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12/22/2016 09:01:35 AM · #1
Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus

I want to get into sports more and feel like I need a faster zoom. Is this worth it? Or is the lack of VR a deal breaker?

It's only $1200

Thoughts?
12/22/2016 09:24:17 AM · #2
That lens is considered by most Nikon junkies to be one of the finest lenses EVER.

It's supposed to be fast, crisp, and virtually indestructible.
12/22/2016 10:56:13 AM · #3
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12/22/2016 11:43:01 AM · #4
The lens is amazing. I have it but have the VR version.
12/22/2016 01:15:56 PM · #5
Much of the time in sports photography you're shooting with a panning camera anyway, so VR is perhaps less useful for that... Not my area of expertise, though. I do remember when I was shooting sidelines for the SD Chargers way back when we all used monopods, for what that's worth. But then again, there was no such thing as VR then either :-)
12/23/2016 05:35:31 AM · #6
Originally posted by tanguera:

The lens is amazing. I have it but have the VR version.


I didn't know there was a VR version. How does it compare to the first 70-200 VR?

I'm still deciding on my wedding/portrait lenses for next year. I've currently got the new 105mm 1.4 on hire which is an amzing lens but i'm thinking that when I come to buy, a 70-200 might be more versatile. Bear in mind this is on DX of course.
12/23/2016 08:27:09 AM · #7
The 80-200 and the 70-200VR are two entirely different lenses. The 70-200VR is Nikon's current style, development, & technology, whilst the 80-200 is one of those hit-it-out-of-the-park old standards that remains timeless and carries on the reputation of Nikkor lenses as the finest of the fine. The 80-200 has been in constant production since the mid-90s, and soldiers on as both an incredible strong, fast lens, and a Nikkor standard.

I'm lazy and I shoot mostly stuff where I use the other ends of a super-zoom, otherwise I'd have the 80-200 over the 70-200VR. The fact that it's half the money 'cause it's been in production for two decades doesn't hurt, either
12/23/2016 08:32:39 AM · #8
Thanks Jeb. That's very helpful. If I go this route then I quite fancy VR so would probably look at the first version of the 70-200 VR.
12/23/2016 11:17:41 AM · #9
Originally posted by rooum:

Originally posted by tanguera:

The lens is amazing. I have it but have the VR version.


I didn't know there was a VR version. How does it compare to the first 70-200 VR?

I'm still deciding on my wedding/portrait lenses for next year. I've currently got the new 105mm 1.4 on hire which is an amzing lens but i'm thinking that when I come to buy, a 70-200 might be more versatile. Bear in mind this is on DX of course.


Actually, Jeb is right. My lens doesn't have VR. It is a tank, and those extra 10 mm is the only downside because there's that gap in coverage. I've never had an issue with it. It's a phenomenal portrait lens. Incredibly fast. Haven't used it for sports, so I can't speak to that.
12/23/2016 04:14:12 PM · #10
I have the 80-200 too. It is super heavy and big but it's a stunning lens. Bokeh is creamy and images are sharp considering that we are talking of an "old" lens.
12/24/2016 12:24:27 PM · #11
I made the purchase!

Should be coming in just before the new year! :D
12/24/2016 02:42:57 PM · #12
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

I made the purchase!

Should be coming in just before the new year! :D


Mazel tov! Looking forward to seeing some work product :)
02/08/2017 02:07:59 AM · #13
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

I made the purchase!

Should be coming in just before the new year! :D

congrats! nice purchase!
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