Nikon Launches Updated AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Telephoto Zoom

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

Launched 12 years ago, the original AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR was Nikon’s first lens to offer Vibration Reduction technology, something which Canon had for a long time. It wasn’t a spectacular lens, unfortunately. Twelve years later, Nikon finally releases an update to that lens with an improved optical formula and an SWM motor for quick focussing. Hopefully this will address the many issues that users had with the older lens, e.g. unstable tripod collar, AF hunting, etc. The lens will be available in early April 2013 for a SRP of US$2,700.

YS: Ouch, that is quite a bit more expensive than I remembered the original lens to be. MTF graph indicates a much improved lens (I was not a fan of the original), so hopefully the other issues will be solved as well. That old lens had one of the slowest gearings, I remember.

Fun trick: With the AF-S 300/4 and the older 80-400, which feature the same tripod collar, take the lens barrel in one hand, and the tripod collar foot in the palm of your other hand. Push hard. Watch the flex! Ok, maybe it is not so fun when that collar is flexing up and down when it is on your tripod…

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