The Nikon 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Nikkor is an upgrade to Nikon’s previous full-frame, medium-to-supertelephoto zoom lens, the 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF Nikkor.The new version features several improvements and new features such as Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating and the inclusion of a Super ED glass element and second-gen Vibration Reduction. The lens is also designated as a G-series lens meaning the manual aperture ring has been removed, leaving aperture settings to be controlled via the camera. The new version of the 80-400mm is also heavier than its predecessor.
Optically, the lens proved to be a solid performer on both full-frame and sub-frame cameras. One of the major features of this new version is Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction image stabilization system. Nikon touts the ability to shoot up to 4 stops slower while still capturing sharp photos. At 80mm, we saw a marked improvement with VR enabled, about 3.5 stops’ worth on a sub-frame camera, but we saw strange, inconsistent results at 400mm. The Nikon 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Nikkor will ship with a hood, front and rear caps, a tripod foot and a soft case for an estimated MRP of $2,699.95.