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

The Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR is a super telephoto zoom lens designed for Nikon Full Frame (FX) cameras. It can also be used on Nikon APS-C (DX) cameras as well and will give an equivalent field of view to a 120-600mm lens on a full frame body.

When this lens was announced the price was a real shock. This lens was replacing the original AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens, but added the Silent Wave autofocus for faster and quieter focus operation. That seemed like a huge price jump for just the focus improvement, but after initial tests showed the image quality was also improved the new price was a little more palatable. The lens has come down from the initial price of $2700 to around $2300.

Pricing*

  • Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR - $2299.95

*Pricing from Manufacturer's website - Current selling price may be different.

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Specs

Focal Length 80 - 400 mm
Max Aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/32-44
Minimum Focus distance 68.9 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.20x
Number of Elements 20
Number of Groups 12
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 9
Filter Size 77 mm
Diameter 3.8 in.
Length 8 in.
Weight 3.45 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar Included
Weather Sealed No
Distance Scale Yes - No Hyper Focal Markings
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Included

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