AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon's Legendary f2.8 Tele-Zoom
I have used this lens on assignments around the world. It's been dropped, splashed with salt water, left in hot vehicles for hours on end, caked in sand, and no matter what I do with it, it continues to make extraordinary pictures every time out. It focuses nearly as fast as the 70-200 AFS, yet it is noticeably smaller and lighter, and best of all it costs one-third less! Yet its optical performance is absolutely unreal. Sharpness, contrast and colour fidelity are spectacular. Distortion is minimal, ghosts and flare are unheard-of. It's built like a tank.
Several people have asked me why I don't upgrade to the 70-200 AFS with VR, but in all honesty I just don't see what I would gain. This lens does everything I ask of it and more. Wonderful lens that every photographer should have in their bag.
August 6, 2010
Great alternative to 70-200
This lens has been fantastic for shooting horse shows, and for everything else as well. It's a little long for close up work but if you've got room to back up does fine for portraits. Always sharp, and very fast, it is a fine sub for the twice as expensive 70-200. It's heavy though, be sure and get a more elastic foam type strap for long outings to avoid neck chaff. Good for indoors especially w today's awesome high ISO sensors. Most indoor arenas can be shot at ISO 3200 or less at 2.8 without flash.
July 30, 2010
A must have for any level of photographer
When you see those photos off Getty images, professional basketball, football games, and concerts this lens makes that level of imaging. Doesn't matter rather you use it on a DX or FX camera, it produces sharp photo regardless. It's a waste of money I feel to even invest in the 50mm and up lenses, VS just getting this one. You get this lens, all you need is a nice wide angle to cover everything else and you're set.
It's very heavy as it's metal, but at the same time, built to last. You get used to its heaviness after awhile actually. Plus the photos look so nice, with such excellent color rendition that you can take them straight off the camera without needing photo shop, for those that always want to tweak photos. In a lot of photography I've done, the black color seems to fall off at a point and I see a lot of distortion as a result. This lens has what seems zero color fall off, and all you need is minimal light to take great photos.
It gathers the light so well, it's mind blowing. This is one of those lenses once you use it once, you'll want to take photos of everything with it. If you have portfolios built, you'll want to rebuild your whole image off this lens, it's that serious. It might be pricy, but good imaging does not come cheap, and if you do photography full time, this lens will be a reason you get repeat business. People just get hooked on the look once they see what they look like.
Great for sports, portraits, or anything you want to take a photo of honestly, as it just keeps pumping out crystal clear images like nothing. When I look at a well lit photo off this lens, its literally like I'm looking through a window, no joke...
May 6, 2015
Great bokeh, fantastic lens
This lens is a go to lens in my bag, as a great landscape tool as well as street photography and even portraits and head shots. Very fast focus, one of my favorite Nikon products.
November 18, 2014
Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF
This will probably be one of the most desired zoom lenses Nikon ever.
Still continue to have a good demand and its share price, despite the innumerable quantity sold in each of its versions, is a reflection of the robustness and quality with which they were built.
Produced from 1987 to 2008, was sold in four models:
*1 (1987-1992) 80-200mm Nikkor f / 2.8 ED AF - model push / pull with 3 ED elements.
*2 (1992-1997) 80-200mm Nikkor f / 2.8 ED AF-D - going to be an objective of the series D (now has the distance information to the object focused for better light metering, now possible in 3D Matrix). Is also a push / pull with 3 ED elements in your building model.
*3 (1997-2006) 80-200mm Nikkor f / 2.8 ED AF-D - also D series, this third model (review here) has won a string of tripod and went on to have two rings - one for adjusting focus and the other for focal length. As with previous models has three ED elements.
*4 (2007-2008) 80-200mm Nikkor f / 2.8 ED-IF AF-S - D series, this latest model now has a system of internal focus IF. Its optical construction features 5 ED elements.
They all have in common the excellent optics and build quality.
The optical quality of this lens is excellent! Produces images with vivid colors, good contrast and very sharp. Certainly the three ED elements present in its construction contribute to such good results.
The blur is excellent, very smooth! Produces beautiful results in all situations is not necessary to use it only in larger apertures.
The level of construction, just pick up one of these lenses to feel its weight and robustness denouncing their quality. Very well built, made primarily of metal.
But it is important to pay attention to some details: this is not a sealed and resistant to dust and moisture objective! It takes some care to use it wherever you go. This objective suffers easily with condensation. Careful when exiting a hot environment and go to a cold environment with this objective!
It is also good to be careful with the focus ring, it seems that plastic is used internally to keep you stuck. This plastic can break the misuse. I've worn a used model that was being sold and the focus ring suffered this damage.
Only handle this objective is already a pleasure! While "big" and heavy is a comfortable lens to use. The two rings are well placed - the zoom ring is not "glued" to the camera body - which allows you to switch between them expeditiously.
DX used in this objective becomes a 120-300mm f / 2.8! A good range of distances and certainly more than enough for a multitude of situations.
August 20, 2014