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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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  • Four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements
  • One Super ED glass element
  • Nano Crystal Coat
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Up to four stops Vibration Reduction (VR)
  • AF works even when a 1.4x teleconverter is attached to an f/8-compatible camera
  • 9 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Metal mount
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR with tripod collar
AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR lens construction
MTF Charts: 
AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR mtf chart at f/4.5
AF-S NIKKOR 80–400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR mtf chart at f/5.6

Overview

Description by Nikon:

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.

Key Features

  • FX-format telephoto zoom lens with 80-400mm focal range (120-600mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR).
  • Superb optical performance: four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one Super ED glass element help correct chromatic aberration and optical color defects, which can occur at longer focal lengths.
  • Nano Crystal Coat greatly reduces ghosting and flare even in backlit situations.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) system with Normal, Active and Tripod modes. Minimizes camera shake and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower.
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, quiet and accurate autofocus.
  • Three focus modes: A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority), M/A (autofocus with manual override, manual priority) and M (manual focus).
  • AF with teleconverter: AF works even when a 1.4x teleconverter is attached to an f/8-compatible camera.
  • Focus limit switch: “FULL” and ∞-6m, which lets you reduce focusing time when shooting within a specific distance range.
  • Lens barrel lock (when the barrel is collapsed at 80mm position) prevents the barrel extending under its weight when the lens is not in use.
  • Detachable tripod foot included.

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!

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. It also lets you shoot at shutter speeds 4-times slower than otherwise possible, a major advantage in low-light situations where a slower shutter speed means brighter, richer images. 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.

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.

Reviews

"The Nikon AF-S 80-400/4.5-5.6G VR delivers very good optical performance throughout the zoom-range. But with a price at the time of writing of 2600 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) you would expect as much. This resolving-power makes the lens the best performer up to its price point. Combined with effective image stabilization up to 200mm, fast and reliable AF, and a maximum magnification of 1:5.1 in a package that is small and light enough to be carried around all day this is the answer many have been waiting for since Nikon released the predecessor some 13 years ago.

To make it perfectly clear: This lens has clearly better optical performance and better image stabilization than its predecessor or the Sigma 120-400 or the Nikon AF-S 70-200/2.8G VR II when coupled with the TC-20E III. Especially compared to its predecessor which can currently be had for half the price the new zoom is much sharper especially at the long end, has a much faster AF.

What are the downsides?"

Post date: 29/04/2013 - 15:18

Nikon UK Press release

London, UK, 05th March 2013: Nikon today announces a new FX-format telephoto zoom lens with broad 80¬–400mm focal range and superior optical design.

A highly anticipated update to Nikon’s immensely popular AF 80–400mm telephoto lens, the new AF-S 80–400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens boasts an improved optical construction that easily meets the demands of today’s D-SLRs.

Well-suited to subjects such as wildlife, landscapes or sports, this lens covers everything from mid- to super-telephoto. It offers superb optical performance in diverse conditions, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system allows for up to 4-stop compensation throughout the zoom range, even at 400mm.

Post date: 05/03/2013 - 07:44

Specifications

Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
AF Motor type: 
SWM (Silent Wave Motor)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
80 - 400mm
Internal zooming: 
No
Angle of view: 
30.16° - 6.16°
Zoom Ratio: 
5.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
20 elements in 12 groups (including 4 ED lens elements, 1 super ED lens element, and lens elements with a Nano-Crystal coating)
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum Aperture: 
f/32.0 - 40.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
1.75m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 4 stops Vibration Reduction (VR)
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
95.0mm
Length: 
203.0mm
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Filter Diameter: 
77 mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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