Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D Lens
Name: Nikon calls this the Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 D
Optics: Sixteen elements in eleven groups. Three of them are of ED glass.
Diaphragm: 9-bladed diaphragm with nine conventional straight blades. They make a nice 9-sided polygon at all apertures, unlike the AF-S that simulates a circle at larger apertures.
Filters: Uses standard 77mm filters.
Close Focus: About 5.5 feet, which is pretty good. That's about a foot less close than the AF-S when I compared the two directly, and about the same as the 180/2.8AF.
Size: 3.4" (87mm) around by 7.4" (187mm) long.
Weight: 2 pounds, 14 oz (46 ounces total or 1,300g)
Case: It comes with a fairly useless case. Just put it away someplace for when you sell the lens.
Nikon Product Number: 1986, in catalog as of spring 2008.
This is an extremely sharp lens. I have only shot with it a couple of times.
Distortion performance is also good for a zoom:
80-115mm: fairly neutral
200mm: some pincushion distortion
It has the usual light falloff. Here's a page, made at 200mm by someone else illustrating the falloff.
Autofocus is accurate. In real photographs the focus is always dead on at f/2.8. This is important to me, some other lenses' focus errors exclude me from being able to get good results wide open. I like this lens because of this.
Oddly I've heard a couple of others have inaccurate focusing at f/2.8 at 200 mm on a D70. If you want to use this on a D70 I'd check this carefully. The one I used worked great on my F100, and just as many other people see this lens working flawlessly, no, spectacularly, on their D70s.
I'm unsure if it is free from the ghost problem flawing the 80-200 AF-S.
AF speed is almost as fast as the AF-S on an F100. Don't worry about this difference. It does of course make more noise and jump around more than the AF-S does while focusing because the big front lens group is rotating at blindingly fast speeds.
Jump around? Yeah, this is because of the torque reaction you get as the big front element starts and stops rotating almost instantly while driven by the camera's AF motor. In the AF-S lens the elements that move for focusing are the smaller internal elements.
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Sharp Wide Open!
FX--I prefer FX lenses rather than DX lenses because I want to be able to use my lenses not only on my DX bodies but also on my older film bodies and my future FX body.
Image Quality--Relatively sharp even wide open. Its image quality at f/2.8 was very close to the image quality of my 180mm, 105mm, and 85mm manual focus lenses at f/2.8 and that was just what I needed.
Aperture--I prefer a constant aperture instead of variable aperture.
Aperture Ring--Since it has aperture ring, I can use this lens on my older film cameras.
Focal Length--This lens is accurately labeled as 200mm. Another lens by another manufacturer labeled their lens as a 200mm but was really only 140mm.
Lens Housing--Even though it is heavier, I am glad Nikon used metal instead of plastic.
Tripod Mount--With a lens this big and this heavy, I am glad it came with a tripod mount because to reduce the stress on the camera body, I would rather mount the lens to the tripod or to the monopod instead of to the camera body. Since the tripod mount is removable, I can take it off if it gets in my way when I am hand-holding.
Manual Focus--The manual focus ring rotates in same the direction as my other lenses.
Image Color--Is consistent with my other zoom lenses. Another zoom lens I tested produced images that were warmer and more saturated than my other lenses.
Exposure--Is consistent with my other Nikon lenses. Another zoom lens I tested under-exposed by one f/stop.
Price--High but worth it.
Filter--The 77mm filter size is not compatible with my filter inventory.
Lens Hood--I prefer a round metal screw-in lens hood rather than the plastic pedal bayonet lens hood that came with the lens.
Versions--There are about 4 different versions of the 80-200mm Nikon lens and that is not counting the 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR lens. So many versions can lead to confusion. I accidentally bought one of the earlier versions of this lens and had to return it for a more recent version (the earlier version was not as sharp as this version).
Most compatible 70/80-200 pro lens
Many great reviews for this lens exist here and elsewhere (for example, at www.kenrockwell.com), so I am not going to duplicate the effort the others have made.
I am just going to clarify a few thing that others may have gotten slightly wrong or failed to mention.
The 80-200 1:2.8D AF-S is one of the most compatible Nikkor lenses in existence. It fits and works correctly on almost every Nikon camera ever made. The list of which cameras it works with is so long, I will only list the few cameras that some incompatibility with it.
In other words, if you camera is NOT listed here, this lens will function 100% with your camera.
Nikon F and F2. This lens will only provide stop-down metering as it came from the factory. Any competent repairman can add the coupling prong to the lens and provide wide-open metering. This should cost no more than $35 or so.
N4004/N6006/N8008/N2020/N55/N60-No AF with this lens. These older low-to-mid-level film cameras only AF with the first generation Nikon AF lenses, those that use the AF motor in the body of the camera. All other features work fine.
That’s it-only two groups of cameras, one very old (1959-1980) and one of ‘newer’ but still old group of film cameras that won’t function fully with this lens. And even the oldest of these cameras-the F & F2 group from 1959 to 1980, will work just fine with a minor modification.
The replacement for this lens, the 70-200 1:2.8D G AF-S VR lens, eliminated compatibility with all the older Nikon cameras, because it is a ‘G” lens, and has no aperture ring. This means that the newer version of this lens won’t work with most Nikon cameras built before 1988-1990.
This 80-200mm lens was introduced in 1999 and was in continuous production until sometime in 2004, when the lens was replaced with the 70-200 1:2.8D AF-S VR lens, which cost a fair bit more, and dropped the aperture ring, but added VR.
Of all the Nikkor 70/80-200 f/2.8 AF lenses, this is the rarest with only 65,000 made, compared to 170,000+ made of every previous version.
This lens is fantastic on DX cameras, providing a 120-300mm f/2.8 equivalent lens.
This lens works great with the Nikkor TC-14E and Nikkor TC-17E Teleconverters, I know by experience. I do not have a 2X converter, so I cannot testify how this lens works with that device.
The lens came with a removable tripod-ring. Many people remove them to save weight if they are not using a tripod. If you buy a used lens, ENSURE it comes with that ring, or insist upon a substantial discount. The lens is heavy enough that it could damage a camera if you use the camera's tripod mount with this lens.
All-in-all, one of NIkon's best and most usable lenses.
Best value Nikon professional telephoto f/2.8 lens.
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor Lens is a very good quality lens. It's fast (fixed f/2.8), solid (built like a tank), produce great quality image, and priced very reasonably for a professional grade telephoto lens.
Having said that, there are some additional features that would be nice to have for this lens such as image stabilization, more silent autofocus (AF-S), and shorter minimum focus distance but those features will make this lens a lot more expensive (as those feature is included in the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR lens). If budget is not an issue, then I would recommend the 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR (the Vibration Reduction technology and faster and more silent focus are very useful) or the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S (which has faster and more silent focus). If large aperture (fast lens)is not your main requirement, then you can get the 70-300mm VR (at a lower price)
There are several version of 80-200mm f/2.8 lens, and the latest one (non AF-S model and that Nikon still produce as of 2009) is the two ring model. The one ring push pull model is also good quality lens (solidly built and produce great image quality) but autofocus is much slower. If budget is an issue, the older push pull model would still be a good choice too.
FYI: This lens will not autofocus with Nikon D40, D40x, D60 or D5000.
1. Great quality lens (very sharp pictures. 3 of the glasses made/coated with ED technology)
2. Very fast (fixed f/2.8 throughout the zoom range)
3. Very reasonably priced (compared to 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR and 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S)
4. Built to last. Very solid
5. Great for sport, action, wedding and low-light photography
6. Uses standard 77mm lens filter
7. Bokeh is very nice at f/2.8
8. Autofocus much faster than the older 80-200mm f/2.8 model (the push pull version)
9. The price is very stable (I bought mine several years ago and I could still sell it at the same price today)
10. With non full frame Nikon DSLR, the focal length becomes 120-300mm equivalent (nice reach). you can get Nikon 80-400mm for more reach but that lens is not fixed f/2.8).
1. Heavy at 2 lbs 14 oz or 1.3kg. (Good arm exercise :), or using tripod or monopod would be nice)
2. Autofocus not as fast and silence as the AF-S model (70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S and 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S), but the autofocus limiter switch improves autofocus time
3. Tripod collar is too close to the zoom ring (you can remove or adjust the tripod collar though)
4. Thread for the filter can be better (it's made of plastic)
5. Lens hood is sold separately (highly recommended to reduce flare and internal reflection)
6. More expensive than Non-Nikon (sigma, tamron etc) brand alternative (some comparable price but they have faster and silence focus)
7. Lens could jump around a bit during autofocusing if you are not strong enough (due to the glass moving fast as the lens autofocus)
8. No Manual focus override mode on Autofocus mode
9. No Macro mode (can't be use for macro shot). closest focusing distance is quite far
10. No VR (Vibration Reduction), which will help a lot for this type of lens (heavy and telephoto)
In conculsion, if you are looking for a Nikon professional grade telephoto lens that is reasonably prices, you can't really beat this Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor lens. This lens is really good choice for sport, action, wedding, low-light, indoor photography.
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A true Nikon flagship lens in every way.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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Ok, so it's kind of big (how long is 200mm?) and heavy (it is NOT plastic): let me say that this lens was, and remains to this day a Nikon flagship product.
Features I particularly appreciate are as follows:
Aside from the ring you are turning, nothing moves except inside the barrel - this includes the filter ring (threads). Meaning that your polarizer stays set while zooming or focusing - this IS a big deal for regular polarizer users.
The focus ring does not rotate when auto-focus is in play.
Shooting "off-hand", I never seem to even be aware of the tripod foot (non-removable), even without rotating it "out of the way".
The foot works perfectly on both my tripods using an F4s camera with its battery housing that extends well below the elevation of the foot; however, a vertical extension between the foot and tripod base may be necessary for camera clearance with some tripods.
Auto-focus is more than fast enough for me - it isn't quite as fast as the latest 70-200 AF-s but the AF-s costs a bunch more.
Optical quality all around, in my opinion, is much more than close enough to the AF-s to not go for it.
When focusing up close, the focal length remains the same, unlike certain other lenses !!
The AF-s is a VR which I would like to have and it does go down to 70 rather than 80mm, but I never even considered forking over the extra money for the extra bottom end.
The 80-200 AF-d is less cumbersome to handle with its smaller diameter main barrel and it is significantly lighter as well.
The stuff I am not particularly crasy about is as follows:
Manual focus ring has a bit of hysteresis common to many AF lenses meaning you can, to be sure, get precise manual focus but it does feels slightly kludgy. Want smooth as silk MF? Buy one of the hi-performance AI-S manual focus lens (zoom or fixed). I really don't have any actual gripe about this matter but I should point it out.
The sliding AF/MF selector is very inconvenient when switching back and fourth but I suspect that it disengages the manual focus ring for AF - if this is so it would be the reason the ring doesn't rotate during AF action.
I really can't think of anything else except to say that I feel this lens to one of the best bargains in the Nikon catalog. It certainly has the performance.
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