Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Review

October 15, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR from around the web.

cameralabs.com »

The AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is Nikon's long awaited successor to the venerable and now 13-year-old AF 80-400/4.5-5.6D VR. It covers a 5x zoom-range and has an improved optical design with quicker and quieter focusing and better image stabilization - lest we forget the original was the first Nikkor to sport VR. It's one of the most highly anticipated updates in the Nikon catalogue but one that's unfortunately catapulted the price well beyond the 2000 EUR/USD mark; indeed it costs roughly double the old model in some regions. So the big question is: are the improvements really worth the money?
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photographylife.com »

On March 5 of 2013, Nikon released the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, the long awaited update to the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D VR that was released over 13 years ago as Nikon’s first lens to sport image stabilization (Vibration Reduction) technology. I have been impatiently waiting for this lens update for quite some time now for a number of reasons. First, it is the only Nikon budget lens that can reach 400mm focal length without teleconverters. Second, it is a very versatile lens with a huge zoom range, which can be quite useful for outdoor sports and wildlife photography.
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naturescapes.net »

When I bought my first long lens (AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens) in 2007 I didn’t even consider the older 80–400mm lens as it was inadequate for my needs. I was looking for a lens to photograph birds and other wildlife. With moving subjects, the auto focus on a lens is critical and the old 80–400mm didn’t cut it. At that time the 200–400mm fit my needs best.
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