differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

More zoom 5x vs 4x
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Around 30% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly shorter 170 mm vs 193 mm
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More than 10% shorter
Slightly lighter 1.4 kg vs 1.6 kg
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More than 10% lighter
Slightly better wide angle 80 mm vs 100 mm
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20% better wide angle
Slightly more magnification 1:2.4 (0.4) vs 1:3.2 (0.3)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 40% larger in your photo
Slightly smaller diameter 91 mm vs 94 mm
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Almost the same
Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Learn more about
the Nikon VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Reasons to consider the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Has a silent focus motor Canon USM vs None
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Almost the same
Better image stabilization Canon IS II vs Nikon VR
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Less risk of blur
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Learn more about
the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D EDNikon VR
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USMCanon IS II
Max focal length Excellent telephoto Help
400 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Zoom range Great zoom Help
VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED5x
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM4x
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
f/5.6
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
f/4.5
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths
Length Quite long Help
VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED170 mm
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM193 mm
Weight Heavy Help
VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED1.4 kg
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM1.6 kg

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED80 mm
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM100 mm

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

competitors

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

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Wildlife lens

$1,105 - $1,349

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Length Shorter
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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

Wildlife lens

$1,146 - $1,397

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Min focal length Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix G Vario  100-300mm f/4-5.6 O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 O.I.S.

Wildlife lens

$500 - $598

Weight Lighter
Diameter Smaller diameter
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Wildlife lens

$319 - $597

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Travel lens

$889 - $947

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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

Wildlife lens

$1,799

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range Less zoom

discussion Which do you think is better?

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