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The ultimate medium to super-telephoto zoom lens.

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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
A-M
Photo shot with the AF VR Zoom-NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED lens of farm equipment on a lawn in the fog

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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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
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 12, 2015
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 16, 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
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AF VR 80-400mm will no longer auto-focus on my D200. Help Please.

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This lens will no longer auto-focus on my D200. My other lens, AF-S 18-200mm, will still auto-focus. Does anyone have any suggestions on what setting I might have wrong on the lens, or what I should try to get this lens once again auto-focusing? Thanks.
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Do you have a local camera shop? Have them check the lens on another Nikon with built in screw drive, this should at least narrow it down to a lens or camera problem. Side note, I don't know your level of experience but I assume you remember to turn the camera "off" when changing lenses.
It could be a bad screw drive motor and that is why the AF-S lens is working.
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What alternative body would you recommend?
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Won't a.uto focus on the D5300, neither the camera or lens have a built in focus Motors
You would need to go to.the D7000 or D7100, both have focus motors (screw drive).
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Does the lens come with the tripod mount shown in the photo?

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The tripod collar on the AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED comes with the lens.
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80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Not Sharp

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My 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D is 7 years old and up until just recently has served me well. I've noticed that images just don't see as sharp as they used to be. I'm wondering if I should send it in to get checked out?

I am shooting with a Nikon D600.

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Please contact Nikon Support for assistance. If you post your question online you can add sample images for the Nikon Team to review: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/co... .
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Will this lens work on my Nikon D3200 Camera?

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Yes but will be manual focus only
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af vr zoom-nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D work on a D7100 camera?

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Hello. When I turn the VR ON ,my D750 freeze up. Is it normal? Appreciate your atention .

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Will autofocus work with D7200?

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