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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Nikon F (FX, DX)

First year of production: 1988

Optical design: 16 elements in 11 groups (3 ED)

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Average price: $783

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
80mm - 200mmf/2.8f/2291.5771300/45,9187/7,4

Additional information:

The Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200 mm f/ 2.8 D ED  is a fast  zoom lens for Nikon FX and DX digital cameras and for 35 mm film cameras. It features a good price-quality relationship.

The lens is very popular with photographers and considered one of the best Nikon lineup lenses. The first two versions are on sale on the secondary market at a quite affordable price ($ 530-665).

On DX sensors the equivalent focal length is 120-300 mm.

There are several versions of the lens with the same optical scheme. They differ in a form factor and electronic equipment:

  1. The first original version -  the Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8s ED MK I (from1988 to 1992).
  2. The second version - the Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MKII (from1992 to 1996).
  3. The third version - the Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Dual Rings MK III (since 1996.).

The first two single-ring versions feature a push-pull design, i.e. you change a focal length by pushing or pulling a part of the lens, without rotating a ring.

The second version of the lens features a different electronic system, a capability of transmitting focusing and distance information to the camera, and 3D color Matrix Metering support. Besides, focusing has become appreciably faster. Sharpness at maximum aperture settings, especially at a focal length of 200 mm, also increased. The front element of the second version does not rotate on focusing, which enables the use of a polarizing and a gradient filter.

The third version is equipped with two rings. A focal length is changed in a usual way - by rotating the focus ring. As compared to the  previous versions, this lens features a tripod collar, increased focusing speed, and improved optical quality. After a certain pause, this lens has been produced up to now.

 

The AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED pros:

  • Very beautiful and flexible image with noble bokeh.
  • Very good sharpness and resolution, high contrast, and excellent color rendering.
  • The f/2.8 aperture is fully functional and enables shooting with a shallow depth of  field and in low-level-light conditions (the first version, however, is somewhat "soft")
  • Solid metal form factor.
  • Very good optical quality.  3 ED glass elements effectively minimize all major aberrations.
  • Negligible distortion and vignetting.
  • Well resistant to back and side light.
  • Fast and steady focusing ( it is fast  only on the Nikon D200  and major cameras or on cameras with a focus limiter).
  • Good ergonomics.
  • Compatibility with both AF and non-AF cameras.

The AF Nikkor 80-200 mm f/ 2.8 D EDcons:

  • Confirmed by the manufacturer, back focus at 200 mm when shooting from a minimum distance (~1.5 m). Back focus is manifest on digital cameras only.
  • The front lens rotates on focusing, which makes it difficult to use polarizing and gradient filters, and some other attachments (only for the first version).
  • Hood not included (HB-7 recommended).
  • Slow focusing on minor SLR cameras (D50, D70, D80, D90).
  • No tripod collar (the first two versions).
  • Considered rather heavy by some photographers.

 

The Nikon AF NIKKOR 80-200 mm f/ 2.8 D ED is a perfect choice as a lens for portrait photography, as well as for shooting distant subjects and wild life. It is also good for candid and wedding photography.


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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 17.11.2010



Photos taken with this lens Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200 mm f/ 2.8 D ED:


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Mechanical quality4.679
Optical quality4.889
Usability4.449
Pricing / Value4.689
Bokeh5.009
Overall lens rating
4.73

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