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

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The Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR is the long overdue and welcomed update to the original Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR. Like its predecessor, the 80-400mm AF-S is a do-in-all telephoto zoom that’s ideal for shooting wildlife or anything that’s far away. This lens is compatible with Nikon’s entire line of F-mount DSLR cameras and features a 4-stop VR system, a big improvement over Nikon’s very first VR system that was in the original 80-400mm.

There’s also optical improvements, with the addition of one super ED (extra-low dispersion) and four ED glass elements to help minimize chromatic aberrations, providing sharp, high contrast images throughout the zoom range. You have three focus modes to choose from: A/M (Auto-Priority Manual Mode) enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation, M/A (autofocus with manual override, MF priority) allows switching from AF to MF with virtually no lag time by turning the focusing ring, and straight Manual focus mode. It includes a tripod ring for use with a tripod / monopod, and a removable hood to help prevent lens flare.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

We’ve waited for years for Nikon to update the 80-400 and they finally have, with a new optical formula, their best VR system, and silent wave motor. It’s noticeably more expensive, larger, and quicker to autofocus than the original 80-400. The VR system is noticeable, too, which is a good thing because this lens has probably the worst telephoto collar in the history of lenses and noticeably wobbles on your tripod.

It’s a nice sharp lens, though, resolving better than it’s predecessor and better than a 70-200 f/2.8 VR II with a teleconverter. That’s what you really wanted to know, isn’t it?
May, 2013

Addendum: Using this lens in AF-C is not as smooth as other Nikon lenses at this focal length. You may find it to be a somewhat noisier when tracking, and the view through the viewfinder may jitter. As far as we can tell, this doesn’t affect the image quality.

Filter Size
77mm (nonrotating front element)
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 – 5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/32 – 40
3.5 lb (without tripod collar)
Minimum Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (crop frame)
30.3° – 6.2°
Zoom method
Barrel extending, nonrotating
Image Stabilization
Yes, 4-stops
Focusing System
Internal, Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
Aperture Blades
9, circular
Low Dispersion Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Nikon F
  • Lens w/ front and rear caps
  • Hood
  • Tripod ring
  • Lens pouch


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

LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Lenscap+ Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $26.00 $88.00 $114.00 $38.00
4 days $28.00 $95.00 $123.00 $30.75
7 days $38.00 $126.00 $164.00 $23.43
10 days $51.00 $170.00 $221.00 $22.10
14 days $66.00 $221.00 $287.00 $20.50
21 days $88.00 $296.00 $384.00 $18.29
30 days $111.00 $372.00 $483.00 $16.10
45 days $144.00 $485.00 $629.00 $13.98
60 days $169.00 $567.00 $736.00 $12.27
90 days $218.00 $731.00 $949.00 $10.54
Rental Period Lenscap Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $18.00 $88.00 $106.00 $35.33
4 days $19.00 $95.00 $114.00 $28.50
7 days $25.00 $126.00 $151.00 $21.57
10 days $34.00 $170.00 $204.00 $20.40
14 days $44.00 $221.00 $265.00 $18.93
21 days $59.00 $296.00 $355.00 $16.90
30 days $74.00 $372.00 $446.00 $14.87
45 days $96.00 $485.00 $581.00 $12.91
60 days $113.00 $567.00 $680.00 $11.33
90 days $145.00 $731.00 $876.00 $9.73
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $88.00 $29.33
4 days $95.00 $23.75
7 days $126.00 $18.00
10 days $170.00 $17.00
14 days $221.00 $15.79
21 days $296.00 $14.10
30 days $372.00 $12.40
45 days $485.00 $10.78
60 days $567.00 $9.45
90 days $731.00 $8.12

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