Need help in buying 80-200 F2.8, AF-D vs AF-S

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Re: Need help in buying 80-200 F2.8, AF-D vs AF-S

I have the 80-200 AF-D, since 1995.  Excellent lens, though certainly outclassed by the 70-200 models.   As others have said, the AF-MF switch (it's a ring that turns) is a known weakness of the lens.   However, when I was shooting it I only changed to MF rarely.  (Usually to manually put the focus back in the right range if the camera through it into the wrong range and gave up.)

For your purpose, I'm wondering if it's the right focal length.  Here's my opinion on this lens, as well as my 70-200 F2.8.   I started shooting the 80-200 on film, then DX (D70s, D200, D300), then FX (D700).   The 70-200 has been used on D800e and D810.

My bottom line:  The 70/80-200 focal length works very well on FX or film for portraits and event shooting.   I find it pretty awkward on DX as it is simply too long on the wide end then, but still not long enough for wildlife on the long end.   On FX, 200mm is definitely not long enough for wildlife.

I don't know what distance your subjects are, so it may be a good fit for you on DX, or it may not.

I also saw mention of a 200-500, another lens I have.   In conjunction with that lens, an 80-200 suddenly makes more sense.   When I'm out shooting with the 200-500, I often need something wider to the point where I view the 200-500 as half the lenses you need to carry.  It needs to be complemented with something like a 70-200.  (I think the 70-200 f4 makes some sense here.)

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