Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4,5-5,6 D VR Specifications

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Product
Name Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4,5-5,6 D VR

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Manufacturer Nikon
Release Date and Price
Release Year 2000
MSRP 1849 USD
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Lens Type
Lens Type Telephoto Zoom Lens
Zoom or Prime Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Mount and Compatibility
Mount Nikon (see compatible cameras)
Compatibility Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Focus
Closest Focusing Distance 230 cm
Autofocus (AF) Yes (NOTE, see below)
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor No
Nikon; for autofocus the camera has to have a built-in autofocus (AF) motor
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Aperture
Maximum aperture f/4,5-5,6
The lens aperture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/4,5 at 80 mm
f/5,6 at 400 mm
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Optics
Elements: 17 elements / 11 groups
Focal Range: 80-400 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 80-400 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 120-600 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
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Physical
Diameter 91 mm
Length 171 mm
Weight 1340 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Other
Image stabilization Yes, VR
Filter Filter Thread, 77 mm
Lens Hood HB-24 (included)
Tripod mount Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing No

Product description from Nikon

At launch 2000 Nikon wrote this regarding Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4,5-5,6 D VR :

"This versatile, compact and lightweight zoom is ideal for wildlife and action photography, and includes Nikonís VR image stabilization technology.

Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for high resolution and high contrast even at maximum apertures.

VR is automatically detected during panning operation. Two modes of VR: image plane and viewfinder.

Filter does not rotate during zooming."


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