Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Add a real trendsetter to your collection of Nikon lenses with this super-tele superstar
You’ll have noticed that Vibration Reduction can be a huge advantage for handheld shooting, especially when using telephoto lenses. This lens kicked off the whole VR revolution, as it was Nikon’s first-ever stabilised lens.
When launched in 2000, full-frame D-SLRs were still just a twinkle in Nikon’s eye, but this lens is nevertheless fully compatible with all FX digital bodies, as well as upmarket DX cameras from the D70 to the D300 and D7200. However, as an AF rather than AF-S lens, it won’t autofocus on bodies like the D3300 and D5500.
Some old AF lenses manage speedy autofocus but this isn’t one of them. In fact, it probably has the slowest autofocus of any Nikon lens ever made, so it’s not really up to tracking fast-moving sports. Even so, we’ve had some spectacular results from it at events like motor races, where you can pre-focus on a piece of track that you know vehicles will be moving into.