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Nikon AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Lens


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3.7 of 5 (3 reviews) see reviews
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This versatile, compact and lightweight zoom is ideal for wildlife and action photography and includes Nikon’s VR image stabilization technology.

Model: 1996

  • Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization - Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture
  • 3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for high resolution and high contrast even at maximum apertures
  • VR is automatically detected during panning operation
  • 2 modes for VR: image plane and viewfinder
  • Filter does not rotate during zooming


  • HB-24 hood
  • CL-M1 case
  • 77mm lens cap
  • Rear lens cap

Size: 3 5/8" diameter x 6 3/4"L

Weight: 47 oz.


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Oldie but Goodie  

Review by: Continental    Europe 07 Sep 2012
What's great about it?
Long range affordable bazooka.
What's not so great?
Slow focus and 1st generation VR
I've had mine for almost a decade and from 80-300mm it is as sharp as any of the 80-200mm f2.8. Autofocus is slow for tracking subjects but this lens is not meant for that. Shoot things that don't move or landscapes and you'll be fine. Images at 400mm are certainly useable if you need the reach. And the compact size compared to the 200-400mm and 400mm f2.8 beasts mean that you will actually carry it with you every where.

1 of 1 shoppers found the above review helpful.

Soft... not sure I like this...  

Review by: grossman    AK 23 Apr 2012
What's great about it?
Impressive zoom range.
What's not so great?
Soft at all focal lengths.
The quality of this lens (the mechanical aspect) is ok. It's a bit slow AF-wise, but that's a lot of stuff to be moving around. I do not like how soft every focal length is. Every shot I've taken is soft, whether fully auto, fully manual or a little bit of each. I've played with my camera settings and have decided this lens is just not worth the time or effort (let alone the money). I've given it a three, as it's a Nikon, but that's being generous. Better to get a 70-300 VR; it's cheaper and takes sharper pics.

3 of 3 shoppers found the above review helpful.

80% solution  

Review by: Charles    California 26 Feb 2011
What's great about it?
Versatile, long "reach".
What's not so great?
Expensive, slow AF, could be sharper at 400mm.
Sharp up to about 300mm, soft at 400mm. Does not have AF-S auto focus so it is slow. Still, on a D300 I have photos that I could not have taken without it. I (along with many others) am waiting for the replacement with AF-S and VR II.

6 of 6 shoppers found the above review helpful.

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