About this product
|The Nikon Nikkor 80 mm - 400 mm lens is both a telephoto and aspherical camera lens. With an FX/35 mm format with a maximum angle view of 20 degrees and a minimum of 4 degrees, this Nikon camera lens is ready for a variety of framed shots. The auto and manual camera lens uses 17 elements in 11 groups and is compatible with FX, DX, FX, DX Crop Mode, and 35 mm film, offering versatility. The minimum focal distance of this Nikon Nikkor 80 mm - 400 mm lens is 7.5 ft, with a 5x zoom ratio, making this a camera for medium to longer distance shots. The aperture of this Nikon camera lens is f/4.5 to f/5.6 with a minimum aperture of f/32. The Nikon Nikkor 80 mm - 400 mm lens uses vibration reduction (VR) for handheld shooting, used in both still photographs and video, optimising for longer distance shooting. This auto and manual camera lens is easily used with two modes of VR in both the image plane and the viewfinder. It makes for a clear shot and certainty of getting the framed shot a photographer is looking for in a picture. The lens also uses extra low dispersion glass for high-resolution and incorporates autofocus for quick shoots on the go.|
|Type||Image Stabilization, Telephoto|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||80-400mm|
|Camera Technology||Digital, Film|
Most relevant reviews
- projectmgr7Aug 29, 2006by
Excellent value and performance.
This Nikkor zoom is a lens that I would not want to live without. As with my other Nikkor lenses the value and quality are more apparent today than ever before.
Believe me when I say that I looked at this purchase very carefully. Not a day goes by that I am not glad I made the decision to purchase this lens.
For me the range has proven to be essential in capturing wildlife and particulary useful when covering sports.
What I like in particular are the range, quality, performance, size, weight and cost. The accessories including soft case, tripod mount, shade and packaging are first rate!
This lens works very well hooked to my D200!
My experience with the auto focus is that performance is much better than some other reviews would lead you to believe. Getting familiar with the various auto function options available via today's DSLR's have increased the performance I get from this lens.
Listen... a faster aperture would be great and so would AF-S but the reality is that Nikon does offer those feautures in other lenses. The size and cost also reflect the cost of such features and may well be worth it to some photographers.
That being said I wouldn't trade my 80-400mm AF-D ED VR for anything.
Talk to those who have owned one and used it extensively and better yet take a look at the images they produce with this lens.
My position after less than a year is that this lens is an exceptional value!
The more I use it the more I appreciate the build quality and performance aspects.
Size and weight feel very balanced and purposeful in my hand.
One last thing is that using Nikkor lenses with Nikon cameras and system offer too many benefits to properly cover here. At least that is my experience!
Good luck!Read full review
- giosfinaticMay 10, 2006by
The perfect all round lens
I love this lens. It gives the closeness of the 400 without the wt and bulk. The lens is about the same size, weight and length of the 80-200 but closeness that you can only get with a 400. The lens can be slow in low light but form most task. I have found it to focus quickly and always sharp.
- ghostpipefish22Sep 14, 2006by
Great Bang for Buck!
Sure, it is not a super fast lens like the AFS 300m f/4 but at you will not find a better Nikkor at this price bracket that gives you 400mm and VR to go. Images are sharp from 80mm all the way to 400mm and this lens excels when there is really good light (in bright days). Easy to carry for a 400mm and very suitable for my type (and possibly yours) of shooting where I move around a lot and birds are my target. I consider this a "light-strike" lens that presents extremely good value for 400mm, VR and of course, it's a Nikkor.
- ichthyheadJul 16, 2007by
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Zoom-Nikkor Lens
I purchased this lens for primarily wildlife photography when I switched over to digital with the Nikon D200. This lens is the best bet if you can't afford the high price telephoto lenses and besides, on a digital slr the lens is actually a 128mm-640mm! You can shoot a lot of wildlife with this range and the f5.6 is plenty good for sharp images, even for publication. The VR feature will spoil you. When I'm shooting elk or deer from my truck, I can do it offhand with great results! Although a steady rest is always recommended if it's convenient. Nikon also makes a VR telephoto zoom lens from 200-400, f4 (a whopping $5k), but for the extra money it's not worth paying for the extra stop you would gain. Even with a film camera, the lens is great. I highly recommend it!
- jmec_photoJan 25, 2007by
If you crave long reach, this could be a lens for you
Longer reach, more focal length, more zoom, call it what you want, we've all wished we had more at one time or another. This lens brings you wonderful focal range up to 400mm (that's 600mm for a digital SLR!) in a hand-holdable weight and size.
This lens will work (all functions supported) with all Nikon AF film bodies and all of their digital SLRs except the D40. A complete package comes with the front and rear caps, a tripod foot, a lens hood, a carrying case, and a manual.
At about $1250 (as of Jan 2007) used in good condition to over $1400 brand new, this is not a cheap lens. But considering the very useful range of 80-400mm and VR, it's not a bad value proposition. It's actually the least expensive way to get to 400mm using a Nikon lens. The image quality I get from this lens is very good but not as sharp as the pro lenses out there. I do wish it had AF-S (faster focusing) and was a bit faster (wider aperture) but that's the compromise of putting such a wide focal range in a lens that you should be able to walk around with all day without feeling like you've gone to the gym.
Overall, I would recommend this lens. Just be sure you are aware of its strengths and limitations before you plunk down your cash. Peace!Read full review