Nikon Announces Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

The Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR

The Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR

Zoom enthusiasts rejoice! Nikon has just announced the Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which is compatible with the Nikon FX format. This glass has three focusing modes: A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority), M/A (autofocus with manual override, manual priority) and M (manual). It also sports four ED lens elements with one super ED element, Nano Crystal Coat for reduced ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor for super quiet autofocusing, and a vibration reduction (VR) function that’ll compensate for any camera shake equivalent to a 4-step increase in shutter speed. If you happen to use this superzoom on a camera that supports autofocusing up to f8, you’ll even be able to autofocus when you’re using a 1.4x teleconverter. Head on past the break for an official list of specs for some image samples.

Specs courtesy of Nikon:

Focal length
80-400 mm
Maximum aperture
Minimum aperture
Lens construction
20 elements in 12 groups (including four ED glass and one Super ED glass elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of view
30°10′ – 6°10′ (20° – 4° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance
1.75 m/5.74 ft from focal plane (1.5 m/4.92 ft in MF)
Maximum reproduction ratio
1/5.7x (1/5.1x in MF)
No. of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size
77 mm
Diameter x length
(distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approximately 95.5 x 203 mm/3.8 x 8.0 in.
Weight (Based on CIPA Guidelines)
Approximately 1570 g/3.5 lb (with tripod mounting collar); approximately 1480 g/3.3 lb (without tripod mounting collar)
Supplied accessories
77 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-65, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-M2

Images courtesy of Nikon:

nikon 80-400mm sample 1

nikon 80-400mm sample 2

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Nikon users are rejoicing that one of the most wanted lens replacements is finally here 12 years after the original. The new 80-400mm lens will retail for $2,700 and will be available in April 2013.


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