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Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR : Specifications and Opinions


Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR

The Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2001 to 2013 (discontinued). The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1650 €; 16 users have given it an average vote of 8.4 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   80-400 mm
 Angle of view   30.3 - 6.2°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4.5-5.6
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   17 elements in 11 groups
 Min. focus distance   2.30 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.20x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1340 g
 Dimensions   91 x 171 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on May 01, 2015

Pros: Focal length range, solid construction, tripod collar

Cons: Rudimentary VR, that takes long time to kick in and does so visibly, Weight, f22 performance, 400mm open aperture performance, closest focus, repairs expensive and slow, old type AF

Opinion: Initially purchased to turn my FX D700 more into a DX, extending maximum focal length from 300mm to 400mm. The combination of the 1kg of the D700 and this lens made for a home gymnasium! Good image quality generally but noticeable fall-off at 400mm, especially at f5.6. Highly usable long lens for many applications but some very restricting downsides. Closest focus of 2.3m isn't close enough for a head and shoulders portrait, for instance and the original VR was very agricultural, with noticeable delay and a visible movement in the viewfinder. F22 performance very soft (tripod mounted for a landscape with maximum depth of field) The lens, with generous lenshood becomes very long at 400mm too, making it very obvious. I then dropped the lens and, via the shop who sold it, Nikon took over 4 months to repair it as a part could not be sourced. On repair, I immediately traded it in for Sigma's 150-500mm, even bigger and far less well built, but better optically. I had also bought a DX D7000 by then too and so I had the 400mm focal length with my much more portable Tamron SP 70-300mm VC, which I still use for almost all telephoto applications. The new, replacement G 80-400mm seems to have addressed all the issues, such as 400mm performance and now has SWM and latest VR, BUT at a huge hike in price. BUT, if I had the money, then I would definitely buy the G as it offers a really useful extra length over the 70-300, especially on DX, but without the huge non portability of the 150-500mm, plus of course, a wider starting point.

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avatarjunior
sent on February 07, 2018

Pros: focal excursion

Cons: size, slow AF.

Opinion: It was Nikon's first VR, and it cost an eye ... that I bought as soon as possible in 2002 to replace a bit of manual long optics including a 300 f2.8. In fact, then it was a decisive choice, making sports photos, the number of usable images (still and in focus) radically increased, instead of discarding 30 per roll, now I got at least 30 good for roll. Then came the digital ... the lens was slow and had a lower quality than that of an AFS 70-200 f2.8 with 1.4x. I sold it, and then bought back a used one a few years ago, to satisfy temporary work needs. On a D800, I got good images, not to scream, but still very worthy and well publicized. Then I got the AFS version and life changed for the better. It is used at a reasonable price and satisfactorily fulfills the role of a long lens and autofocus as needed, without major compromises on image quality. Personally I found it anyway better than the AF-S 70-300 f4.5-5.6G VR%2C in particular on the contrast, but this is only an opinion, more dictated by the conditions in which I found myself photographing that real and valid comparisons. VOTE 8 (but when he left he deserved a good 9).

avatarsupporter
sent on September 06, 2015

Pros: Weight below two pounds, 80 to 250 crisp even at TA Robust and compact enough, filters 77 that also use other lenses. AF precision.

Cons: AF is not very fast, chasing a bird in flight is difficult. Plate of the attack to stand a little 'small.

Opinion: I was struggling with another zoom that started even shorter, then I bought this used to make "portrait and fashion" because many of the larger zoom in excess of 300mm. But I have not found an opportunity to use it this way, I had fun in the Camargue and Provence. Great for boating and water sports like sailing and kite surfing, or maybe was thought to these uses. The VR does not earn God knows what but I have yet to see if with the monopod should be removed or not, as I use it on the stand off the Vr. rnHo tried for a day the new version, she does well but does a bang more, a bit 'too much for such a lens. This retains its value in used thanks to its inherent strength.

avatarjunior
sent on June 13, 2013

Pros: Compactness, weight, colors, clear 80 to 300mm, stabilized, well built

Cons: Lose a bit to 400mm, af very slow with d80 and acceptable with d300s (but always slow compared to today's standard), a price a little high but with the takeover of the new 80-400 has become fair (about 1000 euros)

Opinion: The 80-400 was my first telephoto zoom. The first sample that I took was second-hand and the 2xxxx serial number went back to the first specimens produced by nikon. My first 80-400 did not satisfy me much: at 400mm it was really soft (even closing at f8) and from 80 to 300 it was discreet. However, it remained an excellent companion for photographs of landscape details. One day I read an article in which it was written that nikon in 2006 revised this lens from an optical point of view and introduced the new models with new 4xxxx serial numbers. On the article it was written that the 80-400 to 400mm, already at f5.6, was good to then become excellent at f8. At the beginning I was hesitant but then I decided to put 300 euros more than I had obtained from the sale of my used and I bought a new 80-400 (year 2011). How did it end? I did not believe it but at 400mm f5.6 it was clearer than the model I had (matr 2xxxx). From 80 to 300/320 is very good while at 400mm it is discreet (but closing one stop improves a lot).Regarding the af with the d300s is acceptable. It's really an optic that allows you to do a lot and with little space.

avatarjunior
sent on January 26, 2012

Pros: construction, rendering delicate range of focal lengths covered, good performance 80 to 300mm.

Cons: Unclear to 400mm, very slow in focus, very expensive for what it from.

Opinion: The Nikkor AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR, my first lens was a po'spinto, I needed a long lens to experiment with pictures of birds in those days had few pretensions and quality satisfy me even at maximum focal length, I was particularly enchanted by the delicate strokes of color and brilliant. where exactly was I was not nell'autofocus, far too slow, very difficult to pull a bird in flight. so, after some hesitation, I changed to the more powerful Sigma 50-500, which in addition to offering more than 100mm in the longer focal lengths, gave me a good speed in autofocus. rigurdando now the shots of the old 80-400 accustomed to yield 500 vr I seem particularly sharp, but this obviously can not be expected otherwise. I would only recommend if you need a zoom travel to photograph a bit 'of everything, with low space, but for a specific use in the fields of natural, is not great, definitely better 300f4. one final comment is reserved for the vr .. I did many tests with and without and I did not notice particular bebefici with vr on ... say that the new tecnlogia Vr II is quite another thing. optical urge a serious restoration.!

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