Here is the info on the lens... I will lower the price to $840. The website is from smugmug.
Brand: Nikon MPN: 1996NAS, JAA771DA, 80400MM, 1996B, 1996, 1996-80-400MM Focus Type: Auto & Manual Compatible Brand: For Nikon Camera Type: SLR, Digital SLR, Other Format Camera Technology: Digital, Film Focal Length: Zoom, 80-400mm Maximum Aperture: f/2.8 Mount: Nikon AF-S, Nikon F Country of Manufacture: Japan Type: Telephoto, Aspheric, Image Stabilization UPC: 4960759021656 Detailed item info Product Information The Nikon Nikkor 80 mm - 400 mm lens is both a telephoto and aspherical camera lens. With an FX/35 mm format with a maximum angle view of 20 degrees and a minimum of 4 degrees, this Nikon camera lens is ready for a variety of framed shots. The auto and manual camera lens uses 17 elements in 11 groups and is compatible with FX, DX, FX, DX Crop Mode, and 35 mm film, offering versatility. The minimum focal distance of this Nikon Nikkor 80 mm - 400 mm lens is 7.5 ft, with a 5x zoom ratio, making this a camera for medium to longer distance shots. The aperture of this Nikon camera lens is f/4.5 to f/5.6 with a minimum aperture of f/32. The Nikon Nikkor 80 mm - 400 mm lens uses vibration reduction (VR) for handheld shooting, used in both still photographs and video, optimising for longer distance shooting. This auto and manual camera lens is easily used with two modes of VR in both the image plane and the viewfinder. It makes for a clear shot and certainty of getting the framed shot a photographer is looking for in a picture. The lens also uses extra low dispersion glass for high-resolution and incorporates autofocus for quick shoots on the go.
Thanks. I'm torn. I have the 70-300mmm AF-s VR lens and I'm not convinced that it's all that sharp, although the reviewers say it is. I was looking for a sharper lens at the longer distances, and the 80-400 was one that got good reviews. I'll have to think about it some more.
Having owned both, I'd rate the 70-300 as being sharper handheld with the 80-400 sharper on a tripod. They are both a little short for wildlife though the 400 obviously more useful for this purpose. For hiking, the 80-400 worked really well on a monopod with VR off.