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Nikkor Question?
Old 03-23-2005, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is to all of the Nikon users out there. I am looking to purchase an 80 - 200 mm f2.8 ED AF lens and my budget is limited. I want to replace a Tokina 80 - 200 F2.8 ATX Pro I currently have that is too soft to suit me.

I recently saw a used, excellent condition 80 - 200 f2.8 AF ED Nikkor at a great price but it appreas to be at least 5 to 6 years old if not perhaps older. The lens I am looking at only has 1 ring on it which I think controls both zooming and manual focus. I know before Nikon brought out their AFS 70 - 200 mm they had an 80 - 200 on the market that has 2 rings, one for zoom and the second for manual focus.

Is there anyone out there that has had experience with this older 80 - 200 lens that can give me the benefit of their experience? I am concerned about how quickly it will autofocus with my 2 Nikon bodies (D100 and F100 with the external battery grips).

Also, I do not want to get this Nikkor lens and find out that it is not as good or only just as good as the Tokina I now have.

The Nikkor I am looking at truly is in excellent condition with no flaws of blemishes on the glass so it at least looks like a good deal but I want second opinions so if anyone can help me out it will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There are several different versions of the lens. Try these links:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80200.htm
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80200afs.htm

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Re: Nikkor Question?
Old 03-24-2005, 12:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used the 1 ring version of the 80-200 on the D100 at weddings and for indoor sports. I don't think you can go wrong buying this lens.

It's heavy but very well balanced so it doesn't feel as heavy as it is. At weddings we typically will use it for shooting from the balcony on a tripod. For indoor sports I use it handheld.

I haven't had any problems with the autofocus but how it works for you will be determined by your needs.


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Re: Nikkor Question?
Old 03-24-2005, 01:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've used the 80-200 and also have the 70-300vr and used them on a D100 ... i like the 80-200 better. Just my personal opinion.
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Great lense great clarity. Watch out though, the early version has no tripod rind and hanging that piece of glass off the body mounted on tripod always scares me. I hand hold it on many occasions.
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would spend a little more money and buy a good used 2 ring version with the tipod mount if I were you. I have one and it's a fantastic lens if you can't afford the AFS or 70-200 VR.
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Old 03-25-2005, 12:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Greetings! Go with the AF-S 2 ring version. It produces sharp, saturated, contrasty images with excellent OOF highlights. Very creamy!

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You can scan for excellent deals @ KEH.com

This was shot w/ the Nikkor AF-S 80-200 ED-IF

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