|AF||Autofocus lens with mechanical transmission of the aperture value to the camera. Designed for Nikon SLR cameras equipped with built-in motor. The autofocus will not be available with the rest of Nikon SLR cameras.|
|D||The lens transmits distance information to the camera.|
|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||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||30.3°-6.2° (35mm full frame)|
|20°-4° (Nikon APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||17 elements in 11 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||230 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||No motor (Nikon F)|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||No|
|Stabilizer features:||VR ACTIVE|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 3 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø91 x 171 mm|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is large, heavy, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features A - M focus mode switch.
|A||Autofocus mode without manual override.|
|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.|
|2.3 m - 3.5 m||Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting nearby subjects.|
|5 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 3 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/50 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.|
- The autofocus will not be available with Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D3000-D3400, D5000-D5600 SLR cameras.
|Sensor size:||35.9×24 mm|
|Distortion at 80 mm:||-1.22 %|
|Distortion at 400 mm:||+1.81 %|
|Vignetting at 80 mm F/4.5:||-0.87 EV|
|Vignetting at 400 mm F/5.6:||-0.81 EV|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 970 KB|
Alternatives (AF, 70-448 mm)
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR||2013||⊗|
|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||⊗|