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Nikkor 80-400mm VR

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.

The VR works wonderfully.


  • Nice range: 80-400mm

  • VR, and it works

  • Not too heavy

  • Cons:

  • 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.

    To see more thoughtout and scientific reviews on this lens, follow the following links:
    Review by Bjørn Rørslett.

    Review by Thom Hogan.

    A few random photos (from gallery 'Icefield Parkway, Canadian Rockies' taken with this lens (click thumbs for bigger versions):