Nikon AF-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

Telephoto zoom lens | Nikon F (FX) | 1986

Bought this lens from the big auction site for under $300 USD (first version). Lens came in, in very good condition (minor paint wear on the sides, but glass is good). Pros: (1) Sturdy, well built lens, made of lots of metal construction. (2) Aperture setting has a lock button on it, so it doesn't slip. (3) Push/pull design is easy to use, and makes for quick zoom adjustments.

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Joed700
 

This lens used to be my favorite when I was shooting film and eventually switched to digital (D700).  It's fast by yesterday's standards and excellent build quality even by today's standards.  It's almost flare free when you shoot it against the sun.  However, it's time has passed.  I would not recommend this lens if you are shooting anything above D700, like D600, D800/D750.  It's super soft at 200mm with high res camera bodies.  I did numerous comparisons using different copies of this ...

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I have been looking for a decent portrait lens for a while. I have been shooting with the 105 f/2.5 AIS for some time and wanted a different feel. I was in the market for a sub-1000 lens that can give me decent results. The final choices were: 1. 180 f/2.8 2. 300 f4 3. 135 f2 DC 4. 105 f2 DC 5. 80-200 f2.8 6. 70-200 f2.8 VRI Reading the reviews, it was really hard to choose as all seem to deliver great quality portraits. It all came down to availability. While I really wanted the 135f2, there ...

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This lens is quite possibly the best deal you can get in a pro lens. It's [relatively] sharp, fast, accurate, and unlike so many lenses out there, it's built to last. I bought mine a year ago because I couldn't justify the $2300 the new 70-200mm f/2.8 costs. For $1100, I think this lens is a steal. There's a reason Nikon has been producing this particular lens since 1997. People love it. The front element is recessed enough that, unless you bump it into a corner or something that protrudes, ...

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I was able to pick up one of these in very good condition for $399 and have been impressed. It, along with the 85 1.8G, are probably the best values in my collection and outperform much more expensive lenses optically. I knew this focal length range was not one I would use that much so it did not make sense to spend a massive amount for a brand new 70-200. My thought was that if this did not deliver the goods, I might get a 70-200/4, a 80-200 of the newer version, a used Nikkor 70-200VR 2.8, ...

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KC Davis
 

Rented a used copy for the weekend as I'm looking for a replacement from my Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM which is actually a pretty good lens in and of itself. Prior to renting this lens I thought the Sigma was a bit slow but it actually isn't. My issue with the Sigma is its size and I wanted a quality 200 mm lens at an affordable price. As far as image quality is concerned, the Nikon wins out. In my humble, un-professional opinion it is slightly sharper and produces better color and ...

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inlawbiker
 

Truth be told I haven't owned a ton of lenses and this is my first "pro" lens.  I looked at the 70-200 VR1, and 80-200 AF-S lenses first because I couldn't justify the 70-200 VR2 price for my amateur needs.  The least expensive sports zoom is the lens and I am so glad I bought it. This lens is sharp and brilliant at any zoom length, any aperture.  Even wide open shots are sharp and crisp.  Focus tracking and speed are very fast on my D7000.  After using this lens for a while every other lens ...

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This is an outstanding lens, and even better if you can find one used in decent shape. I bought mine used twelve years ago for $900, which was about 2/3 the cost of a new one at the time. Over the years, I sent it out twice to Nikon Canada for repairs to the dreaded "broken A/M switch" and a general CLA, each time costing me $200 dollars. I sold it early this year for $700 (to "update" to the VRII) -- total investment, $600. That's not bad at all, considering that I must have shot well over ...

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good lens! fast AF! built like tank!

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Rides2007Harley
 

This lens features old technology that still works and works well. I purchased this lens for my D7000. It is everything that I had hoped for and more. The lens is crisp at any aperature and focal length. The focus speed on the D7000 is fast and tracks well on moving objects. I seriously considered the 70-200 II with vibration reduction but the cost is over double the price of this lens. For me, my main objective is to use this lens for wildlife, sports and car racing. For moving objects the ...

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