Excerpt: I bought this to replace my Nikon 200-400mm that I've had for years. I will use this lens mostly hand held for birds in flight, airplane photos and wildlife like whales from a boat. It is much lighter and easier to hand hold then the 200-400, but I do lose a stop or two.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: Let me get to the points: 1. A very wide range zoom (5X) with reasonable aperture at the far end.2. Optical performance: This is the 2nd Nikon lens feature a Super ED element (the only other product using it is the 200mm F2G) which result in good control in diffraction.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction, Super Ed Glass
Excerpt: Used mostly for wildlife and outdoor photography. Excellent and clear , new for me am still getting used to it . Notice needs a lot of light. Also, best with tripod or monopod as I'm not steady on handheld.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
Summary: I have had this lens for about 7 weeks and primarily using it for nature and birding. Overall, it works well, but does hunt for focus more than I would like. It is also a tad softer in sharpness than expected. It is still a good lens, but overpriced as others have mentioned.
Summary: This is a huge heavy lens. You need to consider that when you take off to shoot. It is heavy to carry and change lenses. Tripod or a Mono is a must (in my opinion). I guess you can rest it on something....but it all takes thought. I am happy for what it is and what it does...
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.
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.