|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|G||The lens has no aperture control ring and only supports electronic aperture control from the camera. G lenses provide distance information to the camera as D-type lenses.|
|ED||The lens incorporates low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|VR||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR||Mar 2013||⊗|
|Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D ED VR||Feb 2000||⊗|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||30.3°-6.2° (35mm full frame)|
|20°-4° (Nikon APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||20 elements in 12 groups, including:|
|1 Super ED|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||AF: 175 cm|
|MF: 150 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Silent Wave Motor|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Stabilizer features:||VR ACTIVE|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 4 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø95.5 x 203 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel|
|Weather sealing:||Dust-proof and water-resistant barrel|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is large, heavy, dust-proof and water-resistant, made of high-quality plastic. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features a zoom lock lever to keep the zoom ring fixed at the shortest focal length of 80 mm. This function is convenient for carrying a camera with the lens on a strap because it prevents the lens from extending.
The lens features A/M - M/A - M focus mode switch.
|A/M||Autofocus mode that reduces the sensitivity of the manual override to prevent unexpected switching from auto to manual.|
|M/A||Autofocus mode that allows switching to manual focus with virtually no time lag - even during autofocus servo operation and regardless of autofocus mode in use.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:
|FULL||Full range of focusing distances.|
|6 m - ∞||Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.|
By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 77 mm which are easy to find. However, filters of such size are more expensive and mainly used with professional lenses.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 4 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/25 second at focal length of 400 mm*).
*) without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
At the choice of the photographer the image stabilizer can operate in one of the following modes:
|VR NORMAL||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake. Automatically detects panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.|
|VR ACTIVE||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake when shooting from a moving vehicle, or some other unstable position. Panning is not detected.|
It is often thought that image blur caused by camera shake can be prevented by using a tripod. Actually, however, even using a tripod may result in image blur because of tripod vibration caused by mirror or shutter movement at the time of exposure. The image stabilizer automatically differentiates the frequency of the vibration from that of camera shake, and changes algorithm to correct image blur caused by slight tripod vibration.
|Sensor size:||35.9×24 mm|
|Distortion at 80 mm:||-0.42 %|
|Distortion at 400 mm:||+1.16 %|
|Vignetting at 80 mm F/4.5:||-0.81 EV|
|Vignetting at 400 mm F/5.6:||-1.05 EV|
|Efficiency of Image Stabilizer:||up to 4.5 stops|
2) On a tripod
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 1 MB|
Alternatives (AF, 70-448 mm)
|Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6D ED VR||2000||⊗|
|Sigma 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 APO EX DG OS||2005||⊗|
|Tokina AT-X 840 AF SD 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D||2006||⊗|