Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm Review: f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

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A highly anticipated update to Nikon’s immensely popular AF 80-400mm telephoto lens, the new AF-S 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens boasts an improved optical construction that easily meets the demands of today’s DSLRs.

Last updated on 26th September 2021 12:45 am
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm Review: f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm Review: f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens



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Price history for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
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  • £1,999.00 - 8th July 2021
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  • Highest Price: £1,999.00 - 8th July 2021
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Specification: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm Review: f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Item Package Dimensions L x W x H 33.3 x 25.1 x 23.9 cm
Mounting Type
Item Dimensions L x W x H 20.3 x 9.6 x 9.6 cm
Item Weight (Kilograms) 1.57
Has Image Stabilization
Included Components AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, Lens Hood, Lens Case
Max Focal Length (millimetres)
Min Focal Length (millimetres)
Model Year 2013
Package Weight (Kilograms) 2.85
Size Name 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G
Part Number
Focus Type
Photo Filter Thread Size (millimetres)
Shipping Weight (Kg) 2.8
Item model number 2208
Batteries: 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Date First Available
Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars1,560 customer ratings
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2 reviews for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm Review: f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

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  1. Victor

    – This lens perfectly compliments my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 with performance that you would expect from a professional lens.- You don’t need biceps the size of mount Everest to use it; It doesn’t weigh a ton and can be easily used hand held for long periods, being about half the weight of the f/2.8- VRIII really does help keep things steady, better than the VRII of the f/2.8 and this is really useful when you want to keep the ISO as low as possible for maximum image quality (Although the F/2.8 can have an advantage under certain conditions, especially if one needs a higher shutter speed in very low light).- Auto-focus is fast and deadly accurate and consistent; It locks on target like an Exocet missile: I gave this lens a real workout under a variety of demanding conditions and I was impressed by the auto-focus performance; it’s not fool proof, but very nearly. There is a switch on the lens to limit the minimum focus to 3m for even faster focusing on more distant subjects; on full focus range setting minimum focus is 1m, better than the f/2.8- Optical performance is truly excellent and the bokeh is really pleasing, the lens is very sharp wide open at f/4 (as is also the f/2.8).- It gives you a true 200mm zoom on close up and does not suffer from the focus breathing of the f/2.8- It’s significantly cheaper than the f/2.8 so it won’t feel like it has cost you the Earth, although it’s not cheap by any means.So what’s no so good about this lens? Hmm! Nothing really as far as the lens goes, but there’s one little niggle and that is Nikon only provides a soft pouch and not a professional case to protect this lens and for a professional grade lens at this price, that’s a bit disappointing; Nikon provides a decent case with the f/2.8, but not for the f/4 model.The main reasons why I did not go for the f/2.8 was the focus breathing issue which does not give a true 200mm on closely focused subjects and also the fact that the minimum focus distance was limited to 4.5 feet. I could live with the weight of the f/2.8 but when you buy a 200mm zoom you expect to get 200mm no matter how far, or near the subject is and often one needs to get in a little bit closer; the f/4 model does the job nicely. The f/4 is in my view a very good lens for portrait work and more comfortable to use being lighter than the f/2.8

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  2. David Williams

    This lens is simply superb, as you would expect from a nikon pro series lens. Very sharp with great detail even at 100% crop. Took it to croft racing circuit for the Dunlop BTCC racing weekend and was not disappointed. Very fast focusing, very steady for hand-held panning with VR II enabled. I cannot praise this lens enough and I hope it is a life-time investment.Please note this is a big and heavy lens especially when paired with the D810. That said though, I hand-held the camera and lens all day (9.30am till 5pm) with no problem as it is really well balanced. Expensive yes but we’ll worth the investment if you want a zoom lens that shoots like a prime

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