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p.1 #1 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


New Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!
Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colors with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD video. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a stable of lensing options for all types of photographers.

“Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “It’s a one lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length and core Nikon technologies to help create beautiful stills and HD video.”

High-Performance, High-Power Zoom
Nikon’s newest telephoto zoom lens features a versatile 80-400mm focal length (5x zoom equivalent) that offers photographers a high-power FX-format lensing option to help capture stunning stills and HD video. Whether birding or shooting from the stands, the lens is also compatible with DX-format bodies to extend the maximum reach to 120-600mm (35mm equivalent). Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon D-SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is loaded with essential NIKKOR technologies to help ensure top performance for the advanced photographer, including Vibration Reduction (VR) allowing for up to four stops of image stabilization while Auto tripod detection VR allows for effortless stabilization when mounted on a tripod.

The lens sports Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure fast and quiet AF operation, and two focusing modes including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual). A new optical formula features 20 elements in 12 groups and includes one Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements for maximum clarity in a wide variety of shooting environments.

Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,699.95.

Update: Now in stock and shipping from B&H Photo and Adorama.




AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR




Mar 05, 2013 at 06:56 AM
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p.1 #2 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


I was happy to see that at first (I'm looking for something to replace the 70-300 VR) until I saw the price... at that price maybe I 'd rather get a 70-200 2.8 VRII and a TC




Mar 05, 2013 at 07:08 AM
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ytwong wrote:
I was happy to see that at first (I'm looking for something to replace the 70-300 VR) until I saw the price... at that price maybe I 'd rather get a 70-200 2.8 VRII and a TC



And you would be exactly where the 800-400 is price-wise, except that you would have a 5.6 lens everywhere and probably not so great optics, at least if Nikon's past TC2.0's are a guide. Not sure of the latest one though.

I doubt that Nikon would price it as they did if the IQ was merely equivalent to a 70-200 + TC



Mar 05, 2013 at 07:19 AM
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p.1 #4 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


looks enticing


Mar 05, 2013 at 07:45 AM
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p.1 #5 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Compare the MTF charts new against the old one and it has to worth every cent

A very big step up. we can only wait to see what Morris from over on the Nature and wildlife forum does as he posts great stuff with the old one and equally old D200

Tim



Mar 05, 2013 at 09:06 AM
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p.1 #6 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Count me in. what am I going to do with my 200-400VR or 120-300OS now ?

Guy



Mar 05, 2013 at 09:31 AM
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p.1 #7 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


No one has mentioned the MTF charts yet. Reminds me of the prime lenses. Here is the one at long-end.

MTF@400mm




Mar 05, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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p.1 #8 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


bemyzeke wrote:
No one has mentioned the MTF charts yet. Reminds me of the prime lenses. Here is the one at long-end.

MTF@400mm



Very impressive. I'm still trying to figure out if it has focus breathing issues based on.....

Minimum Angle of View (FX-format)
6°10'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
0.2x





Mar 05, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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p.1 #9 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Non-extending zoom? I don't see this mentioned either way. They do say it'll work with the 1.4x. Could be very interesting.

Looks like a keeper. I think the price will end up around $2,200 eventually.






Mar 05, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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p.1 #10 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Yes it is non-extending. Also fixed (non-rotating) front element for those who count on filters.

From the Nikon release this morning "Internal focusing is also employed in order to maintain an overall compact lens form-factor and to produce overall faster performance."



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p.1 #11 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Use to use the old one on a d200 and I got some great results, this is more interesting. But it should be at that price...



Mar 05, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #12 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


If it's halfway decent I'd love to have one. Do you think the collar has been improved? If you recall, those were one of the weak points on both the old 80-400mm and also the current 300mm f/4d.






Mar 05, 2013 at 01:12 PM
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p.1 #13 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


ckcarr wrote:
. Do you think the collar has been improved? If you recall, those were one of the weak points on both the old 80-400mm and also the current 300mm f/4d.


Collar looks the same. Likely to be a weak point. You'll probably want to spring for an aftermarket collar, bringing the total price close to $3k.


Edited on Mar 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM · View previous versions



Mar 05, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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p.1 #14 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


the collar looks shallower with less joins and substantially stiffer too me.


Mar 05, 2013 at 01:42 PM
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rddayton wrote:
Yes it is non-extending. Also fixed (non-rotating) front element for those who count on filters.

From the Nikon release this morning "Internal focusing is also employed in order to maintain an overall compact lens form-factor and to produce overall faster performance."


IF means non-extending during zoom as well? I thought it just meant during focusing. Interesting.

I wonder if the lens is properly weather sealed? Internal zoom would certainly help that.



Mar 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM
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p.1 #16 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Hmmm. They finally release the lens, right after releasing the D7100 and D5200. I am planning on buying a D7200 in the very near future, and also a D5200. That's nearly $2,000 right there, minus $700 for selling my current cameras makes $1,300. Add $2,500 for the new lens and it's $3,800! I've already spent at least that much already this year on antique camera gear from c.1850. I could sell my 70-200mm f2.8 VR, but have been using it for weddings. It's a very key lens for me. SO.....upshot is purchase of the new lens will be delayed. Maybe the price will come down later this year. It looks like a great lens, but the price, not so much. For that $$ I could buy a 500mm f4 P.


Kent in SD



Mar 05, 2013 at 02:28 PM
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p.1 #17 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


binary visions wrote:
IF means non-extending during zoom as well? I thought it just meant during focusing. Interesting.

I wonder if the lens is properly weather sealed? Internal zoom would certainly help that.



Taking a closer look I'm thinking it will extend a good 3-4" at 400mm. Internal focus and weather sealing are a given with the current generation.






Mar 05, 2013 at 02:28 PM
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p.1 #18 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Internal Focusing
Employed in order to maintain an overall compact lens form-factor and to produce overall faster performance. The lens will not change in size during AF operation,

(From B&H description)



Mar 05, 2013 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #19 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Yep, almost all modern AF Nikkors are IF, otherwise it would take a huge motor to move all the elements! My 400/5.6 ED AI is not an IF design and the whole set of optics must be moved in order to focus.

At the MSRP of this lens it would be a real stretch unless the IQ was superb. Like Kent said though I could be a very very nice 500/4 AI-P for that price . . . ..

At the 400mm end it needs to be better than a 70-200/2.8VRII + TC20EIII for many folks who already own this combo in order to be attractive.

I may rent the current version and compare the 400mm end to my 400/5.6 ED AI, 70-200/2.8 VRII + TC20EIII and 70-200/4 + TC20EIII just to get a feel for the range of lenses currently available.

John



Mar 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM
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p.1 #20 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released!


Update: Pre-orders are expected to start shipping March 19, 2013.


Mar 05, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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