Nikkor 80-400mm VR
- Lens Construction: 17 elements in 11 groups (3 ED)
- Picture Angle: 30-6 degrees
- Minimum Focus Distance: 7.5 ft.
- Maximum Reproduction Ratio (Macro Setting): 1:4.8
- Attachment/ Filter Size: 77mm
- Dimensions (diameter x length - in.): 3.6 x 6.7 in.
- Weight (oz.): 47 oz.
- Nikon Lens Hood: HB-24
This is the first Nikkor lens that equipped with VR (Vibration Reduction) technology.Nice range: 80-400mm
The VR works wonderfully.
VR, and it works
Not too heavy
AF is slow! I wish it has AF-S
Slow lens too, F/4.5-5.6. This used to be not a problem to me, when I don't have any pro quality lenses. Now as I have more and more F/2.8 glasses, I am sick on this.
Optical quality is average, especially on the long side (focal length beyond 300mm).
Pricy. I think Nikon charged a premium on this lens for being the first lens in their lenses line-up that comes with VR. However, compares to the other VR lenses and also its IS counterpart from Canon camp, it is too expensive.
Tripod collar is shaky, so I ended up replacing it with a dedicated tripod collar from Kirk Photo. The NC80-400 works wonderfully, it also gives more stable and comfortable support when handholding the lens. But this does not come with a cost -- now I can't reverse the lens hood when I store the lens in my cama
Overall, I will rate this lens to 3.5-4 stars.
A few random photos (from gallery 'Icefield Parkway, Canadian Rockies' taken with this lens (click thumbs for bigger versions):
To see more thoughtout and scientific reviews on this lens, follow the following links:
Review by Bjørn Rørslett.
Review by Thom Hogan.