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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.

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VR is automatically detected during panning operation. Two modes of VR: image plane and viewfinder.

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AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED 4 5 81 81
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
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
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
Awesome Lens and a great price I just added this lens to my stable of Nikon lenses. It is a great all around lens. I do wildlife photography as well as sports photography. I have found the lens to be a fantastic addition. July 29, 2011
The Best I have owned the 80x400 zoom for several years now and still find it to be an outstanding lens. Its versatility in focal length coupled with VR makes it my pick for wildlife photography. I cannot tell you how many elk, moose, RM sheep, deer and birds I have shot with it and all came out great! July 1, 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.

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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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 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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Please visit our Learn and Explore website for Photography Techniques:
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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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