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Nikon ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6D Vibration Reduction (Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D for short) is a member of the line of super telephoto autofocus zoom lenses.
A range of focal lengths in excess of 300 mm can be considered a super telephoto, and Nikon has only 8 of these models among auto focus zoom lenses:
- Nikon Nikkor 80-400 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D AF VR EDsince February 2000
- Nikon Nikkor 80-400 mm 1: 4.5-5.6G AF-S VR ED Nsince March 2013
- Nikon Nikkor 100-400 mm 1:4.5-5.6SZ VRsince October 2021
- Nikon Nikkor 120-300 mm 1: 2.8E AF-S VR ED FL SRsince January 2020
- Nikon Nikkor 180-400 mm 1: 4E AF-S VR ED N TC 1.4 FLsince January 2018
- Nikon Nikkor 200-400 mm 1: 4G AF-S VR EDsince July 2003
- Nikon Nikkor 200-400 mm 1: 4GII AF-S VR ED, since April 2010
- Nikon Nikkor 200-500 mm 1: 5.6E AF-S VR ED, since August 2015
All these lenses except Nikon 200-500 / 5.6E VR, have a gold ring near the front lens and are professional solutions.
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D was the first of this line, and introduced in February of the distant 2000. That's pretty strange lens, it also has a built-in Nikon VR stabilizer and focuses using a camera screwdriver, and even features an aperture control ring. I only know of one 'VR' and 'AF' type lens and it is shown in this review. So Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D is a mix bulldog with rhino old and new technologies. In addition, by itself, the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D is a pretty old lens. Flipping through the instructions there you can find its compatibility only with the first ancient Nikon D1 digital SLR cameras, D1x, D1h, D2h и D100 (don’t worry, Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D works well on modern cameras).
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D is equipped with a gold ring on the focus ring, which means it can be attributed to the professional lenses of the NIKON NIKKOR line. In addition, he is on the list of professional equipment Nikon NPS. In the modern list of Nikon Professional Services includes only 3 lenses with a maximum relative aperture of 1: 5.6, and therefore, I want to note that professional optics do not have to have a large aperture.
Main technical characteristics of Nikon ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6D Vibration Reduction:
|Review Instance Name||Nikon ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6D Vibration Reduction US 407096|
|Front Filter Diameter||77 mm, the thread for the filters is metal, the outer part of the thread for the filters is rubberized|
|Focal length||80-400 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 120-600 mm|
|Zoom ratio||5 x|
|Designed by||for film and digital cameras Nikon|
|Number of aperture blades||9 rounded petals|
|Tags||focusing distance in meters and feet, focal length values for 80, 105, 135, 200, 300, 400 mm, bayonet mount mark (it is also a mark for setting the aperture), a mark for working in the infrared spectrum for 80 mm of focal length. Tags for attaching the hood and tripod foot.|
|Diaphragm||At 80 mm from F / 4.5 to F / 32. At 400 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 40. The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type)|
|MDF (minimum focusing distance)||2.3 m, the maximum magnification ratio for 80 mm is 1:25, for 400 mm - 1: 4.8|
|The weight||1360 g with a tripod foot and 1210 g without a tripod foot|
|Optical design||17 elements in 11 groups. The scheme includes 3 low dispersion elements (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'. The image of the optical circuit is clickable.|
|Lens hood||Nikon HB-24 in the package, as well as the ability to use a special hood Nikon NH-34 for Polar filter to work with polarizing filters|
|Manufacturer country||MADE IN JAPAN|
|Period||From February 2000 to 2013, later replaced by Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6G ED SWM Nano Crystal Coat SuperED IF|
|Instruction (multilingual)||Download, mirror 2|
About 2 years before the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D came out, Canon already announced a similar lens - Canon Zoom Lens EF 100-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6 L IS USM.
All Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D lenses have been released in Japan. To the touch, the lens is quite pleasant and weighty, without a tripod foot, its weight is about 1200 grams. At first it seems that the lens is already very large and very heavy, but in fact it is the same, or even lighter, than professional fast lenses of the class (70) -80-200 / 2.8... On cameras Nikon D700 and and Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro weight balance does not cause discomfort.
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D uses standard professional 77mm color filters. The outer part of the case frame near the front lens is rubberized, which is a kind of protective bumper.
The focus and zoom rings are rubberized, large and comfortable. However, with the tripod foot installed, access to the zoom ring is a bit uncomfortable. Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D has metal bayonet. The zoom ring and the part of the lens barrel between the focus and zoom ring are plastic. The focusing ring is also plastic. The rest of the lens is made of metal. Due to the presence of a large number of plastic parts, it may appear that the 'professional' Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D is less assembled than real professional metal zoom type Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII).
The zoom ring does not rotate as easily and smoothly as we would like. Most likely, the rigid zoom ring is made so specifically to avoid self-extension of the lens trunk.
There is a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses an HB-24 plastic lens hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the focus ring and zoom is lost. Hood, although plastic, but very strong. While changing the focal length, the lens hood moves with the trunk of the lens.
The lens has no dust or moisture protection.
When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.
The Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D body has a dedicated tripod foot mount. The tripod foot is fixed to the lens with a special clamping screw. The protrusion on the body has 4 fastening screws, which is why the foot can only be installed if the grooves on the foot are correctly aligned with these screws. And also, because of these 4 screws, the rotation of the foot occurs in jerks. For many users, this is inconvenient compared to other lenses.
To remove or set the foot, you need to combine the indicator in the form of a triangle on the foot ring with the mark on the lens body.
On the inside of the tripod foot there is velor seal for quality fixation.
The Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D foot and body have markings for quickly adjusting the horizontal or vertical position of the lens and camera.
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D - the very first Nikon Nikkor lens with built-in stabilizer.
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D uses a VR stabilizer (Vibration Reduction - Nikon's Vibration Reduction Technology) that can compensate 3 stops by shutter speed. In numerical terms, this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 8 times longer than what a lens without a stabilizer requires. For example, when shooting stationary subjects at 400 mm of focal length, instead of being limited to 1/400 sec., You can shoot at 1/60 sec.
This lens uses one of the weakest stabilizers available in Nikon Nikkor lenses (perhaps even the weakest). The Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D stabilization system refers to first generation... VCMs (Voice Coil Motors) motors are used for stabilization. Even the 'VR-Nikkor' label is archaic in itself (do you know other lenses with such markings?). The 'VR-Nikkor' label reminds me of old manual zoom lenses that were labeled with the 'Zoom-Nikkor' prefix. And modern lenses do not have the 'Vibration Reduction' inscription, which is on the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D body (it decodes the abbreviation 'VR' and emphasizes the presence of this option).
Although the lens uses a weak stabilizer, the capabilities of the latter are quite enough for comfortable work during handheld shooting. It was difficult for me to get sharp shots of stationary objects at 400 mm focal length and 1/60 sec., But starting from 1/100 sec. almost all frames were sharp. Therefore, I believe that in real conditions the lens compensates for less than 3 stops. For the review, I took pictures at shutter speeds of 1/250 sec and 1/320 sec to completely avoid blur both from camera shake and from the movement of objects.
To enable / disable the stabilizer, as well as switch modes of its operation, the lens has special three-position switch (shown in the picture below).
The stabilizer can work in three modes:
- 'ON with two buttons drawn' - activates the stabilization system when you press the shutter button fully, or when you half press the shutter button. Suitable for easy focusing when displayed in JVI the picture is not shaking.
- 'ON with one button drawn' - activates the stabilization system only when you fully press the shutter button. Suitable for saving battery power.
- 'OFF'- the stabilizer is off.
Important: in the first mode 'ON with two buttons drawn' the stabilizer is not activated when the 'AF-ON' button or any other button programmed for the 'AF-ON' function is pressed. The stabilizer turns on only when you half-press the shutter button. Different cameras may operate differently with 'AF-ON' and gimbal activation.
The stabilizer operating modes allow you to choose only the stabilization system activation method, and, unlike modern lenses, for example, such as Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF Nano Crystal Coat, do not have quality settings and the method of its operation, for example, such as the variation 'VR Normal / Active'.
The Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D stabilizer can track the movement of the camera in horizontal or vertical directions to create panoramas. When turning on or off the stabilization system motors, the image in JVI can twitch.
Diaphragm lens consists of 9 rounded petalsthat form a flat hole. Aperture range is available from F / 4.5-5.6 to F / 32-F / 40.
There are marks with a focal length on the zoom ring, the following is a list with the minimum numbers F available for these marks:
- 80 mm - F / 4.5
- 105 mm - F / 4.8
- 135 mm - F / 5.0
- 200 mm - F / 5.3
- 300 mm - F / 5.3
- 400 mm - F / 5.6
The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern CZK, you need to turn the control ring to the value of F / 32 and fix it with a special lock with an orange letter 'L', which is located to the right of the labels aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the aperture using the ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture rotates with clicks, it has F / 4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32; it is not possible to set an intermediate value between pairs of numbers using the aperture ring. Intermediate values can be set only through the camera menu. Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D is one of the few lenses that has a letter 'L' ('Lock' - 'lock').
In general, the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D focuses slow. On cameras Nikon D700 и Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro the lens makes focusing errors more often than wanted, but I don’t have any particular complaints about the tenacity of focus.
There is a lens housing focusing distance limiter 'Limit / Full'.
- In Full mode, focusing is available over the entire range - from ∞ to 2.3 m. The travel time of the lenses from infinity to MDF and back is very long and causes severe discomfort during automatic focusing. In this mode, the lens can be considered to focus So slow.
- In Limit mode, there are two operating options: 'from ∞ to 5 meters' and 'from 2.3 m to 3.5 m'. In the 'Limit ∞-5' mode, the travel time of the lenses from infinity to MDF and back is significantly reduced, and the focusing speed can be called and... In the 'Limit 2.3-3.5' mode, the travel time of the lenses from infinity to MDF and back is longer than in the 'Limit ∞-5' mode, and the focusing speed can be called low.
The focus limiter operates in both manual and automatic focus modes.
The minimum focusing distance is 2.3 meters (over the entire range of focal lengths), while you can shoot Macro with a maximum magnification of 1: 4.8but only at 400 mm focal length. It is inconvenient that for an 80 mm focal length the MDF is 2.3 meters too large.
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D has a window with a scale of distances in meters and feet. There is no GRIP scale, but there is a mark for photographing in the infrared spectrum, but only for 80 mm focal length. The manual contains additional information about shifting the focus ring during infrared shooting at other focal lengths. And the depth of field scale can cut from the instructions and stick on the distance scale (and Nikon suggests doing this needlework for a professional lens!).
During focusing, the front lens does not rotate, but travels forward. While changing the focal length, it also does not rotate and drives forward. There should not be any special problems with the use of specialized filters. Unfortunately, the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D does not have internal focusing as such, although the front lens does not rotate during manipulation of the lens.
During auto focus, the focus ring rotates freely and does not affect the focus process. During manual focus, the focus ring rotates 135 degrees in Full mode. Manual focus is quite comfortable.
It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.
Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:
- D1, D1h, D1x, D2x, D2xs, D2h, D2hs
- D3, D3x, D3s, D4, D4s, D5, D6
- D50, D70, D70s, D80, D90
- D7000, D7100, D7200,D7500
- D100, D200, D300, D300s,D500
- D600, D610, D750, D780
- D700, D800,D800E, D810, D810a, D850
- Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro, S2 Pro, S3 ProS3 Pro UVIR, S5 ProIS Pro
- Kodak DCS PRO 14n, DCS Pro SLR/n
Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:
Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.
You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.
During auto focus, the lens and camera pretty noisy.
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D has the 'Focus Breathing' effect - changing the viewing angle when focusing. When you change the focal length, the focus goes astray, but only a little.
Focus switch 'L MA L'
Focus mode switch 'A-M' (on the case it is actually 'M-A') is designed as a ring and uses a metal release button to switch between 'M' and 'A' modes. This switch makes it easy to distinguish Nikon professional from non-professional lenses in the old 'Nikon AF' range.
Actually, such a focus mode switch is not very convenient. In order to somehow refine it, additional functionality was developed, namely, the LA and LM modes were added. Now near the letters 'A' (left) and 'M' (right) there is also the letter 'L' ('Lock' - 'Lock / latch').
The essence of the updated switch is as follows:
- A - automatic focusing works, you can quickly change the focus mode to 'M' by simply rotating the focusing mode selection ring, without additional pressing the lock button.
- M - manual focus only, you can quickly change the focus mode to 'A' by simply rotating the focus mode selection ring, without additional pressing the lock button.
- AL (or LA) - automatic focusing works. To switch to another focusing mode, press the lock button of the focusing mode selection ring.
- LM - manual focus only. To switch to another focusing mode, press the lock button of the focusing mode selection ring.
The 'A' and 'M' modes are useful when the photographer frequently switches between focusing methods, while the 'LA' and 'LM' modes provide a secure lock on the selected focusing method. In any case, these modes are still far from modern switches'M / AM', or 'A / MM', or 'A / MM / AM'.
Compatibility and Features
The lens will work best on full-size cameras. Nikon fx. EGF camera lens Nikon DX is 120-600 mm. There is no complete analogue of Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D for Nikon DX cameras, but according to EGF it looks a lot like cropped Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G ED VR SWM HRI (EGF is 82.5-450 mm).
In the range of 80-300 mm, there are no complaints about the sharpness in the center of the frame on open apertures, but after 300-330 mm the sharpness drops a little. The sharpness drop is very noticeable at the edges and corners of the frame. If you cover the diaphragm, then the sharpness comes back to normal. The lens has a slightly pronounced distortion and vignetting (hardly anyone will even notice them in real pictures). Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D tolerates side and backlight well, you can safely shoot without a hood. Chromatic aberrations present, but their level is not great. The lens creates a neutral bokeh and a fairly neutral, somewhat even pleasant picture.
In general, from Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D I would like the best indicators of image quality, especially in terms of sharpness along the edges of the image at the long end.
You can download RAW source files at this link (62 files in the '.NEF' and '.RAF' format, 820 MB). All photos are on-camera JPEG. All photos were shot on Nikon D700 (using monopod and hood) and Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (without using a hood and tripod foot).
- The first photo in the gallery - the finalist of the international competition "Golden Turtle" 2017
- The second photo in the gallery is the finalist of the international competition "Golden Turtle" 2018
- The third photo in the gallery is the Finalist of the international competition "Golden Turtle" 2017. Winner of the Nikon competition "I am in the heart of the image". 2018 in the category "Animalism" (professionals)
Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D - a funny specimen tractor engineering objective building. Slow focusing and general moral obsolescence do not suit me. Although 400 mm is cool :).
In general, the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D can be useful for those professionals who know exactly how to use this kind of lens. For everyone else, there is a shorter Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G VR ED IF SWMwhich does 80% of the work of the Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D.
It’s a little surprising that the lens was produced for the whole 13 years and amuses that during its publication in advertising brochures it was indicated as an advantage that it uses a ring zoom (the focal length is changed by rotating the zoom ring, and not by moving the piston, as with older lenses).
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Nikon 80-400 / 4.5-5.6D is a very peculiar professional lens. In many ways it is outdated and out of production. For our time, it has slow and noisy focusing and weak image stabilization. But this fat man can still please the photographers. The super telephoto range is something.