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Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 2.0 stops** of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD 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. Two modes of VR: image plane and viewfinder.

Filter does not rotate during zooming.

AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED 4 5 80 80
A great, very sharp lens, a bit slow to focus I have owned and used this lens extensively for the past several years. It is one of the first VR lenses and in some ways shows its age. It is slow to focus compared to the newer lenses but it is tack sharp and built like a tank. I have used it successfully for birds in flight with excellent results. Considering the prices of lenses I feel this one is a bargain. June 4, 2011
I'm in Love I am completely in love with this lens. It not only gives me a great deal of length but is amazingly fast. I love shooting sports and nature with this lens. It is clear and sharp. April 18, 2011
This lens works best when it has a lot of light. I have had this lens for over 3 years and it never lets me down. I use the lens on a D300 and a D700 with equally good results with both cameras. April 16, 2011
I have owned this long telle zoom for 6-7 years & it is exellent in every way .Used in Alaska shooting whales in the lite rain and no problem at all. blue angles air show came out supberb at 9 frames a sec. April 16, 2011
80-400mm Wide Zoom Range, Can Hand Hold I have been using my 80-400 VR for about 5 years now, shooting sailboat racing from on-the-water chase boats, SW Florida native and migratory birds along shorelines and at a National Wildlife Refuge, and frequent trips to a coastal fishing village in Mexico. I like the lens for the wide range of focal lengths and the fact that it can be hand-held for the sports and birds-in-flight images I go after. There is a learning curve, and a few points are: you need light as it is soft wide open; depress shutter part way to get the VR stabilized before you need it for those quick moving shots; shoot fast shutter speeds at the longer focal lengths to avoid lens movement when hand held. Practice and study your results. Learn the lens and it will do well what it was designed to do! April 15, 2011
dynamite zoom lens, extremely versatile In the course of my job I often need to document wildlife present in agricultural settings. This means shooting when the opportunity presents itself without the benefit of tripod or blind to set up. The vibration reduction feature is absolutely essential in this type of use and is one of the great advantages of digital photography. This is coming from an old Kodachrome 64 guy who never thought he would use much less like digital photography. April 14, 2011
Versatile and sharp lense. I wasnt' sure quite what to expect at first due to some other failed lenses. Mostly my fault for not buying Nikon, but this one did not let me down. I have only had it for a few months but the results are amazing. This is a quality lens with a wide variety of uses. If there was any drawback at all it would be the weight. But that's ok, I've been wanting to get back to working out anyway. April 14, 2011
I just love this Lens! I use this Lens most of the time! Love it. It's my Lens of Choice. I shoot with it at the Horse Shows and it brings in Crisp Clear action shots. It's good for the Candids I often do and it did an Outstanding Job in taking pictures of the Wildlife on Merrit Island, FL. Sometimes wish it had a lower f stop though. But outstand Lens anyway. I'm going to use it for a wedding, indoor, on April 16. Can't wait to see all the realy nice pictures I'll get with this combo. Thanks for a Great Product! April 1, 2011
Nikon classical products, which I know how to use I was looking for that lens for a couple of years, waiting for the new Nikon’s update of that zoom lens range, but 6 month ago I decided not to wait and get it in my Nikon lens collection. I used it with a D300 and D700. There were a lot of discussions about that lens, most sad that AF is too slow, …. Or, yes this is a “Dad’s Lens”, it is from the first generation of 5 times zoom range 80-400mm with VR. I am not only photographer, I am optical mechanical engineer, and I know that at the time, when this lens was designed, no one can do better. I go throw a several tests and find the way, how to use this lens with such body’s like D300 or D700. All the images were done during less than 5 minutes on D300. All of them were made near my house, on the busy road 20 (speed limit 35 miles/hour). The first 3 images with the 400mm and the rest 95mm. I can say that that lens pass my test, thank Nikon for the lens and the Pro Bodies, which can be adjusted for the old generation of the lens and make them be comparable with new generation. Thanks again. March 9, 2011
One of the best Nikon's classical products Since about 2 years I am using this lens with my D300 for nature photos and all kind of ships passing thru Bosphorus in Istanbul. Excellent working VR and excellent picture quality. It is also fast enough for sport if there is sufficient light available.Easy to carry ,because not that heavy and small in size compared with telephotos similar range. October 30, 2010
So glad I had it with me Just came back from a 12-day safari. This lens stayed on my D-300 90% of the time. A bit slow during late afternoon game drives but the other shots were amazing! October 1, 2010
Super quality My wife and I have been using this lense for wildlife photography. In a word it is "outstanding". Absolutely great for everything from antelope to marsh wrens and humming birds. Takes a bit of practice to get use to its operation but the quality is there if you do your part. August 18, 2010
Excellent for butterflies and airshows I like to go to a local lake to shoot photographs of butterflies and dragonflies. Ideally, I would use a macro lens, but the butterflies and dragonflies land on bushes that hang out over the water, making it impossible to use one. So I use the 80-400 mm zoom lens on a monopod, zoom out to 400 mm and focus on a butterfly about 8 to 10 feet away. With VR and the monopod, I am able to get some really sharp images. I call it my "long-distance macro lens." My only complaint is that the tripod mounting collar does not rotate smoothly, as it does on other Nikon lenses. August 4, 2010
I didn't know what sharp was... ...until I used this lens. I learned way late how important quality glass is. If I had it to do over, I would have spent much more, much earlier on lenses. This lens captures detail I never imagined possible. I use it not only for far distance, but fill the frame at near distance for incredibly detailed shots, and it makes me money. Thanks, Nikon, for making it affordable. July 31, 2010
Great lens, though a bit heavy. I bought this lens after my 70-300 finally bit the dust and I am very happy with it. The VR feature allows more handheld shooting opportunities than I would have thought possible considering it's weight. July 31, 2010
Very good field/birding lens I recently bought the D300 camera, which powers the lens better than my D90. For the reach, this lens is easy to carry and use in the field, and I have been very pleased with it for bird photography. July 31, 2010
Great lens - needs improvement I have owned this lens since 2002. I use it as my primary nature lens. Most of the time tripod mounted, but have used it, hand held, for many, many flight shots. It sometimes hunts while focusing. Solidly built, not too heavy to hand hold, but would be a much better lens with VRII and high speed interrnal focusing. Many of my photo assocfiates agree that it's time for improvements to this product. July 31, 2010
Lightweight and a must have for travelers. Have been a Nikon user for the past 15 years, and purchased this lens about 6 years ago. I travel overseas a lot and shoot from cars, trains, planes, riding the backs of camels, horses, donkeys, air balloons etc...the lens has not failed me once. I always have two cameras with me, one with a shorter lens, and the other has my 40-800mm. Do not leave home without it!!! July 31, 2010
Dated but Great!!! Another somewhat slow lens, but this was one of Nikon's first lens with VR. It works well and produces great immages at all ranges that I have used. It is married to my D300 and gives me the Long Lens that I wanted with other powers to boot. All in all a very good lens that I was able to buy used , in as new condition at a very fair price. In short, I love this lens. July 30, 2010
Excellent Nature Lens I use this lens for nature and event photography. It works well handheld at 1/400 shutter or higher in good light conditions. Sharp focus. July 30, 2010
Great zoom lens I have used this lens for several years now, and it has been a real keeper, yes it is a bit heavy to carry around, but the pictures are well worth the effort. This lens has been used for shots of birds and flowers, even sunrise,with awesome clarity good contrast. It is good to be able to go from a few feet to 400 mm is indeed remarkable, also the closeups, are outstanding. July 30, 2010
Great Lens for Sports Photos! I have been using this lens for 4 years. I take a lot of sports action photos. My grandsons play ice hockey and the lens is fantasic for shooting hockey pucks as it enters the net. You can zoom-in and just isolate the hockey net. July 30, 2010
Great Lens Been using this lens for about 4 years. Great lens for wildlife / sports photography. Excellent optics, crisp, clear results. VR is a little cumbersome but does help in lower light situations. July 30, 2010
What a lens This is a great lens. Handles well. Just a little heavy but the rewards are worth it. Needs to have a duplicator lens developed. July 30, 2010
Very good Lens I have had this lens for 8 months now, and it is my primary lens. Takes good sharp pictures, I like it very much, if I had to say anything negative about it, I find that it is a little slow to auto focus, but not enough to hurt anything. I use it to take bird photos most of the time. I would recommend it! July 30, 2010
great bang for the buck I did an Amazon River trip last November - met pro-photographer Bob Krist who has worked for Nikon and National Geographic. My D-200 - 18 - 200 Nikon zoom wasn't getting me the close up pics of the critters - particularly the birds, that I wanted. I asked him what an old man like me (age 75) should carry for max effect and minimum weight and he said your 16-85 and your 70-300. I bought those along with two D-300Ss and the battery packs and found them to increase my range considerably - but not quite enough. Scanning your list of lenses, the only increase focal length VR lens that I could afford was the 80 - 400 - this lens. I like it. I did a bird walk with a leader in Wisconsin's north woods and got some decent photos of warblers. The VR helps tremendously. In my youth, I was a serious rifle and pistol competitor so I have a very steady hand. In spite of that, the VR feature enhances my hold steadiness greatly. I carry it with a carbon fiber monopod attached which I sometimes extend and sometimes use as a hand-held steadier. It works. Great product. My favorite subject below is nature - but especially with a nude in the landscape - I have had my nudes shown - about 23 years ago - not trivial. July 30, 2010
Outstanding! This lens offers unique abilities that make challenging photography (such as sports and wildlife) much more practical. The image stabilization allows hand holding under a much broader range of conditions than conventional lenses and with a fast body can focus and operate at remarkable rates. I first used it on a small ship cruise in Alaska three years ago and it has become a favorite. Highly recommended! July 30, 2010
Fantastic lens Superb - a bit heavy but it is worth carrying it for the sharp, great color. July 30, 2010
A great lens! In the short time I've had this lens, I already love it. I use it on my Nikon D300s for nature shots. I've gotten very pleasing results with this lens - surprisingly sharp for hand held. Great for bird shots. The Bokeh is very pleasing. July 30, 2010
Great lens, excellent value I've been using this lens for the last 4 years, obtaining fantastic pictures in all areas (travel, sports, safaris, bird watching.. etc). The price is OK for the quality of the product. It is very well built, July 15, 2010
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80mm-400mm F4.5-5.6 zoom lens

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Is there a telecoverter that will work with this lens on a D3X or D7000 ?
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I just want to add to the Staff answer about TC-201, which you can get from the manual of that lens on page 21:
"Optional accessories"
Teleconverter TC-201 (Vibration reduction mode is not effective and only manual focus is available.)
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I will not suggest use any teleconverter to the lens with aperture 1/5.6, because all AF sensors on Nikon SLR and DSLR are limited with aperture 1/5.6.
With 1.4X teleconverter aperture of that lens will change from 1/5.6 to 1/8
With 2.0X teleconverter aperture of that lens will change from 1/5.6 to 1/11
As more bigger aperture changes as more slow and not accuracy will be AF and in low light conditions it will be too bad.
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This lens is only compatible with the TC-201, but there is occasional vignetting.
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Will the AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED work properly with all it's functions with my Nikon D60

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Yes but you really should grt a more proffesional body to use like a 300 s or even a used d-300.
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Hi Dave
I think it is not for D60
Lenses type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
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Will the AF on Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED work on a D50 Camera?

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Will the AF on Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED work on a D50 Camera?
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I am very sorry, but Staff answer is not correct at all.
You can use this lens, but AF will be limited only in very low light situation, where with standard lenses you usually need to use AF assist illuminator function.
And the reason why is very simple:
In D50 "TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM900 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator have range approximately 0.5–3.0 m / 1´8˝–9´10˝ "(see page 130 (Technical Notice-specifications).
And shooting distance scale for VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D lens "graduated in meters and feet from 2.3m (8 ft) to infinity "(see manual page 21, specification).
So theoretically D50 AF assist illuminator with VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D lens can work only in range 2.3m till 3.0m, if the body of the lens will not block the light from AF assist illuminator.
By the same reason in D50 manual (Page 107) you can find that:
"AF assist is not available with the following lenses:
• AF-S VR ED 70–200 mm f/2.8G
• AF ED 80–200 mm f/2.8D
• AF-S VR ED 200–400 mm f/4G
• AF-S VR 300 mm f/2.8G
• AF-S ED 80–200 mm f/2.8D
• AF VR ED 80–400 mm f/4.5–5.6D
• AF-S VR 200 mm f/2G"

But this lens is not for too low light conditions, where you can not see the object without AF assist illuminator function.

Good luck., I think you will love this lens
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Yes, you can use this lens on the D50, but it might block the AF-assist iluminator at ranges under 1m. Note that the camera may not be able to focus using the autofocus if the AF-assist iluminator is blocked.
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Will this lense work with a D5000? Will it autofocus?

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Sorry, you can can use this lens with D5000 only in manual AF mode.
D5000 do not have internal autofocus motor and AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED do not have it also.

If you need lenses with AF function for your D5000, you can use Nikkor lens starting from "AF-S ... ", which have internal AF motor.

Good luck
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Yes, absolutely.
AF-S lenses offer the highest level of compatibility with new Nikon DSLRs.
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Will this lense (AF VR Zoom 80-400mm) work with a D5000? Will it autofocus?

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The reason I ask this question again is because the kind person who answered it earlier mentioned that AF-S lenses work with the D5000. However, if I read the above description right the lense is an AF not an AF - S.
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Although I do not have any experience with the D5000 body I'm guessing that the issue is that it does not have a focus motor built in. This lens should still work with a body that does not have a focus motor as the motor is built into the lens. The issue of AF vs. AF-S is speed. The old AF system is just slower.
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D5000 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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FX format lens with a DX format camera,

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Although the focal length will change using a FX format lens with a DX format camera, is there also a photo quality reduction. For example, I want to shoot wildlife with the AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400MM F4.5-5.6 ED lens using a D40x or a D7000, With the 1.5 increases, do I lose clarity?
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Theoretically it can happened, if the resolution of the lens is poor,
but AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED resolution is very high and with DX camera with the same image size or bigger (I think till 24 MPS) you will only win in details.
On DX format at 400mm this lens will have sharper corners than on FX.
Just take a look on MTF charts for 400mm and keep in mind that the max diameter corner in DX format is ~14,4mm.
Blue broken Meridional line for FX format corner ~0.13,
for DX format ~ 0.5.
That is much, much better.
With this lens on DX format you will win twice: second one - you will be closely to the wildlife, but use D7000 (it is better).
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Will the AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400 fit and autofocus on the D5100?

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Doesn't seem to even allow full zoom range.
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It does focus full range but is slow to focus from long range to short.
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It will fit but wont autofocus.
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how do i maintain focus on the fast moving subject?

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Whilst shooting animals or birds, what is the best way to maintain focus?
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I would set the focus on Continuous focus and the camera will follow the subject as it moves and keep it in focus. Another method that I use in car and bike races, is to manually focus on a spot in the road that I know that they will be passion, and set up the exposure for that scene. I then face the spot so that my body is parallel to that position and is stable. then keeping my feet placed forward, I rotate my body to where the vehicle is coming, and I am in a somewhat unstable position. then keeping my camera rangefinder spot on the persons head I follow their action until just before my stable spot and press the shutter button. Of course, you can do the same thing using the burst mode. Another way is to press the shutter button down half way on you selected spot, locking the focus and exposure, then rotating your body as before to see the vehicle coming, and they depress the shutter button the rest of the ay when you are pointed in the forward direction. don't forget to follow through in your panning action.
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will this lense work for sports like motocross racing ?
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No it won't, AF is far too slow. You won't even be able to take pictures. The ones you do get will be blurry. This lens is ancient and the AF is pathetically slow. Many of my friends bought it for airshow/aviation photography and never use it because all the AF does is hunt.
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I understand that the 80-400mm AF ED Nikkor has to be manually focused on the D3200, but is auto exposure metering still available?

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UK south coast
Favorite Subject: Landscape
Nikon Family: 11-20 years
Experience: More than a year
Role: Semi-professional photographer
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The 80-400 does not have a focusing motor and so the camera must have a focusing motor to allow auto focus to occur. The D3200 does not have a focusing motor, so this lens does not autofocus on the D3200. All metering and exposure functions work fine with this lens on the D3200. The only limitation is the autofocus.
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Napa, CA
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Napa, CA
Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Nature
Nikon Family: 21+ years
Experience: 1-3 months
Role: Semi-professional photographer

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The only thing that won't achieve is auto AF, besides that everything else is available.
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