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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
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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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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Basking Ridge, Bernards, NJ 07920, USA
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Basking Ridge, Bernards, NJ 07920, USA
Age: 45-54
Favorite Subject: Nature
Nikon Family: 6-10 years
Experience: More than a year
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist
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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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Doug
Massachusetts
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Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Landscape
Nikon Family: 21+ years
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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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AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
 
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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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AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED
 
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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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