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


Nikon has launched the AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a redesigned version of the decade-old 80-400mm VR. The G version features an entirely new optical formulation, ring-type AF-S focus motor and a revamped VR system capable of a claimed four stops of vibration reduction.

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Newest High-Power NIKKOR Lens Offers Photographers the Long Reach and Exceptional Clarity Needed in the Field and on the Sidelines

MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – 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.*1 For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit

*1 SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon AF Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR specifications




This looks like a winner for enthusiasts.


3 Grand for a kit lens? Hm.


If the optics are great. I’m a player. That’s for sure. AFS and VR combined with Nano Coatings. It’s another class act. I hope it performs well with the 1.4 converter. Still 560 f/8 is pretty darn slow. Can’t have everything for that cheap of a price, I suppose.


Well, $2700 isn’t exactly cheap 🙂


Disappointed to see it gain 200g in weight. I was hoping it would weight less than the old lens.


Come on. They put an AFS motor in it. You’d expect it to be a little heavier.


Nikon has been pricing the amateurs out of photography for years now. Glad to see that is still the case. 🙁


It’s like gas prices, it’s pointless to look back 10 or 15 years and think the prices should be the same.


I just realized that on the new D7100 if you use the 1.3x crop mode this will be effectively a 800mm lens and still have autofocus. Amazing.

But still, $2700 is alot of cheddar.

Tom Matty

$2700 is too much. The Sigma 50-500 offers greater range and quite possible equal image quality.


forget the 50-500, its almost the price of the 70-300 F2.8


MSRP of $2700!!! Holy smokes…

Chaitanya S

Finally, they replaced the worst lens in their telephoto line-up. I am getting this one no matter what.


Might want to wait and see if it’s better.
Specs are a bit disappointing compared to new Sony 70-400, especially mfd and max magnification.

Ok Canon your turn, although in their case the existing lens is still superb, but has first gen IS.


@thx1138 What difference does it make whether Canon or Sony has a similar lens. If you with Nikon those won’t fit and I doubt people are going to swap cameras system for a small difference between one lens.

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