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March 5, 2013

NEW 80-400mm VR Nikkor Lens

new-80-400mm.pngThe long-awaited upgrade for the venerable 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens was announced today. Nikon's new AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR FX-format telephoto zoom will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,699.95 (USD).

With a completely new optical formula of 20 elements in 12 groups, one Super ED element and four ED glass elements, it is now a G ED VR AF-S lens with Nano-Crystal coating. This promises it to be a superb image quality lens.

Nikon has addressed the issues faced with the previous model, like relatively slow AF focusing -compared to AF-S lenses; and with a 4-stops advantage in image stabilization.

The price is now steeper, maybe more than expected -at 2,7K USD- however, allowing for its use with a 1.4X teleconverter, making it a 560mm lens in FX format, having no problems at fast focusing in the most recent cameras at an aperture of f/8.

This is great news for wildlife photographers, while its focal range makes it also suitable for daylight sports and even portraiture.

Posted by jrp at March 5, 2013 9:38 AM