Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 61
Rated 5 out of 5 by OLA71 The best mid range zoom lens from Nikon
I’ve been with Nikon gear since 1993 and my “mayor” fist buy was the older version of this lens (the push-pull barrel with no tripod mount). I start with this comment because this version corrects almost all the disadvantages of its predecessor. The “slow” barrel motion to get the correct focal distance and the BIG issue that you need to buy a “cradle” to hold the lens to a camera in order to put both together mounted in a tripod.
In terms of price you’ll find it in about $1,200 and it worth every dollar invested. The “new” version moves smooth and fast depending on which camera you put on. The new versions like the D600 are quite faster than the older ones but the fact that still uses the motor in the body makes it a little slower vs. the 70-200mm version.
The optics are exceptional and with poor light conditions or indoors you can get razor blade sharp photos at f/2.8. This lens is also great for portrait because you can move form 85mm to 135mm with a little twist of hand. Allowing you to be more still or to keep a good distance vs. your subject. The other advantage is its shallow depth of field that allows you to have really blurred backgrounds.
Since I can remember all the Nikon (ED rated) are simple the best in class. The colors are true and the definition and sharpness always at the top. They worth the extra bucks!
Another advantage is the filter size (77mm) if you are considering to move to top of the line gear you can invest in Nikon Filters such as the New soft focus or the circular polarizer and use between them. There are now plenty of other top lens with such filter size. This is important when you buy a Polarizer of +$125 USD.
I tested the 80-200mm VR and the outcomes in terms of quality are almost the same, the difference is if you take photos without tripod at focal lengths higher than 105mm. As a thumb rule you need a speed that doubles the focal length in order to avoid camera movement. In this case to obtain a 1/250 sec. in low light or indoors is not that easy. Nevertheless now we can “compensate” using a higher ISO number. In the old days the use of an ISO 400 film was considered fast. Now with the newer Nikon DSLR you can set the ISO at 800 or 1600 and still get outstanding results.
Some consider this lens “old fashion” because don’t come with the VR features but this depends on you. I still like to “think” when you are taking portraits and compensate the camera movement and lighting conditions, making photography both, challenging and rewarding.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by StuDawg True work horse!
I've bought this lens at least 12-13 years ago and have taken 1,000's, and I mean 1,000's, of first quality pics (35mm and digital) with it. It's truly a beast and it has been trucked all over the world and has never failed me!
My photo buddy has the 80-200 VR II and we can't tell the difference, except that he's not very happy about spending a grand for VR that he doesn't ever use!
We're both shooting D800's and as with every Nikkor 2.8 lens, the images are spectacular. But that's what I expect or I wouldn't have switched from Canon 14-15 years ago!!
August 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joe C LI NY Great Lens
I have used this lens a few times under different solutions & have found it to be very reliable, incredibly sharp easy to use in close to distant shots in an instant. I only have it 3 months this winter season & can't wait to use it a great deal more the rest of the year when the weather is agreeable. So far I have only hand held this lens with excellent results but this lens is best used on a tripod where its full potential can be explored.I attached 4 of the most recent hand held shots in sequence of the gull flying/landing & the dog came out of nowhere & I adjusted & got him too.! All in one motion & zooming in/out thats how easily this heavy duty lens reacted. The heavy weight is offset by the excellent results achieved.
March 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MartinC No Faults
I have used this lens for 5 years for thousands of shots, primarily at soccer games. It is built like a tank, optically excellent and great value. For sports VR doesn't help so for me the choice was easy beween the newer 70-200 VR and the 80-200. I have used this lens on a D200 and now on a D7000 and in both cases focus is fast and precise despite the 'old' screw drive focus.
There really isn't any more to say, I just wish all the newer lenses were as solid as this one.
March 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Irak P. Superb optic quality, sturdy and solid and yes, FAST AF
I've had my copy for about 4 years and there are a lot to say about it, i'll start with the:
Incredible image quality continuously from f2.8 to f11 where diffraction kicks but still usable results.
Sharp CORNER TO CORNER also from 2.8. The Bokeh is just beautiful wide open (slight loss in roundness at the corners) and acceptable up to 5.6, if the subject to background distance is enough the blur is super creamy and ethereal.
But this tank is not all this girly stuff... It is extremely well build, solid and sturdy, absolutely not a delicate lens, it can take well use and abuse, all internal focusing is welcome and front element slightly inside the outer rim making it safer. The limiting device works just fine but you might never use it if you leave it in full because this lens ALMOST NEVER HUNTS OR LOOSES C-AF, which is actually very very fast.
I do a lot of Collage Basketball and Volleyball, and its AF speed is enough, only I have tried the 70-200 AF-S vr II and yes, it focuses a slight almost unnoticeable faster the new one. (Is it worth the 2x Price?...)
Overall it is a fantastic lens that i have to say to all the people that say it is heavy, well... are'n all the good lenses a bit heavy? It is certainly not that heavy, not for the quality of this gem.
The tripod collar has a perfect quality in the movements, yo can leave it slightly loose and then rotate orientation vertical to horizontal as many times your framing dictates and it won't loose further or get tighter at all, the best I've tried in that matter. All japanese quality, here is far superior to the new 70-200 VR II.
Some may encounter the fall-off from 135 to 200 a little bit too much (only at 2.8, by 4.0 it is unnoticeable) I don't, in fact is pleasant for me, if you don't like it Lightroom has the lens profile and wipes the fall-off very fast and also DXO does a great job automatically. (I prefer the results from lightroom).
CONTRA (yes... singular, not plural)
The ring that selects manual or AF it is terrible, it is flimsy as its placement is awkward, exactly where the lens rests when handheld, you keep pushing the button all the time, and eventually, due to the poor quality of the plasticky ring you end up breaking it. I've break it 3 times, last time I didn't send it repaired and glued the stuff in place, surprisingly Its holding on better than new.
Summarizing, if you want to shoot gym or sidecourt sports you wont use the VR of the new lens anyway, (it will slow your AF therefore FPS if you use release+focus or focus release priority, so BETTER GET OR KEEP THIS ONE. If you don't shoot sports and you use this one for portraits, GET OR KEEP THIS ONE. Only for quicker situations (male basketball for instance) might be BETTER THE AF-S of the new 70-200, and the difference is a slight one. For the weddings i find the AF-S of the new one QUIETER and more suitable than this 80-200 because of the 70 length instead of the 80 and the slight better close focus capacity of the AF-S VR II... That is why I'll get the new one and only for that.
I hope this was useful for your decision.
January 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patt Very strong lens.......
What a strong lens,........I have several Nikon lenses,all very fine. But this baby is perfect for my D700.I feel it has substance,some may call it heavy..I do not. It is wel balanced,focuses faster than all my lenses...and is razor sharp...Do not hesitate to purchase this lens....
December 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by imagesbytommyg Amazing 80-200mm 2.8D lens!
I have had this lens for almost two months now as a replacement to another zoom model (non Nikon) and it is amazing. The price is right, it is very sharp and is average in weight for this focal range. The build quality is phenomenal and makes me proud to walk around with a pro-lens. Great job Nikon!
February 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alewigi What a great 2.8f Zoom for a great price
If you are starting out as a pro or a serious photographer, and looking for a 2.8f pro zoom, this is the lens to get. Period! The results on a D300s is almost the same as the newer much more expensive 70-200mm and you will hardly miss the extra f-stop. I Love This lens, Bokeh is beautiful! Daytime or low light... With the Crop factor of 1.5 on the D300s, I actually have a 102-300mm. It fits nicely in smaller camera bags. Looks really good on the camera. Performs every time. Pin sharp pictures, you can really crop. Weddings, Wildlife, Watch out.. I'm coming for you.
September 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by SWEDE MOST VERSATILE
This is my most used lens. It is versatile, easy to hold, has great glass, and has not failed me in any weahter condition anywhere in the world
July 31, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by BK Lens I have wanted for years
This lens I have had my eye on for years. Back in the day with family, it was not in the budget. This is a fantastic lens, affordable, with quality glass. It works great on the D7000, and my old N8008. The quality of the pictures is amazing. For the price, this is a bargain. The VR on the newer 70-200 is not all the impressive, for an extra $1000 plus dollars. This is a great lens, and should not be overlooked.
July 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nickolaas A great quality lens very sharp and fast
This is a great lens I shoot sports. I have found this lens to focus super fast with wonderful sharpness.
I would highly recomend it.
April 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by crow Best zoom telephoto I have ever owned
This zoom is the best I have ever owned. Its sharp and focus is fast. As for speed this lens combined with my D-700 is exceptional. I've owned Nikon since 1968 and I think they have out done themselfs this time.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ed The best all around zoom
The 80-200 D f2.8 two ring lense has always been a favorite. The amazing quality throughout the full range of zoom and apeture is spectacular. I also like the boca the lens creates. There are few lenses that really help create great images this is one of them. This is the second time owning this lens. I will kepp it until I accidentally drop it of a cliff or loose it in the ocean.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by lou's photos Great lens, a work horse.
I'm a freelance sport photographer for an online newspaper. Since buying this lens all of my sport photography has been shot with this lens. It has fast focus and very nice bokeh. It's built like a tank and I feel like it will be around for a long time to come.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by R adn Photography Superior performance, built like a tank
I have owned and shot with this lens for about four years now. it is the most reliable and durable lens I can imagine.
The images are tack sharp. I have compared it to the latest stabilized Nikon lens with no discernible difference in image qualities.While shooting high school sports this lens was slammed, dropped, and generally torture tested but never failed to perform even when the auto focus switch was broken, I held it in place and shot the second half.of the game. As a matter of fact I shot four more months before I had the lens repaired.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cellar1 Great lens but a bit heavy
I have had this lens for about two years and find that the lens takes high quality photos. The lens is quite heavy but this is expected as the lens is quite large.
I have carried this lens on many trips and excursions around the world and canoing and camping in areas close to my home.
I am certainly pleased with the lens. If I had the available cash I might even consider purchasing a 400mm lens as I enjoy taking photos of birds and animals and sometimes it is hard to get close enough with the 200mm lens. I don't have any difficulty using the lens even when I have had to hold my camers above crowds of people.
I would definitely recommned this lens. I shied away from the VR lens as I have had some issues with VR with another camera where the VR setting made focusing a bit of an issue!! And VR is supposed to make focusing easier!! Go figure.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by BWCombs An underrated lens
I've had this lens for some time now, and have used it with film and digital, and to this day, marvel at its performance. I do not shoot sports or anything requiring speed and such. But for a constant f/2.8 lens this is a wonderful addition to anyone's bag. And it's affordable.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Abraxsis Top notch lens for a great price.
For the price this lens is top notch. Really sharp and fast focus. Some people thumb their noses at it because it doesn't have VR in it. In my opinion you should know how to use a proper pro lens without VR, then use VR only in those instances where it is absolutely needed. The only con to this lens is it doesn't come with a hood, nor is there a petal hood available for it (which I feel is better). I have used this lens on Micro 4/3rds camera and it is STELLAR, better than the lenses available from those companies.
April 14, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wm Gardner Photography Sweet Lens & a Steal of a Deal
This was the first "good" telephoto lens I bought. What a difference! Over the years, this lens has been around the country with me a few times now. It is not as fast focusing as the new AS-F lenses but the image quality is such that I will have a hard time ever switching to the 70-200 versions.
I use my 80-200 for both landscape photography and as a part of my portrait photography business. It is hard for me to find anything bad to say about this lens. Despite all the new product offerings, if I had to replace this lens, it would likely be with another 80-200!
March 25, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by DG This lens is a beast...
If you are shooting sports, indoor events, portraits, close up wildlife...ok anything at all where a lens with a focal length between 80mm and 200mm is needed, this lens will not disappoint! if you buy it, you will love it! image quality is as good as it gets. it is f/2.8 fast-built to be abused and just wont let you down! it is heavy but lots of glass always is!
Wouldnt be caught without it!
January 23, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by dmbNik The End Results are incredible
When I need a little reach I tuck this baby in my belt holster when out shooting. Although it does not have the fancy VR feature, I still get great shots because it is a great lens. If you can not afford the exotic prices of the other lens in this range - this is one fine hunk of glass. It is easy to work with and feels just about right with a D700 attached for balance. The lens renders excellent color rich sharp photos and pulls the details out of your subjects. From my experience pin sharp around 185mm at F11. Does well with oncoming light with incredible photos with light coming from your back.
October 30, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnM Top-Notch Lens
In 1991 I bought my first 80-200 2.8 lens, the non-D push-pull version. I liked it so well that I now have the latest incarnation (and still have the old one).
This lens performs extremely well. The AF is fast enough for everything except the fastest sports, and even then it is capable.
It is certainly a cheaper alternative than the newest 70-200, and the image quality is nearly identical (great!)
October 14, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Davis My favorite lens
This is my absolute favorite portrait lens. The short DOF at 2.8 combined with the compression at 200mm make for amazing shots. This lens is built like a TANK too, with the weight to prove it. AF is nice and fast on my D300s, a bit slower on the D100. One of Nikon's best lenses ever, there's a reason it's still around, even after the 70-200 series.
September 28, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by ProPhotog A must have
When it comes to the 80-200 mm range NIKON has given me a solid reason to work without prime lenses in this area.
This lens is the one I use to compare sharpness on all my other lenses and cameras, both 35 & 2 1/4 format.
September 18, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brian M Outstanding
I have been shooting for a few years and just over year ago I started shooting for a major NHL team. When I started I used a borrowed 70-200 VR1, After season was over friend sold it so another let me try his 80-200. I have just bought my own I was so impressed. I loved that it was lighter than the 70-200 and was smaller (easier to stick through ports in glass at arena) and most of all it allowed me to fund an SB900 with the difference. Every shot is tack sharp, very manageable when following action while handholding. A superstar in my book!!!
September 2, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by gbaydave Great Lens Worth Owning
I bought this lens 8 years ago and have never regreated that decision. I have used it with both film and digital SLRS and found it to be suitable for all types of picture taking. I do not need the latest or most expensive to make great pictures. This is my favorite 'warhorse' among my nikon lenses. It is a great lens and well worth owning.
August 15, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brechdofragen Reliable and high quality
I'm very impressed by this lens. I use this with a D3 and the focusing is very quick and accurate. The lens is very sharp. It is a lot lighter than the VR equivalents.
Only complaint is that a lens hood is not included. It was fairly affordable to add though.
August 13, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by juwilly excellent for the serious photographer in the fiel
This lens is very light weight and gives you the edge you need in most shooting situations without having to toe along a heavvy camera bag full of other accesories you seldom u,se for the right application. I am very happy with this lens and would recommend it to all those who like long lenses for short prices and light weight
August 11, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by WyeKnot Solid lens
Great image performance, medium focus, lens shade awkwardly sized. No problems with this lens over the years.
August 2, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by M4J1C_H4NDS This is my new workhorse lens
I've only had the lens for a week and have shot in several different venues and locations, as an advanced beginner, I am very impressed and have now planned a few trips so that I can see how versatile it is. I am planning to purchase a few more lenses to complete my arsenal.
August 1, 2010