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This lens is great I have used the 70-200mm f2.8 af-s lens and the 80-200mm f2.8 af lens goes toe to toe with it the focus is a little slower also has problems focusing a 200mm but its not too bad. this lens is heavy but is a pro lens that just how it works.I work at a news paper and we have a few of these lenses and they are beat up dropped and wacked off door frames from time to time and they still put out tack sharp images a really strong lens build to last. side note I purchased this lens used rated as V for heavy wear I know its hit or miss but I got a lens the seems to be new has a few nicks. I usually buy E or E+ but they were sold out. adorama's used store is top notch in my opinion.
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...
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.
This will probably be one of the most desired zoom lenses Nikon ever. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â Â Â Â Â Â They all have in common the excellent optics and build quality. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â Â Â Â Â Â The blur is excellent, very smooth! Produces beautiful results in all situations is not necessary to use it only in larger apertures. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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! Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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. Â Â Â Â Â Â 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.
This was an excellent lens before the D800/D600 era. I bought this lens two years ago, and I was pretty happy with the results because I mainly used the focal lenght between 85 - 135mm. I didn't care for anything at 200mm because they looked somewhat soft; a typical behavior of telezoom. Recently, I was doing IQ comparison with all my lenses and I discoved that the lens couldn't focus at 200mm on smaller objects no matter what I did. I sent the lens back to Nikon and the tech rep suggested it might be a issue with back focusing...anyhow, I got the lens back within 2 weeks, and there was a letter from Nikon explaining that this lens may not better 100% compatible with new DSLRs due to advance in AF technology. Furthermore, there isn't any modifications they could do to fix the problem. I then tried to use to AF Tuning on the D600 and was able to make the images a little sharpen at 200mm, but still unexceptible by any standards. I have both D800 & D600, and the lens has the same problem with both. If you are thinking about saving some money and settle for this older version, be warned!
Convention and landscapes This lens is not as sharp as the VR versions but the lack of that added weight makes this superior for my use.
Very sharp and consistent medium range lens, great bokeh and very little fall off at lower stops. It's heavy but that's from great construction and it's built to to last .
I generally don't rate items as 5 star but I'm hard pressed to find fault with this lens at the price it sells for. I owned a Nikon 70-200 VRII but didn't have the cash to replace it after having it stolen. I hoped this would be an acceptable replacement. After having this lens for a few weeks, I'd have a real hard time spending the money again on the 70-200. While there are some advantages to the 70-200, namely the VR and a little better job handling flare and CA, I'm not sure if the extra $1200 is justified; at least not for me. The image quality with this lens is every bit as good as with the 70-200. If you want to pixel peep you might see some marginal improvement in areas where there are contrasting tones/colors hitting at hard edges but that's not really going to be an issue for most users. The VR is what is ultimately going to be the deciding factor for me if I have to chose again at some point. The shooting I do, either with flashes or subjects in motion, the VR doesn't really have much benefit. Now if I was someone shooting a lot of static subjects, racked out to 200mm, in low light, hand held, then maybe the VR would something I'd need. Even then, I'd have to decide if the VR was worth the extra expense. As it is, I thought I'd be disappointed moving from the 70-200 to the 80-200 and I'm not at all.
I have been buying from this company for years, but I may have to change suppliers. I bought this lens recently, but felt compelled to send it back due to the lens box being crushed and ripped due to sloppy packing. I just ordered a different lens, and it too arrived with the gold Nikon box damaged, although this time just with gold paint scuffed off on two sides. Tossing an expensive lens on the bottom of a shipping container and laying padding on the top won't cut it, people!
At half the price of the 70-200 2.8 it's a great lens. Focuses fast on my D800. It's a little soft at 200mm at least on my copy but at 135mm and lower it's great.