Nikon AF-S 80-400mm ED VR lens review

Nikon AF-S 80-400mm ED VR lens review

Nikon’s first ever Vibration Reduction lens receives a long-overdue update. Is it the best Nikon lens ever? Find out how we rate it in our Nikon AF-S 80-400mm ED VR review.

Nikon AF-S 80-400mm ED VR lens review

The original AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens heralded a new era of Vibration Reduction lenses for Nikon.

Now over a decade later, its replacement benefits from several new features. An internal ring-type ultrasonic autofocus motor gives focusing speed a much-needed boost and enables autofocusing with every current Nikon SLR.

You also get a revamped four-stop Vibration Reduction system, plus four ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements and a Super ED element to improve image sharpness and reduce colour fringing.

Start shooting and you immediately appreciate the speed and accuracy of the new Silent Wave Motor autofocus system, while the enhanced Vibration Reduction makes it far easier to take handheld shots at long focal lengths.

Nikon AF-S 80-400mm ED VR lens review

The VR system minimises camera shake and allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower.

Those fancy optics ensure excellent sharpness with only minor corner softening, but when you’d prefer a shallow depth of field, the nine-bladed diaphragm delivers a beautifully smooth background bokeh blur.

Although it may be pricier and heavier than a 300mm zoom, if you need the extra reach then this is an outstanding super-telephoto lens.

Price: £2,499

Score: 5/5

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