The original Nikon 80-400 VR lens wasn’t quite up to par. So recently, they gave it a makeover and have released a brand new lens: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S Zoom Lens
The new lens is heavier, features a more sophisticated vibration reduction (VR) technology, costs a lot more, has three more optical elements and is generally better all around.
I shot the lens on a new Nikon D7100. It was fast to focus and was sharp in the center at every f-stop. It felt good in the hand and was crisp, for lack of a better word. At the extremes (wide open and stopped all the way down) there is some fall off in the corners, which is to be expected on a big zoom lens of this type. — Scott Bourne/Photofocus
The new lens will set a photographer back $2700. With a tag that steep, you better be sure you want it.
If money is tight, try the Sigma 50-500. It doesn’t focus as fast, is bigger and heavier but also has longer reach at the telephoto end and is wider at the short end. — Scott Bourne/Photofocus