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The Nikon 80-400mm AF-S Nikkor f4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is a high-performance telephoto zoom lens for use with full-frame FX-format digital SLRs. With a broad 80-400mm focal range and superior optical design, this lens is ideal for a variety of subjects including wildlife, landscapes and sports. Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) system minimises camera shake and allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet and accurate autofocus and the Nano Crystal Coat greatly reduces ghosting and flare even in backlit situations. More
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Worth the wait, worth the money.
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I waited a long time to buy this lens, but the wait was well worth it. Selling my excellent Sigma 50-500mm OS and Nikon 300mm F4 AF-S to help fund it, this was always going to be a difficult decision. The journey was sweetened when I found a mint second hand model here on WEX. I received the lens and on the next day I captured the Sedge Warbler (image 1) in fairly poor light and hand held. I noticed immediately that although there were many objects e.g. branches and leaves, unlike the Sigma, my old version of this Nikon lens and slightly slicker then my 300mm f4,in short, the AF was extremely fast. Once locked on it stayed there.I then took another image of another Sedge Warbler (Image 2) in equally difficult conditions and the result was the same. Interestingly, I have read reviews which stated that at 400mm the lens was slightly "soft". Both images were taken at 400mm on an D7100' If you want sharper I'd recommend the Nikon 400mm f2.8 at 3 times the price, or the newly released version at over 5 times!The lens is very well constructed, slightly heavier than the 300mm f4, lighter than the Sigma 50-500mm OS or the new Tamron 100-600mm VC. It is the same weight as my 70-200mmm f2.8 and that makes hand holding within reach of those who have shoulder and arm mobility problems as I do.I have tried the lens with both the TC-14EII and unless tripod mounted (VR off) the results were inconsistent ranging from respectable to extremely soft! I also tried it with the Kenko x1.4 DG 300 pro, this is a no no as with VR on the lens makes a loud buzzing noise. I do not intend to ever use this lens with a TC, as that may be pushing the limits a bit too far.What's not so good?I suppose the biggest consideration of this lens is the price. Yes, it is expensive, but any thoughts of the expense disappeared once I tested it. I always try to be honest with my reviews and I don't guild the lily with wasteful excesses of praise, however I find this lens a bit more special than some of my other Nikon's.The VR 4 stop claim by Nikon, I believe, is a little over estimated. It certainly won't give a 4 stop advantage at 400mm, more like 2 at worst 2.5 at best. However, that's ok for me as I rarely, if ever, shoot wide open at slow shutter speedsSummary.A major improvement over the old "D" version without a shadow of a doubt. The versatility of the 80-400mm zoom makes it a great all round wildlife lens and the lighter weight of the opposition is a major advantage. If you can afford it, buy it. I wouldn't swap it back now for my Sigma 50-500mm OS or the Nikon 300mm f4, and that's a high recommendation over these two.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Nikon D7100 + AF-S 80-400mm - 1/320@f8 - ISO320
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Nikon D7100 + AF-S 80-400mm - 1/320@f14 - ISO400
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good quality lens
Good quality robust lens with a good distance range that does allow hand holding, but better to use a tripod. Gets heavy afer lugging it around for a time which is to be expected, and not a criticism. Images are good quality, focusing quick and easy, no 'hunting' noticed.Foot is not as robust as I would have liked, but all in all very pleased with the product.
(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Nikon 80-400mm AF-S Nikkor f4.5-5.6G ED
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If your budget runs to this lens you will find it brilliant the best lens in my kit.
(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Bought this lens for shooting wildlife, and for larger animals it is simply brilliant; fast, sharp and good VR. Focal length without a teleconverter is a little short for birds, but with the high resolution of a full frame D800, cropping the image works fine.Feels a bit heavy after a full day in the field, but still lighter than many long teles.
(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
A must buy Lens!
About Me Photography Student
This Lens is a great buy! Sharp, fast focus. Amazing quality. Only downside is that its bulky but will have to get used to that! WexPhotographic were also great and made sure my order arrived on time.
(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
My best photographic buy in a long time.
For many years I have used the Nikon 200-400 lens for wildlife photography, both in the UK and abroad. It is a great lens but it is heavy and bulky. Add the 70-200 (my standard wildlife kit) and you have a very heavy and bulky outfit.The new Nikon 80-400G looked interesting and I decided to go for it as an alternative for the 70-200 / 200-400 combination when traveling. Having used it for some weeks now, I am absolutely amazed at the performance of this lens. It is incredibly sharp and comes VERY close to the 200-400 in every way (other than maximum aperture), and is not far behind the 70-200 - two highly regarded professional lenses. I can happily live with the poorer maximum aperture and minimal drop in picture quality in exchange for the weight saving and convenience of only having to carry a single lens. Far from using the 80-400G as an alternative when travelling it has become my regular wildlife lens. Focus is fast and accurate on my D800. It is compact and lightweight (in comparison with my 70-200 / 200-400 kit) and it can be hand held for long periods - something I certainly couldn't do with the 200-400!At a fraction of the cost of a 70-200 f/2.8 plus a 200-400 f/4.0 this is a great option and one that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
At last a rival the Canon 100-400L
from Northern Ireland
I bought this lens for bird photography on the move. It is very portable and a definate rival to the famous Canon 100-400 L. What took Nikon so long? This lens is perfect for bird photography and with the addition of a Nikon teleconverter can be boosted to around 600mm.I find quality excellent with good detail ald colours. focussing is fast and accurate.
(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
A long overdue CORKER
I have been waiting for an updated version of this Lens for years. Mine arrived today. Garden tested on Birds. Combined with my D4 and 1.4 Converter I can't imagine a more perfect and versatile combo for my frequent travels to undertake wildlife photography in Africa (or indeed anywhere).
Included Accessories: Lens hood, Tripod collar ring, Lens cap, Lens case, Lens cap
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