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

Last updated (26 April’12):
– Review by ShutterBug

The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor features 80-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 16 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 30 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 4.9ft.(1.5m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor lens weighs 45.9 oz. (1300g) and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 7.4 inches long.

Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

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

ShutterBug reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“at f/2.8 this zoom produces extremely high central sharpness and very high edge sharpness at all focal lengths. There is no color fringing visible under a 10x loupe. By f/4 the sharpness at the edges matches central sharpness and this continues to f/16.. Contrast is also very high, helping to increase the impression of sharpness. Linear distortion is virtually non-existent. Color rendition is neutral without any cast or flare and is extremely well controlled, even without the lens hood.”
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SLRGear reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“We were a little surprised to see the 80-200mm to be as soft as it was wide open at 200mm (a characteristic it shares with the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR optic), but at shorter focal lengths is quite sharp, and gets extremely sharp when you stop it down to f/4. Build quality and handling are excellent, making it easily worth it’s roughly $900 online price..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Bythom reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“The results are similar at all focal lengths, though better than you see here at 200mm: at f/2.8 there’s always a loss of contrast and slightly blurred results on a D3x at all focal lengths, but by f/5.6 the lens is perfectly sharp and full contrast.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Lenstip reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“We praised the Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 so we should certainly praise the Nikkor 80-200 mm, which, in our opinion, received somewhat better results. Its picture resolution is a bit better, especially at the edges of the frame; it corrects the coma much better and has smaller vignetting..”
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Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“I really like this lens, it outperforms the Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D in everything, except price maybe. Not much more to say about this lens, performance is outstanding. If you can get your hands on this lens for a fair price, it’s a winner. The AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 does not have any problems on the FX format, like the newer 70-200mm f/2.8 VR(mk1). Use the lens hood at all times as the lens is prone to flare.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Photozone reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“The resolution is on a very high level throughout the zoom range and neither distortions nor vignetting are big issues (on an APS-C DSLR). CAs can be visible at times but the problem isn’t overly pronounced.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“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.”
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User Opinions

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

Great lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I shoot all my weddings and portraits with this lens. no VR is a bummer but it is way cheaper than the 70-200. this lens is unbelievably sharp at about f/4, it stil blows me away. This lens and the D300 are awesome. focusing is a little slow due to no internal motor but its ok because it is soo much cheaper than the 70-200. “ – by Austin Bennecker

Best value Nikon professional telephoto lens. Great for sport, action, wedding, and low-light photography | Rating: ★★★★★
“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).” – by Sidarta Tanu

Beg, Borrow or Steal but have this lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got this lens more than a month back and got good opportunities to use it. I first used this in a b’day party in low light condition and what amazing performance i got. The results were stunning. I shot photos with other lenses also ( 35-70 mm/2.8 and 50 mm 1.8) but the photos which i got out of this was far superior from both of them. Mind it i rate 50 mm 1.8 d as one of the best lenses ever made for the value it brings at its cost.” – by R. singh

Awesome lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have to agree that this lens is heavy but after shooting a basketball game I don’t go running back to my car for a monopod. I don’t have a big problem with the lens’s weight. In reality it weighs almost as much as my D3.” – by Mark Schindel

Worth the wait, and worth the price | Rating: ★★★★★
“The image quality is great. No aberrations, no visible distortion, even at the extreme zoom settings. Reflection control is wonderful. So far I haven’t seen a single flare in my photos. DOF is top notch…. you have NOT seen DOF control unless you’ve tried the 80-200.” – by A. Mendez

Is there a better lens for the price? | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a great lens, bokah is nice, fairly compact, great color, quick focusing, it is a bit heavy after a while but not close to the weight of the 80-200 VR’s. I am really happy with this…” – by Mark C.

Review from an Amateur | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I am happy with this lens and I have started loving it. IMO it is sufficient to feed my amateurish photographic needs. If I go pro someday then definitely I will need an upgrade. BTW,I bought a cheapo Quantaray 2x teleconverter for it, and it works fine with it. I was astonished to see AF works great, which I was not expecting…” – by Asad Joheb

I have feelings for this lens, is that wrong? | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I was really nervous for my first shot since I’ve seen a few posts about “soft” focus on some rogue lenses out there. Mine was crisp and sharp and beautiful. Yes beautiful. I have since shot graduation, families, fashion, babies and bikinis with this lens and each time I view the RAW files at 100% in post I’m so satisfied with the sharpness and pleasing quality this lens sees with..” – by Just Some Dude

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Features & Specifications

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

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.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, flexible lens pouch CL-43A.

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