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

Telephoto zoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras

  • Nikon AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Lens


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Snap crystal-clear images of distant wildlife, people, and more

Nikon designed the AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm lens to take incredibly clear photos of distant subjects. This high-performance lens captures accurate, razor-sharp images, thanks to three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements. You'll be able to record great closeups of wildlife without disturbing them in their natural habitat. And this lens's focal range works well for snapping portraits of people, so you can zoom in for candid pics of your children and then stage a family portrait session.

Sharper photos with built-in vibration reduction

The lens has built-in vibration reduction so your photos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

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  • 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR Zoom-Nikkor lens (equivalent to 120-600mm on an APS-C SLR camera)
  • compatible with Nikon film SLR and FX or DX format digital SLR cameras
    • manual focus only with Nikon D40, D40X, D60, D3000, and D5000 SLR bodies
  • Vibration Reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to three shutter speeds slower)
  • contains three ED (extra-low dispersion) lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • 9-blade aperture
  • constructed of 17 elements in 11 groups
  • minimum focus distance: 7.5 feet
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • filter size: 77mm
  • weight: 48 ounces with tripod collar attached
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • detachable tripod collar
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens case

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 80-400mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5 (wide)-5.6 (tele)
Weight 48 oz
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration
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  • 80-400mm AF VR Nikkor lens
  • HB-24 Lens hood
  • LC-77 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • CL-M1 Soft lens case with adjustable shoulder strap
  • Instruction Manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ + 5 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Overview: This item is an AF VR Zoon-Nikkor 80-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6, telephoto lens, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness when using both the Nikon FX- (23.9 x 36mm) and DX- format image sensors.

Construction: The three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements ensure high resolution, high contrast pictures even at maximum aperture.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): SIC offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare.

Built-in CPU: The lens has a built-in CPU which allows it to communicate with the camera body for focus and exposure functions. A set of CPU contacts is located on the lens mount for interfacing with the camera body.

Auto Focus: A switch on the lens can be set to manual or autofocus. While this lens can be used with the Nikon D40 and D60 camera bodies, because it has no focus motor the Autofocus feature will not work.

Zoom Control: The lens features a large, textured manual zoom ring for easy zooming control.

Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration reduction minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing you to shoot handheld at as many as 3 shutter speed stops slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. You can turn vibration reduction on or off with the switch on the side of the lens. VR has two modes; Mode 1 reduces vibration while the shutter button is lightly pressed and at the instant the shutter button is released, Mode 2 reduces vibration only at the instant the shutter button is released.

Aperture: The adjustment ring allows aperture settings of f/4.5 (80mm only), f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, and f/32.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 9-blade diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Tripod Collar: The tripod collar is detachable so it can be removed when not needed.

Focus Range Limit: If the distance to your subject is typically either 11.5' or less, or 16.4' or more, the focus limit switch allows you to fix the focus range to reduce focusing time. The range can be limited to 7.5' to 11.5' or 16.4" to infinity.


  • Type of Lens: D-type AF Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 80mm to 400mm (the 35mm equivalent is approximately 120mm-600mm when using a camera body with an APS-C image sensor)
  • Closest Focus Distance: 7 feet 6 inches
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4.5 (wide)-f/5.6 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/32
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 11 groups with 3 ED glass elements
  • Focal Length Scale: 80mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Hood:
      • Length: 7.645"-10.199"
      • Diameter: 3.617"
    • With Hood:
      • Length: 10.809"-13.363"
      • Diameter: 4.212"
  • Weight: approximately 48 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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