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If you’re looking for a compact, versatile telephoto zoom lens that handles portraiture as well as it handles long-distance wildlife and action photography, look no further than the AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED. With the broadest focal length range in our super-telephoto zoom lineup, it reduces the number of lenses you need to carry into the field and expands your handheld shooting capabilities, thanks to Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. Create spectacular photos and HD videos, in any light, from any distance.
Vibration Reduction
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
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Any subject. Any light.

Remarkable versatility and performance

Travel light. Shoot with confidence. The AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED covers the broadest focal length range of any NIKKOR super-telephoto zoom lens. At 80mm, its an ideal medium-telephoto portrait lens. At 400mm, its a powerful super-telephoto lens suited to wildlife and action photography. Slow down your shutter speed and capture brilliant shots in low-light situations—Nikon’s VR image stabilization will keep your photos and HD videos razor-sharp.
Photo of a bird in a tree shot with the AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED lens

Sharp, brilliant images

The Nikon VR advantage

Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 2.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. This opens a new range of handheld and low-light shooting opportunities. When you’re using a tripod, the VR system delivers a specialized correction to reduce the camera shake caused by the shutter release.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
A-M
A-M
A-M stands for Auto-Manual Mode. Thanks to a mechanism incorporated in the lens barrel, smooth focusing operation in Manual focus mode is realized in the same way as users have become accustomed to with conventional manual-focus lenses by adding an appropriate torque to the focus ring.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Affordable Long Reach I purchased the AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED because I wanted a longer reach than the 24-85 I had. There are other lenses with a 400mm reach, but those are also 4x to 7x times more expensive. As long as it captues a sharp image of a steady subject using a tripod, there's no reason why it can't be used to get sharp images in other situations so long as how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO relates to produce an image is understood. I first used it to photograph cityscapes at night back in the days of film. The exposures were long (several minutes) focused at infinity so I always used a sturdy tripod that could handle the weight of both camera and lens. The autofocus is slow when zoomed in and also hard to see what to focus on so I would start with the lens zoomed out, focus, then zoom in because what's in focus stays in focus throughout the zoom range. I've used it to photograph a motorcyle race with the lens handheld and manually focused. It was a good thing I read an article about how a photographer during races got sharp images that were printed on magazines because using his technique helped me improve my skills and loved the results. Basically it's to focus where a moving subject will be. I'm not saying the autofocus of the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D is bad. Amazing images can still be had without the assistance of autofocus in case this lens is to be used with an entry-level DSLR which can't use the autofocus feature of "D" lenses. I've used it's autofocus to photograph jets doing flybys. The VR is nice and anything to reduce camera shake when handholding is appreciated. If making a video, the sound VR makes might not be what you want recorded so using an off-camera microphone is recommended. I've had the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D for over 10 years and still use it to this day. July 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great lens for the money. I purchased this lens for a whale watching trip to Mexico. I like the weight of the lens. Easy to hold. The picture of the white wing dove was the very first picture with this lens. January 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Value for a Quality, Portable, Telephoto Zoom Lens This first generation Nikon 80-400mm auto focus zoom lens was Nikon's first vibration reduction (VR) lens. I have owned it for over ten years and it continues to amaze me in terms of optical quality, resolution, and portability. Below is a photo of a Giant Panda taken with a Nikon D700 camera body, a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/5.6, an ISO of 200, a focal length of 270mm, an exposure mode of Program, a light meter mode of Matrix, and a white balance mode of Auto. A Nikon SB-800 Speedlight was used for fill flash to enhance the colors of the panda's fur. October 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Extremely useful on the move Most reports on this lens indicated slow focusing and average image quality, and my first hand-held shots of flying birds confirmed it at relatively high shutter speeds (1/800 and more) with VR on. I then took a series of hand-held shoots of still subjects at 400mm from my balcony and I discovered that the images where very sharp at relatively low shutter speeds (around 1/400 and no more than 1/600). That appears to indicate that the VR system needs such a time window to average its effect. On the other hand, this lens does not have a built-in focusing motor, and autofocusing relies on the camera (only Nikon cameras with a focusing motor are compatible with the feature). Autofocusing is indeed slow. Nevertheless, the lens allows for the selection of autofocus ranges, and I found that, with the proper range, and when it has little tracking to do (for example, following a bird that took off from a standing point), the success rate is surprisingly high at 400mm, with very sharp images (DX format). Around 200mm, the images are comparable to best obtained with my other lenses. Although not light, this lens is very well balanced for hand-held shots on a D300 with its power grip, it offers a 12x magnification in the DX format, and the whole set can be comfortably carried, ready to use, in a backpack with a 18-200mm zoom and a flash unit. November 25, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by good I like this lens it's range is great. Only thing I would like to see is to make it a bit faster to focus faster. August 15, 2011
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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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What teleconverter is compatable with this lens?

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This lens is not compatible with teleconverters due to the rear element which would contact the teleconverter lens.
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I will not suggest use any teleconverter to the lens with aperture 1/5.6, because most AF on Nikon SLR and DSLR is limited with aperture 1/5.6.
AF with 1.4X, 1.7X or 2.0x will be mush slow and not accuracy.
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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.

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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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Please click on the link below for more information:
Answer Title: Please explain FX sensor size, DX sensor size, and the angle of view.
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Will this lens FIT and WORK well and OK with my Nikon D80?

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In a word, Yes! This lens will work well with any Nikon DSLR no matter the size of the sensor. With your camera and its 1.5 crop factor this lens gives you the field of view of a 600 mm lens.
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D80.
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Will the VR feature of this lens work well with my Nikon D90?

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and on every other body made by Nikon.
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yes, it will
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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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