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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-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. With the broadest focal length range in our super-telephoto zoom line-up, 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 nearly any light, from nearly any distance.




ED (Extra low Dispersion) and Super ED Glass
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
IF Lens
Nano Crystal Coat
Super Integrated Coating
A/M
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Two photos of a wild cat, one a close up portrait, the other of the cat's mouth open in a yawn taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Any subject. Any distance.

Remarkable versatility and performance

Travel light. Shoot with confidence. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR covers the broadest focal length range of any NIKKOR super-telephoto zoom lens. At 80mm, its an ideal medium-telephoto portrait lens. Create stunning portraits with a medium telephoto perspective and softly blurred backgrounds. At 400mm, its a powerful super-telephoto lens suited to wildlife and action photography, with or without a tripod. For dazzling close-ups with macro detail, get as close as 5.7 feet from your subject and zoom in to 400mm—you'll be amazed by the results!
photo of a train silhouetted against an orange sky taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

Sharp, beautiful images in any light

Nikon's VR image stabilization with Tripod Auto Detect

At super-telephoto focal lengths, even the slightest camera movement can cause image blur. Fortunately, the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR features Nikon's second-generation Vibration Reduction technology to ensure every handheld photo and HD video is razor-sharp. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 4 stops of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR even detects when you're using a tripod and automatically delivers specialized VR correction.
Photo taken with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR of a bullet train in the foreground and mountain in the background

A lifetime of brilliant performance

Nikon innovations for consistently stunning images

Nikon's innovations in optical design and lens technology have given way to a remarkable new class of NIKKOR lenses. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is among them. From its Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing to its Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for maximum contrast and minimum lens flare and ghosting, you can expect a lifetime of consistent brilliant performance. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is equally at home on DX- or FX-format Nikon cameras.
*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.
ED (Extra low Dispersion) and Super ED Glass
ED (Extra low Dispersion) and Super ED Glass
ED Glass is an optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. Super ED glass exhibits an even lower refractive index and lower light dispersion than ED glass, while excelling at eliminating secondary spectrum and correcting chromatic aberration.
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.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
A/M
A/M
A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.
M/A
M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
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Bonafide 400mm Super Telephoto Lens This Nikon 80-400mm second generation lens is a significant improvement over the original lens (Nikon's first VR lens). Not only is the auto focus on this newer lens faster, due to the introduction of the AF-S function, the optics are redesigned as well. The size and weight of this lens allow one to conveniently walk around with a very powerful focal length. Attached is a photo of an unsuspecting sidewalk entertainer in Las Vegas, Nevada, taken on "The Strip" (South Las Vegas Boulevard) near the Bellagio Hotel. The shutter speed is 1/250, the aperture is f/5.6, the ISO is 125, and the focal length is 330mm, taken with a Nikon D800 camera body. October 7, 2014
Very versatile lens. Sports. Stop Action. Portraits. Great resolving power. Pairs very well with FX body. Love it. Been using this lens for over 1 year now. Can't say enough about it. It's been fantastic with D7100, D610 and D750. It's become the goto portrait and pet around the house lens, too. Didn't expect that. It started as a 2 kids in soccer lens. We have a 28-300 FX VR lens on the camera all the time. And a quick swap to this lens for games was the plan, and works very well for that. As I said, portraits and pet shots (handheld or tripod from 15 feet) are AWESOME. It was a big purchase but FX glass holds its value much better than camera bodies. I can freeze action and see my sons faces clearly from the other corner of the field in daylight game shots with an FX body. I'd do it again in a second. October 4, 2014
Very nice lens, handheld or tripod! Still amazed at its performance on my D800 and D810, I've had it for 7 months. July 31, 2014
Fantastic lens - a must have Just love this lens. Easy to use, sharp and crisp. You can spend the money for big glass but why? July 22, 2014
Rock Solid Very well constructed sharp at close to 400 mm. I consider this a must have lens for wildlife and day light sports. It focuses fairly quickly on my D 700 and I don't consider it a soft focus. At 46 oz it requires a monopod or a tripod to keep it steady. When possible I shoot at higher shutter speeds 500 and above. If your wondering should I buy this lens or should I spend the really big money for the F2.8 200-400 if you have 6000.00 by all means get the F 2.8. But this lens does a great job I feel like with a little care it should hold up just fine. May 1, 2014
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Does the lens have a limit switch?

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How far does the barrel extend fully zoomed??

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A couple of inches. 11 inches total length at 400mm
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How does the lens shoot in artificial light i.e. football field at night?

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This lens is not the type of lens you would want to shoot a sporting event at night with. The articles in the link below explains why.
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...

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Is the lens compatible with the Nikon Teleconverters?

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TC14 will work with the right body, must be autofocus capable at f/8 max aperture.
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Does this lenses mate with extension tubes for close ups?

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I'm looking for a travel lenses with more reach than my 70-300mm VR lenses.
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Yes, it will work with extension tubes just like any other lens, but it is a heavy lens, so you need to be careful and preferably use some high quality, strongly-constructed tubes.
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is the TC20 *really* compatible with this new lens?

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the compatibility table for tc's has been updated to list the 1.4, 1.7 & 2.0 tc's to be compatible with this lens so long as the camera supports AF up to f/8.
Is this correct for the TC20?
Wouldn't the range of this camera go from 4.5-5.6 to 9-11.2 with a tc20, or am I misunderstanding something?
Even at f/9 it wouldn't make any difference if the camera supported af at f/8 would it?
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You have asked this question too many times. Yes it is compatible. Please refer to your lens manual.
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Is the new 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G lens compatible with the TC-20E III teleconverter?

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Here is the compatibility chart:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/Common-Assets/Images/Teleconverter-Compatibility/EN_Comp_chart.html
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what is the length of the lens fully extended at 400mm?

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The AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is approximately 12" long when fully extended.
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is the lens compatible with the nikon D7000

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Yes. AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is fully compatible with D7000
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Is this lens VR or VRII it says second generation VR

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VR II
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Is this new 80-400mm lens without a 1.4x t/c sharper than the Nikon 300mm f/4 with a 1.4x t/c?
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I would say the 80-400 would have the edge.
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Is TC-20E III with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II a better option.

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I have a D800 and a D800E. would it not be a better and cheaper option for me to buy a TC-20E III Teleconverter for use with my AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II which I already own? I would have autofocus capability at the same f stop as this lens to achieve the same reach.
Any advice is welcome.
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I would rent the TC-20 for a few days and make sure you are satisfied with the image quality and autfocus. It will cost around 40-$50.
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Lens was not out yet when the list was made, it has since been added.
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Wildlife : Is it weather sealed ?

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I live in UK ..so lots of rain and moist ...
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Yes, gasket and weather sealed.
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Is the plate on the tripod collar Arca-Swiss?

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I am trying to marry this lens (+camera of course) with an appropriate ball head and tripod. A ball head I am looking at uses the Arca-Swiss standard for its quick-release ball head. Will the supplied tripod collar work with this standard? Any general tips on getting this onto a tripod (like a Feisol CT3442)?

I'll be using this with a D610.
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No, you would need a seperate plate.
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Is this lens certified for the D800?

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What do you mean by certified?, yes it will work just fine on the D800 as will most every Nikon lens.
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My new AF-S 80-400 VR Zoom lens makes a clunking noise when the focus ring is manually rotated fully clockwise or counter clockwise passed infinity or min focus distance; mounted or off camera with VR on or off. Work fine otherwise. No clunking noise noted in auto focus operation.
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Normal on most of Nikon ' s longer zooms.
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The auto fucus is not working with my d5100

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Please make sure that you are using the AF-S NIKKOR
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens and not the AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED. The AF-S version of this lens has Nikon's Silent Wave focus motor and will autofocus on the D5100. The AF version of this lens does not have a focus motor and will not autofocus on the D5100. Since the D5100 does not have a focus motor, only lenses with focus motors will autofocus on this camera.

If you are using the AF-S version of the lens, confirm that the AM/MA/M switch on the barrel of the lens is set to A/M. Also check the focus mode within your D5100 to confirm that it is not set to Manual focus. Information on changing your camera's focus mode starts on page 39 of the D5100 Reference Manual. A copy of the D5100 Reference Manual can be downloaded from here: http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals...
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Is the lense compatible with the D3000

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Yes, fully compatible with the D3000, the lens has the required focus motor. (-S designation)
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Yes you can, if you can afford it you can use the new 800mm lens.
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How long is the $400 instant savings going on for the Nikon AF-S 80-400 F.4.5-5.6 G ED VR? Will will it end?

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Currently set to expire 3/29/14 unless they extend them again
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D300 doesn't support f/8 auto focus.
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How do I tell which of two lens took a photograph based on the EXIF data?

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How to do I tell the difference based on the EXIF data whether the shot was taken with the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens or the older 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D lens?
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When using View NX 2, the lens name will appear in the metadata under the section named "Camera Info". However, if the full name of the lens is not listed, to spot which lens is being used it is recommended to look at the VR. The 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D lens does not have VR and the VR selection would be blank. 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR has VR and it will show if it was turned on or off in this section listed under "Camera Info".
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That is quite normal, a lot of lenses have a bit of play in them when mounted.
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This lens apparently is backordered. When will Nikon start to supply its dealers again with this lens?

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Tripod head for 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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Could you tell me what type of tripod head I need for this lens. I have read about a Gimbal head, but am only familiar with pan heads. Thanks
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Lens isn't really large enough to need a gimbal, get a good ballhead and QR plate (Kirk, Really Right Stuff). Pan head only allows up/down and side to side.
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Is this lens fully compatible with Nikon D90?

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The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is fully compatible with the D90.
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is it compatible with the D3100

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The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is compatible with the D3100. In digital SLR cameras, the camera's format refers to the size of its image sensor. Nikon makes a DX-format sensor and an FX-format sensor. The DX-format is the smaller sensor at 24x16mm; the larger FX-format sensor measures 36x24mm which is approximately the same size as 35mm film. The DX-format camera can use both types of lenses (DX and FX) since the non-DX lens image circle is larger than needed on a DX-format camera. To choose a lens with your D3100, please see: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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Can i use that lens with a Panasonic GH4

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Nikon cannot offer support or advice on third party products. It is not recommended that the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR be attached to a third party camera body.
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