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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;Compatible Format(s): FX,DX,FX in DX Crop Mode,35mm Film
- Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.43 x 7.36 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.3 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||2.87 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.50 m|
|Material Type||metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||80 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||30.1 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||3.87 pounds|
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80-200mm D-Series Zoom lens for Nikon cameras
From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
What's in the Box:
Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, flexible lens pouch CL-43A.
Top customer reviews
The Nikon is a welcome add to my working D800 FX kit, which is mostly primes: 20mm F2.8 AF; 24mm F1.4; 50mm f1.8; 135mm f2.0 DC; and the underrated Tamron 180mm f3.5 Macro. This pro zoom will take the spot (size and weight, that is) formerly occupied by the pro 24-70mm f2.8 Midrange zoom which, because of my primes, I found I did not use on the job as often.
I have posted pictures (ML1 to ML6) to indicate a few of the benefits I appreciate the most from this lens.
So let me just answer the 5 questions I had before I bought the lens:
1. Is it too heavy, clunky, or unwieldy? No. It is purpose-built, worry-free strong, and the mass gives stability to handheld shots. It's big yes, but so is DeMarcos Ware, and he gets around! It is easy to hold, and handles very well, perfectly matching the heft of the D800. (Get a good comfortable strap-sling!) I thought the perma-tripod mount would be an issue. It's not, just rotate it out of the way for handheld, or even hold it with a flat plate installed for quick off-and-on tripod use as needed. The zoom ring is perfect, the manual focus is precise. I am used to the M-A ring shared by the 135mm F2.0 from the same era. I find when I need Manual focus it is not because I want to override Auto, it's because I need it in a dedicated mode (like rack focusing for video). Plus there's always Live View focus from the camera, so I'm fine with the ring.
2. Is AF Fast enough? It isn't silent, or lightning quick like AF-S, but judging from the puppy pics I posted, the lens follows and catches the action and is very fast. Set your camera up to prioritize focus vs shutter release, and in 3D mode w/ D800, it can follow well. Be mindful that the torque from the lens racking all the way in will be felt when it locks on. It's plenty fast for my needs. Hunting is minimal, low light performance is very good w D800.
3. Does it need VR? I haven't felt the lack of it, actually. Images are sharp. Pans and handheld shots are sharp even in low light and slower shutter. I have two DX Tele's with VR - granted, not built to the same standard, but let's concede that because you aren't waiting for VR to set itself, this one is often faster and more precise.
4. Is it sharp enough for the D800? Yes. I am using it routinely on the job, for product, event, and portrait work, day and night. There is plenty of quality glass for the D800 to utilize its capabilities. The range is versatile, I have included a few pics at 100mm +/- and out to 200, and either way the F2.8 delivers sharp images and defines the subject, and renders the rest in a very pleasing soft fade. Bokeh at night with lights in the background is extremely sweet - creamy, rounded and luminous. I also found the close-range to present very usable images for detailed product and for lifestyle events... no focus breathing issues.
5. Is it a value? I can't comment on a quality comparison vs the newer bigger 70-200mm VRII which at $2400 is nearly 3x the price I paid ($899) for a refurbed edition of this 80-200mm through Amazon. I am not averse to paying for quality -- I own and use the great 24mm F1.4 all the time. But that's the key, at that investment, you better have a real need full time! That said, I feel no need to trade-up on this lens, and would rather invest the difference in something else to broaden capabilities, like a Tilt-Shift which would be helpful on the job. This lens should retain at least $600-750+ of its value should it come to that. Does not come with a lens hood. It needs one, mainly because you may like this lens so much you will take it everywhere.
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.
Other criticism has been that many of today's cameras that have focus motors do not have focus motors strong enough to rapidly focus this lens, especially the advanced amateur cameras such as the D90, D7000, etc.
Nikon has made several versions of this lens over the years. The earlier lenses, known as "push-pull", zoomed by pulling the lens out, or pushing it in. Those lenses were known to have notoriously slow auto focusing, and perhaps much of the criticism of this lenses focusing speed may be due to those models.
In later years, Nikon changed from a push-pull model to a rotating ring to change the zoom. These are known as "two ring" models. Nikon also improved the focus speed of these lenses. The current offering from Nikon - and the one I have - is the two-ring model.
Before I purchased this lens, I reviewed several YouTube videos that performed "focus tests" on several different models of the Nikon 80-200 f2.8 as well as the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. The focus test consisted of leaving the lens cap on, then depressing the shutter release 1/2 way, which forces the lens to cycle the focus range, from stop-to-stop.
I also tried this on my lens as soon as UPS dropped it off. I am using a Nikon D90, and using a stopwatch, I tested the lens focus speed, and since I don't have any of the other lenses, I timed the several YouTube videos showing different lens/camera combinations. Here are the results:
1. My D90 with the Nikon 80-200 lens: 1.1 seconds.
2. YouTube D90 with Nikon 80-200 (two ring zoom): 1.0~1.1 seconds.
3. YouTube D90 with old Nikon 80-200 (push pull zoom): 1.6 seconds.
4. YouTube D300 with old Nikon 80-200 (push pull zoom): 3.4 seconds.
5. YouTube D90 with current model Sigma 70-200: 1.4 seconds.
And for comparison...
YouTube (unknown camera) with Nikon 70-200 VR1: 0.6 seconds.
The results were enough to convince me that there is not a focus speed problem, especially compared with the Sigma 70-200 (even though the Sigma lens has it's own focus motor).
Another surprise is that while different cameras focused the same lens at different speeds, the D90 was actually faster than the more expensive D300. However, I'll caveat that in test 3, I could not absolutely verify that the lens was truly a push-pull model. The focus speed does suggest it might be the later two-ring model.
And just for comparison sake, I also looked at the more expensive AF-S Nikon VR1 (which is not the current model). I could not find a test on YouTube for the VR2, but I would expect it to be as fast as the VR1 or faster.
While the Nikon 80-200 is slower than the newest Nikon models, that is to be expected. And my choice was between the Nikon 80-200 vs. the Sigma 70-200, and for those two lenses, the Nikon certainly holds it's own.
I also believe Nikon's optics to be better than the Sigma's, along with brand recognition and resale. Since the current model has been in production for 13 years, considering a used lens could be any one of those year models. And the resale for these lenses in excellent condition averaged about 75% of a new one, I'd say the lens holds it's resale very well.
In contrast, the Sigma lost value more rapidly, and while I did not find a lot of used ones, the resale was already about 60%-70% of a new one. Not a big difference between the two brands, but considering the Sigma version is a lot newer, it's resale value may not likely hold up as well as it ages. Resale value in itself is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of the lens, and probably has as much to do with brand recognition.
One thing that kept nagging at me is that I intend this to be the final purchase for this type of lens. Many of the folks that used the Sigma have made the comment that the lens gets you started in the pro area, and when you go to resell it, you will get your money out of the lens when it is time to upgrade.
I suppose the same could be said for the Nikon, but I don't plan on having to upgrade in the future, as at this point, as an amateur photographer, while VR and AF-S are nice, it's not in the budget to pay double the price for a lens with those features.
One other pesky issue I found with used Nikons is that the Manual/Auto switch tends to break. A lot of older lenses had this problem. It is plastic for some reason, and seems to be a weak point. Whether or not this holds true for current production I'll have to wait to find out, but the lens does have a 5 year warranty.
The Sigma lens is known as a Macro lens, with a minimum-focus distance of 3.3ft, and a weight of 48.3 oz. and a length 7.25" and a dia of 3.3" dia.
In comparison, I was surprised that the Nikon also has a Macro function, but it must be put into manual focus mode to do so (which is not untypical of a Macro lens). For the Nikon, the normal minimum-focus distance is 5.9ft, with a Macro distance of 4.9ft. The weight of the Nikon is 45.8 oz, and a length 7.3" and a dia of 3.4" dia.
Neither of the lenses has a large advantage over the other in this regard.
So it all comes down to use. The Nikon lens is known be very sharp, and to have creamy-smooth bokeh, and it surely lived up to those superlatives in my initial use. I am very pleased with this purchase. In contrast, the Sigma has been well reported to be a bit soft at the longer focal lengths. But like anyone else, this is scuttlebutt, and how much it has to do with the truth I cannot say as I don't have that lens.
Another issue with the D90 and the Nikon lens is that there is a known limitation that if the lens is used at the minimum 80mm, and used at the minimum 5.9ft focus distance, the camera may think the lens is in focus, when it is not (it's in the D90 manual). In those situations, you can always go into manual/macro mode to focus the lens.
However, I have not experienced the mis-focusing. Not to say it won't happen, but so far, I have not had the occasion to see it. At any rate, this is an event that is not likely to occur much, given my photo habits. I guess this is what makes this a great, but not perfect lens.
One thing I found, especially with shooting telephoto at f2.8, that you have to re-learn how to focus the camera, and quite possibly to manually select your focus point. If the lens is not focusing on your intended subject, at F2.8, you may very well get an out of focus photo. But this is characteristic with all of the lenses of this type.
In conclusion, when comparing the Sigma and Nikon lenses, if you have a D70 or better (camera body with internal focusing motor), you will love this lens. If you have an entry-level Nikon (D3100, D5100, etc), the Sigma is probably going to be your choice, unless you want to spend 4 times as much for the Nikon 70-200 lens as your camera cost.
Besides, my son has a D3000, and he won't be able to borrow my lens.
Operates in manual and autofocus modes. Make sure you match this setting with your camera setting (A/M). This is not like the manual override newer nikon lenses.
The performance is really nice: quick auto focus and really sharp at all zoom settings.
I would buy this again for certain. It's 1/3 or less the price of the new model and optically performs as well as the new production version. Not as fast in autofocus as the newer versions.
Does not come with a tripod bracket or sleeve, although these are available for around $180 (new.)
Once again: it's heavy and will require some practice shooting hand-held. Use a tripod sleeve if you plan on using it with a tripod.