Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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Amazing Image Quality
Rich, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: My wife and I share this Nikkor lens for long zoom shots. The image quality is amazing! It is a bit heavy, but I expected that from a long zoom lens. I was pleasantly surprised with the pictures my wife shot using this lens "hand held" capturing action shots. Amazing.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is amazingly sharp. It focuses very well in low light. If you photograph very fine print (say at 40 feet) and then magnify the image to the maximum (on a D810 Nikon), the characters remains sharp with a clear view of the paper fibers.This lens is not light. You have a real hunk of glass in your hands but it can be easily moved about or held still.With slow shutter the VR yields motion-free images at speeds that would normally result in blur.I've only owned this...
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I have the Nikon 70-300 VR lens which is a wonderful lens that I'm totally happy with but I like to take pix of critters so I was longing for a little more reach. When Nikon updated the 80-400 I had to think about it for a loooong time because of the price but I finally decided to go for it. I'm glad I did because it's a fabulous lens and I'm very happy with it.
Excerpt: Amazing lens that is incerdibly sharp throughout the range. Its auto focus is incerdibly fast, and quite despite it misfiring a little often. Its heavier than I would have liked but thats not a huge issue and its something I can work around. I use this lens for sports and nature photography and its perfect for that. Its VR helps alot and could theorectically be used handheld even in low light.
Summary: This Nikon 80-400mm second generation lens is a significant improvement over the original lens (Nikon's first VR lens). Not only is the auto focus on this newer lens faster, due to the introduction of the AF-S function, the optics are redesigned as well. The size and weight of this lens allow one to conveniently walk around with a very powerful focal length.