DxOMark published their test results for the Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens which is currently priced for $2,696.95 at Amazon. AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens scored 22 which is better than the old version of this lens. DxOMark tested this lens with the high-end Nikon D800 DSLR camera.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is a versatile telephoto zoom lens that is compatible with both FX and DX-sized image sensors.
This lens features an extensive zoom range of 80-400mm (DX equivalent: 120-600mm) with 5 ED Elements, Nano Crystal Coating, Silent Wave Motor, MF Override and Vibration Reduction.
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Test Results
Below you can see the overall score of the Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens mounted on Nikon D800 DSLR camera.
Here is the comparison of Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, the old 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D AF and Sigma 120-400mm lens.
From DxOMark Conclusion :
So, is the new lens worth it? Yes, it is, this is a good lens. If you want to zoom from a short Tele right up to 400mm this is the best choice you have. However, before you spend your money do look at the quality implications of getting a Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f4G ED VR and a longer prime lens, maybe a 300mm f4. The 70-200 has a DxO Mark score of 28 and sharpness of 21P-MPix, it and a 300mm f4 would still cost less than the 80-400 and might give you better results.