Nikon has launched the AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a redesigned version of the decade-old 80-400mm VR. The G version features an entirely new optical formulation, ring-type AF-S focus motor and a revamped VR system capable of a claimed four stops of vibration reduction.

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NIKON ZOOMS IN ON ULTRA TELEPHOTO VERSATILITY WITH THE AF-S NIKKOR 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR LENS

Newest High-Power NIKKOR Lens Offers Photographers the Long Reach and Exceptional Clarity Needed in the Field and on the Sidelines

MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colors with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD video. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a stable of lensing options for all types of photographers.

"Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "It’s a one lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length and core Nikon technologies to help create beautiful stills and HD video."

High-Performance, High-Power Zoom Nikon’s newest telephoto zoom lens features a versatile 80-400mm focal length (5x zoom equivalent) that offers photographers a high-power FX-format lensing option to help capture stunning stills and HD video. Whether birding or shooting from the stands, the lens is also compatible with DX-format bodies to extend the maximum reach to 120-600mm (35mm equivalent). Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon D-SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is loaded with essential NIKKOR technologies to help ensure top performance for the advanced photographer, including Vibration Reduction (VR) allowing for up to four stops of image stabilization while Auto tripod detection VR allows for effortless stabilization when mounted on a tripod. The lens sports Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure fast and quiet AF operation, and two focusing modes including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual). A new optical formula features 20 elements in 12 groups and includes one Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements for maximum clarity in a wide variety of shooting environments.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,699.95.*1 For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*1 SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length80–400 mm
Image stabilisationYes (Vibration Reduction up to 4 stops)
Lens mountNikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF32.0 - F40.0
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements20
Groups12
Special elements / coatings4 ED glass elements 1 Super ED glass element
Focus
Minimum focus1.75 m (68.9)
Maximum magnification0.2×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeUltrasonic
Full time manualUnknown
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleYes
Physical
Weight1570 g (3.46 lb)
Diameter96 mm (3.76)
Length203 mm (7.99)
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread77 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeHB-65
Tripod collarYes