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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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  • Superb 2.5x telephoto zoom for sports, portraits, and nature photography
  • Fast and constant f2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range
  • ED glass elements for high-resolution and high-contrast image even at maximum aperture
  • Rotating zoom ring for precise zoom operation
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
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Compatible Mountings Nikon F (FX) Niko (DX), Nikon (FX) Nikon F (FX) Nikon F
Dimensions 3.43 inches x 7.36 inches x 3.43 inches 3.43 inches x 8.23 inches x 3.43 inches 3.39 inches x 7.76 inches x 3.39 inches 3.54 inches x 7.64 inches x 3.54 inches
Item Weight 2.87 pounds 3.4 pounds 3.2 pounds 2.93 pounds
Lens Zoom lens zoom Zoom lens Zoom lens
Maximum Aperture 2.8 2.8 f 2.8 2.8
Max Focal Length 200 mm 200 mm 200 mm 200 mm
Min Aperture 22 22 22 32
Min Focal Length 80 mm 200 mm 70 mm 70 mm
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80-200mm D-Series Zoom lens for Nikon cameras

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Lens-making is an art--Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world's finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the "glass" that makes the world's greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 80-200mm f2.8D ED AF is a superb 2.5x telephoto zoom for sports, portraits, and nature photography. With a fast and constant f2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range, ED glass elements provide high-resolution and high-contrast image even at maximum aperture. The rotating zoom ring provides precise zoom operation.

ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses
Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics--specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens' refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor's ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon's preeminence in lens innovation and performance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon's multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100 and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.

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Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, flexible lens pouch CL-43A.


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Product Dimensions 7.4 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00005LEOH
Item model number 1986
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4.5 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #259 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By Donna Kasowitz on November 14, 2007
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This lens is THE lens to own if you want to shoot indoor sports. The newspaper I work for has me out on a lot of volleyball, hockey and basketball beats, and this lens does not come off my camera. I have taken this lens out to soccer games and baseball games but use it mainly as back up. If you want to shoot these sports you'll want something up in the 300-400 range. Soccer especially.

The 2.8 aperture is a must for these low (and orange/brown) light situations. I was using a 200mm f4 but fell just short of being able to freeze the action perfectly without any blur. The little bit of extra light makes a world of difference.

I shoot with a D80 and find that I can keep my ISO down around 400 and be very comfortable with the results. In my situation (newsprint) I could go as high as 800 and be alright with it, but the glass in this lens lets me keep it low.

If you are in the fence, pick this lens up. For under 1000 bucks you can't beat it. It's ultra wide, and doesn't lose any sharpness at 2.8.

The only situation where you should not buy this lens is if you own a D40 or D40x. These bodies will not support the AF function of this lens, and seeing as how this is a great medium tele sports lens, not having AF would make this lens a bust.

They make a version with a built in motor that will communicate the D40 and D40x but it'll cost you close to 800 more.

As a side note this lens is heavy (as are most 2.8 tele lenses) There is a lot of big glass in this lens and after an hour or so of shooting hand held you will really want a mono pod. This lens has a great tripod shoe, so don't be afraid to throw it up on mono and go to town, your arms will appreciate the help

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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.

If you are wondering whether you should get a fast lens or a lens with VR (Vibration Reduction), here's my take: In overall, VR does help a lot (as it will reduce camera shake) and will produce better/sharper picture than equivalent lens without VR (especially if the object is static).
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It's hard to call this lens inexpensive, unless you compare it to Nikon's 70-200mm AF-S VR2.

If you are in the market for a pro telephoto lens, your basic choices are the Nikon 70-200 at over twice the price, or this lens. You can also look at 3rd party offerings by Sigma and Tamron, which are in the ballpark of this lens.

When deciding on this lens, the two lenses I could afford were this one and the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. The Nikon did cost about 25% more, but recently Sigma jacked up the price of their lens - presumably because of popularity, they could do so. Now, there is only about a 15% difference in the cost of the two lenses. The Sigma lens I was considering was the less expensive - the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II (non Vibration Reduction version), which was in the same ballpark of price as the Nikon.

So I chose the Nikon over the Sigma for the reasons I state below. But I have to say that you could not probably go wrong with either lens, as both of them are pro caliber.

First, this lens is AF, not AF-S, which means if you have a D40, D3100, or D5100, you won't be able to auto-focus it.

This is Nikon's current production version of this lens, and is superior I think to the older versions (with the possible exception of the short-lived AF-S version). It is still made by Nikon, probably because of the high cost of their flagship 70-200. The lens is an older design, so it doesn't have VR (Vibration Reduction) or AF-S (in-lens motor).

Consequently the focusing system is slower, but I believe it has been unfairly criticized as so. Perhaps it's closes competitor is Sigma's 70-200 f2.8, which has an internal lens focus motor, so it will work with the less expensive Nikon cameras, while this one will not.
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