Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D, why?

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Sam Carleton
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Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D, why?
Aug 21, 2008

I just read over Ken Rockwell's write-up on the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D. He claims that it focuses 80% as fast as the AF-S 80-200 f/2.8. Very interesting. Can anyone add to that? I know Ken can be a bit controversial;)

But here is the 'why': Why is Nikon STILL making this lens? My first thought was they wanted to continue to have an option in this range that still has an aperture ring for the older cameras, but then why not the AF-S version rather then the D version? In the end, I cannot figure out why they still make the lens new, I am sure there is a reason, just wondering what it is?

Oh, as a FYI, I have figured out why Nikon still makes those MF lens. There are folks out there in industry that will use these Nikkor lens in industrial applications.
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