Nikon Unveils New AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, First Update in Over a Decade


Released in 2001, Nikon’s original 80-400mm telephoto zoom lens has consistently made it onto owners’ “please update” lists for over a decade. It was the first of Nikon’s lenses to feature VR, and though it wasn’t without fault, it was a very versatile lens.

Now 12-years in the making, the new AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR seeks to add to its predecessor’s abilities, while improving on common complaints such as slow focus and the inability to use the auto focus with newer SLRs.


On the technical side, the new 80-400 features four ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and one Super ED element, a built-in SWM ultrasonic focus motor, and second generation VR that claims to provide four stops of vibration reduction. It also features specialized VR correction for tripod shooting when that four stops isn’t quite enough to shoot by hand.


The lens will be compatible with both FX and DX format Nikons — reaching 120-600mm equivalent on the latter — and is set to hit store shelves in early April at a (somewhat steep) MSRP of $2,700.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Stop trolling us, Nikon!

  • Mansgame

    Almost 3 grand for a glorified kit lens? As Nelson from the Simpsons would say: HA! HA!

  • Ann Parry

    How much does the lens weigh?

  • DJL

    I saw no mention of them addressing its horrible sharpness anywhere near 400mm

  • kerek

    i will buy 1 :D finally

  • amez

    Over 3.5lbs

  • Ken Elliott

    Somehow, I got lucky and timed it right. I just sold my 80-400. The price of this makes me gulp, but I’ll wait to test one before I decide if it is worth the money.

  • Mike

    Nice piece of kit. Yes, it’s variable aperture but it has a very big zoom range, has VR, works with a 1.4x TC for an f/8 lens that goes to 560mm. The MTF curve is flat, so this thing will be great optically. It will beat the 70-200 f/2.8 with a 2x TC all day.

  • Mike

    Kit lens? You have no clue.

  • Mike

    Look at the MTF, should be sharp across the frame.

  • Ann Parry