Nikon Announces 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens

Nikon-80-400mm-VR-lensMarch 5, 2013 — Nikon announces the ultra-telephoto zoom 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens. This long telephoto option for full frame cameras delivers outstanding performance for the latest high megapixel Nikon FX-format digital cameras. Its long reach offers 5X zoom capabilities in a compact package. The lens can be combined with a 1.4X teleconverter on the latest Nikon DSLR including the D4, D800/D800E, D600 and D7100 DSLR to allow up to 560mm reach at f/8 with full auto focus capabilities. The DX-format D7100 provides additional magnification to 35mm equivalent 600mm without and 840mm with the 1.4X teleconverter.

Nikon 80-400mm VR Lens Diagram The lens incorporates the latest VR technology, providing up to four stops of additional stabilization without the use of a tripod. It uses Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast auto focus operation. Internally, the 20 elements are arranged into 12 groups. Four regular ED glass elements and one Super ED glass element provide sharp images in the most demanding conditions. The 80-400mm also features Nikon’s signature Nano Crystal Coat to reduce flare and ghosting when shot into bright light sources.

The Nikon 80-400mm 4.5-5.6 is the lens of choice for demanding sports and nature photographers, in addition to specialty HD videographers. The lens is aimed at both still and video use by advanced enthusiasts and professionals needing extra reach in a compact package. The NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be priced at $2,699.95 suggested retail in the US, and will be released in early April 2013.

Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Pre-Order Options:

MTF @ 80mm:
MTF Chart 80mm
MTF @ 400mm:
MTF Chart 400mm
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR Lens Specifications
Focal length 80-400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/32-40
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