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Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 23 reviews

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Expensive & heavy, but worth it

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    kmrc1

    I bought the original version of this lens that came out many years ago and didn't like it much. The VR didn't work very well--in fact, it often created ghost images in my pictures when I used a slow shutter speed. Also, the focusing mechanism was old technology so it was slow and noisy. This new version of the lens fixes those problems. The Silent Wave Motor focusing is fast, quiet and precise. Also, the VR works much better, and I've gotten good shots at 400mm with a shutter speed of 1/125. Of course, you'll want to take a lot of shots to ensure you get a good one (but with digital, that's just fine). The lens is heavy--make no mistake--3 lbs 8 oz. If you're going to be carrying it for any distance you'll want one of those padded camera straps. Even with one of those, I often end up carrying the camera/lens combination in the crook of my arm rather than let it hang from my neck. I did not give any rating on durability because I haven't had the lens long enough to make an informed judgement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Lens........

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    WesternSky
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    After many months of deciding on whether to buy this lens, or just continue to use my Nikon 70-300 VR lens, I finally broke down and purchased it!. WOW does not describe the capabilities of this super lens. Amazingly fast auto focus, great VR (vibration Reduction) even when shooting at low speeds. Clarity of the digital shots is amazing. This is a world class lens. My 70-300MM is going to be handed down to my daughter. If you are serious about wildlife photography, birding, the everglades, and that trip to Africa don't wait. Currently Nikon is offering a $400.00 rebate on this lens. Now is the time to nail this one. This lens is worth ever dollar spent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great lens

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    RMphoto
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    I sold my Sigma 150-500 to get this lens. This lens is terrific in so many ways. It's relatively compact compared to other lenses in this category and fits a mid size camera bag. The Sigma didn't. I had to carry it in it's own bag. The weight is managable and I've made very sharp handheld shots. Something I couldn't do with the Sigma.The filter thread is 77mm, the standard size on majority of FX lenses. All my major Nikon lenses are 77mm so I didn't need to buy additional filter sets (ND, polarizer). the Sigma was 86mm. The only thing I didn't like is the small lens collar so I bought Kirk's larger collar. Now the more important stuff; auto focus is swift and the picture quality is flawless. This lens met my expectations in every way. Other than the minor collar issue, two thumbs up to Nikon for this great lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for me

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    Fuzzy
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    This lens is more expensive than the 200-500 MM lens so why did I purchase it, especially when many on -line reviews rate them equal in image sharpness? Less weight and ease of handling was a big factor since my preference is hiking and hand holding for photographing wildlife. Secondly, the wider range of the zoom gives flexibility and minimizes lens changes while in the field. Lastly, I like it that this lens was made in Japan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great reach, fast autofocus, poor collar

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    Doggieman425
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    This lens give me what I need to photograph sports in good light. The fast autofocus keeps me shooting sharp images consistently. Color rendition is good as is contrast. Unfortunately, like any other lens of f/4.5 to f/5.6, it leaves a lot to be desired for autofocus, sharpness, and clarity even on my D750. Another downside is that for $2300 you might think that Nikon would at least put a good mounting collar on it. The mounting collar is small and even small fingers will have trouble getting in between the collar and the barrel for handling.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    Eagleeye

    I have only used this lens for 11 days and have been impressed with the clarity I'm getting from pic's when hand held. I used this with a D7100 set ISO 1000 at the San Diego Zoo on Sat. and was amazed with the pictures. I'm pretty steady but will generally have a few pic's that are out of focus from movement. Out of over 400 pic's I had 1 out of focus pic. I'm looking forward to see how this lens does with birds in flight :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome results

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    Christy4499
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    super results, my first semi expense dive in. At first it seemed a little large and heavy, you will need a big/ sturdy tripod and head for it, which is not always practical. However, I used it on a pontoon boat on the slough... hand held and it was amazingly easy. photos were good. Realizing that this is the lower price bracket for the 300 to 500 that everyone else was shooting with, I was amazed with the ease of use and results. great stepping stone !!!!!!! and maybe the forever choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In Love With Lens

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    hornet1969
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    This lens has exceeded my expectations. My plans were to buy another lens that takes macro pictures besides this one. However, as I'm learning to use this lens, I am finding that I can take excellent macro pics with this. The VR works great. It's very easy to use. I can take pictures of the moon handheld at 400mm. Pictures are very crisp. Great resolution. Very fast focusing, so great for taking action shots. The only real cons are that it's a heavy lens and it's an expensive lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens for what it was made to do

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    Shamujoe
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    Love this lens. Much faster than the D lens. This G lens seems to be a little sharper and definitely faster in focusing. Great for either tripod or hand held. Used it at an airshow hand held and worked great. Just a bit heavy, but easy to handle. The pictures shown was from an airshow and taken with an 80-400mm Nikon G lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beauty and the Beast

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    sm29
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    The lens is a beast but I love it. It's big, a little unwieldy if you have small hands or not a lot of strength but if you can learn to manage it, it's great. I'm petite at five feet and 90 pounds, but I can handhold this lens and shoot fine, just takes some practice. Yes it does chatter when shooting full out but it's not a nuisance, unless you need it perfectly quiet. Doesn't weigh much more than a 70-200 but is fatter. Aperture range is fine for daytime.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great range but bigger & heavier than expected

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    JPA77
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    A brilliant lens with a great range, even more so on DX. It's bigger than I expected but not surprising given the quality it is, significantly larger than my Nikon 70-300 VR lens. The VR II on the 80-400 is a step above anything I've tried, no problems shooting handheld at 400mm FL. I picked this up at Union Square in NYC for 45% off the MSRP so was a no-brainer, not so sure I'd buy again at full price though...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikkor 80-400mm zoom

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    James
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    this is an excellent lens that compliments my original 18-55mm lens. It is relatively easy to handle for weight and ease of adjustment without a tri pod. it takes excellent pictures and is fast enough to stop action photographing planes landing or other action sports events.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon's Best Quality Zoom Available

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    SteveofSiberia
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    The reviews on this lens are the best. The internal motor is quiet and fast focusing. The stabilization is second to none. The sharpest zoom available. Edge to edge sharpness is incredible. This lens separates the amateur and the professional. Worth every dollar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loving It

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    Hornet69
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    It works great for macro. Love the new lens. Only thing is the price is really expensive, far more than the Nikon 7100 that I use it with. Crisp pictures. Fast focusing, so good for motion pictures. It is a big lens, and a bit heavy, but that's alright. Easy to use, if you know what you're doing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It is great for Wildlife photography

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    TripChat
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    The Lens is great for Wild Life photography where the subject is at a distance and we need to capture the finer details. With a teleconvertor it becomes a awesome tool. I used in a Sanctuary near Denver and my critiques were truly impressed !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great telephoto lenses

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    RUFY
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    After a trip to Alaska I realized I was in need of a more powerful telephoto lens. With a 80 to 400 range, this has lens has met and exceeded my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for photographing wildlife

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    Kitta
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    With the short time I have had the lens I have enjoyed capturing wildlife with full frame pictures. I can use a monopod or tripod to support the lens/camera and get clear sharp photos of wildlife and nature that are great distances away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you NIKON!!! LOVE IT

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    fedor
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    Absolutely great product! Super good picture quality! Great focusing engine, fast and equate! Noticeably bigger than there previous generation 80-400.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great moderate to long lens

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    Ctrclckws
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    With a 5x zoom and generally sharp overall this lens is an improvement over the previous model. Works with all digital cameras and the newest model film cameras 35mm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for sports and wildlife photography

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    Photofan
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    This lens is sharp and fast focusing. A lot lighter in weight than I expected, but it is a large lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend