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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 81 81
Decent lens... Decent lens, but can be a little too soft in certain situations. April 14, 2011
Some Resevations. The first one of these I recieved locked up and would not work. After some research and persisitence I returned it and it was quickly replaced with a new one. Excellent support and responce. I was very happy. The one I got and have kept works well--- except if you are zoomed all the way in to 400mm it will not auto focus. If you back out just a touch say 398mm it works fine. Why??? I don't know. I did not not want to go through returning it a second time . I have learned to just deal with it. July 31, 2010
Good Optically, Slow focusing and stiff zoom I've used this lens for a couple of years now and while I've been happy with the optical performance the slow screwdriver autofocus is out dated makes this lens unsuitable for photographing most moving targets. Other negatives - the zoom control is extremely stiff and after a day at an airshow your wrist will ache! The zoom range of 80-400 is superb for aircraft photography! I've been waiting patiently for Nikon to upgrade this lens to an AF-S configuration with high speed focusing but unfortunately I'm going to have to look at changing brands and buy the lens and camera most used by keen aircraft photographers - the Canon 100-400 F4.5/5.6 IS offers the high speed focusing, newer VR all at a price comparable to the 80-400. July 30, 2010
Good, but not perfect Overall, I like the lens, but there are definitely things about it that I don't like: . * It's not crisp when focusing at infinity. The shots I take at its highest focal length (near 400mm) are marginal, but usable. * The helpfulness of the vibration reduction is debatable. When I'm shooting indoors in a quiet room (say, in the back of an auditorium during a speech), often times, the VR is too noisy and distracting to the other people around me, and I have to switch it off. The camera feels slower when I'm using the VR, too, as if it has too many calculations to perform. When I need to rapid fire in order to capture a moment, most often, it's best to turn off the VR. Moreover, when using the VR, I can't really see any improvement in picture quality. * The rubber zoom ring has come completely loose on my lens. I've had the lens for over four years, though, so it's understandable that this could happen. * The belt loop of the pouch that came with the lens tore after a few months of use. I've been using another company's belt pouch ever since with no problems, so I've never gotten the original one repaired. . I should also mention that I originally purchased another company's version of this same lens, but didn't like it at all, and traded it in for the Nikon. I'm glad I did; Nikon's version of this lens is definitely more solidly constructed than its competitor's. . Despite its shortcomings, I'd still recommend this lens. It has a good range of focal lengths for a relatively reasonable price. I've found that it is sufficient for covering just about any sporting event as the action moves closer to and farther from me. July 30, 2010
Relatively affordable sharp lens The lens is sharp, but heavy and very slow focusing. The Manual/Autofocus switch is sometimes difficult to operate since it sticks and does not turn smoothly. Nicely made and comes with a good case. July 30, 2010
Slow to focus and it hunts a lot, but a sound lens The first one I had did not focus well at all. After two trips to the Nikon repair station and a letter to the president of Nikon USA, Nikon replaced the lens. The replacement has produced several fine images. That said, I have found that it is slow to focus and intermittently, it hunts when it focuses. If you have patience, you can do very good work with it. I find it to be less predictable than other Nikon lenses I have. July 30, 2010
Why fair? Well, the 80-400mm isn´t a lens for wildlife photos, because it isn´t sharp and the focus is too slow. I think that the Nikon should do a new one, further if the Nikon make a new one better than the oldest they will increase the number of new photograph with Nikon cameras. Why a think that? Here in Brazil, I heard many peolple say that went to Canon because of the 100-400mm. I wouldn´t recommend the 80-400mm for wildlife. With you want a good lens for a standard wildlife photography, the 70-300mm is better than a 80-400mm (I have both). May 29, 2012
Good - Only in the right situations I owned this lens a couple of years ago...and it was too slow for wildlife photography. The lens isn't made for low-light shooting...which is when much of the wildlife world is up and moving, morning and evening. So...read the specs and reviews and don't expect it to do things it naturally can't with it's f-stop range. It should be obvious that it won't perform well without sufficient light! Other than that...it was good for soccer and family photos, etc during the day. I now own the 200 - 400 f/4 zoom...WOW...what a lens!! so Dave...don't talk about the other guy's 100 - 400 until you've strapped on a 200 - 400! April 26, 2011
Very Disappointing Lens I own many Nikkor Lenses and this is the only one with which I am disappointed. I have three major problems with the lens. First, the autofocus being outdated is very slow. Second, images exposed at 400mm and f/5.6 are extremely soft. I recently used the lens on my D90 to take many pictures of Big Horn Sheep and I could not believe how soft the images were. Third, the cost of the lens is much too high for the image quality produced. I have really tried to get to like this lens, but every time that I give it another chance, it continues to disappoint. I regret having purchased the lens and don't expect that it will see much use, if any, in the future. April 17, 2011
Sorry, just not a great lens I have a love/hate relationship with this lens. When used right, it is a good, albeit not great lens, but it focuses too slowly even on my D2X, it is less sharp than I would like, and poorly balanced. Not a lens I can recommend to friends or acquaintances. Perhaps if AF-S and/or a constant f/4 lens it might be better. January 3, 2011
Not sharp near infinity I have owned this lens for over a year and up until recently have not recorded many images at/near infinity focus. Of late I have had the need to shoot 400mm at infinity and found the lens to be very soft. I returned the lens to Nikon for repairs. The list of things done to it by Nikon was extensive, and fortunately under warranty. Immediately upon receiving it back from repair, I placed it on a rock-solid tripod and head, to do a test shoot. Using mirror lock-up, an electronic shutter release, and 1/500 sec. I am not seeing the sharpness I am accustomed to in Nikon products. Dissappointed at the least. December 17, 2010
Very disappointed Very disappointed in this lens - extremely slow to focus - returned it and bought the 200-400 VR f/4ED which is a GREAT LENS! May 31, 2013
Unuseable for Sports Doesn't matter how hard I tried, could not focus sharply at all on subject when zoomed between 3 and 400mm. This lens is essentially unuseable. October 3, 2011
Please upgrade this lens In it's day, a good lens. For birding it's light and mobile. But the speed of AF is archaic. Five years ago I knew five bird photographers who used this lens as a quickie point and shoot. Today I'm the only one left. All the others are now Canon users -- mostly because of their 100-400. I've been waiting for an upgrade. Please, or I too will go to the dark side. April 18, 2011
The lens is mechanically sound, but optically poor This lens has been a major disappointment. Images throughout the zoom range just are not sharp. A friend who has the 70-300 that costs a third of this lens get tack sharp images. We often shoot wildlife photos together, and there is no comparison. I don't know if this is a problem with this individual lens, or this model generally. Hopefully, it is a problem with this lens and not the design. I am looking to replace it at this time. April 14, 2011
Product has many great features such as lightness, This product needs to be refreshed. Like it because it is light and easy to carry. The auto focus gets clogged with dust and dirt, then it stops working. Nikon charges 400 dollars to clean. Auto focus is slow and there is no great teleconverter for it. Many have called this lens the worst in the Nikon line. I have a love-hate relationship with It. Sometimes the limits are jumped when it attempts to auto focus on other occasions the auto focus gets stuck at minimum distance. This is a problematic lens. August 2, 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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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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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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