differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Significantly better wide angle 80 mm vs 200 mm
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2.5x better wide angle
Wider aperture f/4.5 vs f/5.6
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At its widest, the AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
More zoom 5x vs 2.5x
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2x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Shorter 203 mm vs 268 mm
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More than 20% shorter
Lighter 1.6 kg vs 2.1 kg
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More than 20% lighter
Smaller diameter 97 mm vs 108 mm
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More than 10% smaller lens at the end
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
Better telephoto 500 mm vs 400 mm
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Around 30% more reach, less perspective distortion
Cheaper $1,144.48 vs $1,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $655 cheaper (around 40% less)
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Nikon VR
Max focal length Excellent telephoto Help
AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR400 mm
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR500 mm
Wide minimum Very wide aperture Help
f/32
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRf/4.5
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VRf/5.6
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Length Quite long Help
AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR203 mm
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR268 mm
Weight Heavy Help
AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR1.6 kg
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR2.1 kg
Diameter Quite large diameters Help
AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR97 mm
AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR108 mm

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

LensHero is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Competitors

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Wildlife lens

$1,659 - $1,799

Min focal length Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Wildlife lens

$982

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wildlife lens

$134

Length Significantly shorter
Weight Significantly lighter
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Competitors

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