 Stars if it were just a bit better at 400mm.
Pros: Good Construction, Not too heavy, Useful range
Excerpt: As a wildlife photographer I appreciate the MUCH faster autofocus of the AF-S version of the 80-400mm lens. The manual focus override is simple to use and a worthy improvement, also.<br /><br />I have not seen the degree of improvement that I expected from the updated VR system.