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NikonAF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens
 
4.8

(based on 386 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (309)
  • Strong construction (299)
  • Durable (255)
  • Consistent output (231)
  • Rugged (219)

Cons

  • Heavy (196)
  • Slow focus (11)
  • Lens hood not included (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • No lens hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (270)
  • Low light (150)
  • Wildlife photos (144)
  • Weddings (124)
  • Landscape/scenery (114)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (108), Semi-pro photographer (91), Pro photographer (46), Semi-professional (35), Enthusiast (34)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (197), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Best Kept Secret in Photography.

Everyone who is at all serious about shooting needs to pick up a 70 (or 80 in this case) to 200 mm f2.8 sooner or later. For me, it was sooner. Typically,...Read complete review

Everyone who is at all serious about shooting needs to pick up a 70 (or 80 in this case) to 200 mm f2.8 sooner or later. For me, it was sooner. Typically, I like to shoot wide but I found myself (yet again) in need of something with reach to shoot my son's 5th grade basketball games. This lens blows me away.

Recently, I switched from Canon to Nikon (long story). When I was a Canon shooter, I had their venerable 70-200 f2.8 IS which was for all intents and purposes a very nice lens. However, it weighed a ton and cost two tons. I also thought I would like owning a "great white" but it became tiresome because it really stuck out like a very sore, very heavy, very expensive thumb when I was out in public. I shot basketball with that lens and it did a fine job. Of course the IS was useless for shooting fast action.

As basketball season approached this year, I started shopping. I knew I would need at LEAST 100 to 130mm based on previous experience and almost went with the 135mm f2 from Nikon, but I'm glad I didn't. The Nikkor 80-200 that I ended up going with is an absolute GEM! I don't care what anyone else says, and I don't care how many reviews you will ever read on this subject, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS LENS.

I think I have read every review ever written on this lens and I have to dispute some of the negatives I encountered. First of all, this lens is NOT all that heavy. I mean sure, it's a 200mm 2.8, it's going to weigh a certain amount...but people act like it is cripplingly heavy. Not so! It is smaller and lighter than my old Canon. I will say that it is dense...very dense. I feel like I could almost hammer nails with it. I hate to be so cliche as to repeat the worn out truism that it is "built like a tank", but if it fits it fits. I guess I could say it is built like an anvil, or a safe. Suffice it to say it is a solid, solid, solid piece of professional grade equipment. It is a joy to hold and a joy to BEhold. Another thing I think needs addressed is that this lens focuses VERY fast. I had heard what a dog it is because the new version is "so much faster". So mush faster? By milliseconds, maybe. Not that big a deal in real life, and if you think you can't shoot sports with this lens, you are sorely mistaken. The lens has been around for about 12 years and at one time THIS was Nikon's latest and greatest. What do you think everyone shot sports with in the late 90's?

Now for the important part. I paid less than half the price of Nikon's 70-200 VRII at B&H and received essentially the same lens. The optics are almost identical and I have shot the VRII many times. In fact, I looked at some of my VRII shots EXIF data and recreated the pictures so I could look at them side by side. I can't tell the difference. This lens produces images that are scalpel sharp with excellent color rendition. This lens is also built WAY better than the new version, with the added luxury of NOT having VR and Ultra Sonic motors that will undoubtedly go bad before you are ready to replace your lens.

Had I paid 2.2X for the VRII version over this lens, I would be having my head examined right now. This lens is everything a great pro lens should be with the exception of being ridiculously expensive. If for some unknown reason you have convinced yourself you can't live without VR, by all means, get the other one. OR, if what you really care about is the end result of your art, buy this lens and pocket enough to buy another one and some change.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good value for sports & low light

This heavy lens is a good value and much less expensive then other fast lenses, suitable for sports photography and indoor photography when a telephoto is needed. The f2.8 throughout the zoom range really...Read complete review

This heavy lens is a good value and much less expensive then other fast lenses, suitable for sports photography and indoor photography when a telephoto is needed. The f2.8 throughout the zoom range really allows the shutter speed to be much faster compared to a standard lens that shoots in the f5 range. This isn't a lens that you keep attached for everyday use - it's a specialty lens meant for specific purposes, like when you need to get action shots from far away. It's also good for outdoor portraits when shooting your subject from farther away as it creates a nice bokeh. I had trouble with the accuracy of its autofocus and found many shots turned out blurry - not sure if it's the lens or me - but either way you've got to be right on with a shallow depth of field. It's also quite heavy and hard to hand-hold after a while which may contribute to some image shake. Overall, a good value for sports photography and low light telephoto.

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5.0

I am very glad with this product

By Angel Jacinto

from Lima - Peru

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

I like take picture and with this it will be better.

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5.0

2nd one

By lippyjr

from Fairbanks, Alaska

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

This is my second 80-200 I wore out the old one, purchasing a new one was cheaper than repair.
I pondered the 70-200 2.8 vrII after renting one for a few days made up my mind real quick.
I work and live in Alaska most of my work is done in the cold the 70-200 didn't fend well in the extreme cold.
The 80-200 may be old school but why mess with perfection. If your looking for a light weight lens this isn't it.
Keep in mind you have to have knowledge in working with old school lens's to get this jewel to work to its potential, there is nothing automatic in this lens other than the focus.

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5.0

From an old Pro

By Duncan

from Kenya

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Just So Useful
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

Im a Pro photographer most of my life running around Africa.I have two Nikkor 80-2oomm lenses of differeing design.This lens in question has been around a long time..Thank you Nikon.They/we know a quality product when we see one.I NEVER leave home without ot.Whether its news,woildlife,or commercial advertising and fashion.This is the lens you need.It's tough,its compact,it fits in to your bag.And it does the job as good as any othere lens.. I know because I have those other lenses. It will last your lifetime if you look after it,it will look after you. Long may Nikon produce this lens.I've had two already.And I would never want to be without one. Believe I know athing or two!!

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5.0

Nice surprise

By Silver Spring Flo

from Colbert, GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

I am a semi professional photographer and 90% of my work comes from action, fast moving, constant motion of me and the subject matter many times. I bought this lens so that I might send my 70 x 200 to be looked at. I shoot out and bumps and dings are part of the action. This lens seems quite substantial and since I really shouldn't need the VR was a good compromise as a backup. I think we will get along just fine. I have to say when I read these reviews I shoot from equine events, dog trials, rodeo and to portraits and weddings. It is not the lens that performs poorly or well in my opinion in low light but the camera body. I choose the body I use based on what I am shooting. This lens should handle anything your camera body can handle. For me auto focus can rarely be fast enough for what I can afford. For that I am thankful for digital, editing software and the good sots I do get.

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5.0

MUY AMAZING!

By Case Face in the Place

from Portland, OR

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

I mount this lens on my Lumix GH3 via metabones speedbooster and it performs great. It produces very sharp images. Very fast and produces beautiful bokeh. It is a bit heavy so use with a tripod is recommended unless you are looking for a lens that gives you huge biceps and triceps. The weight is not much of an issue when the lens is in my bag though.

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5.0

Happy happy happy I bought this 80-200

By John

from Virginia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Utility

Cons

  • Automanual Focus Change
  • Auto Manual Focus Change
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

I use this lens for field and gymnasium sports with an FX format camera. 200mm is a little broad for deep football shots, but is just the right thing when the action closes in on the end zone.The sturdy feeling of this lens cannot be over emphasized. It feels great, works smooth and has suddenly become the lens that stays on my D610 while in the bag.That last point may be useful news to some because I do landscape/agriculture/industrial photography during my commutes to my "day job" so this lens' range and capability are proving to be just the right thing for sudden photographic finds along the roads. Of the several lenses in my collection this 80-200mm plus my manual focus 28mm are my two most useful lenses.If this thing holds up like I think it will, the resonable price paid is an utterly fantastic value.One interesting thing I noticed while processing raw images in DXO 9, is the distortion corrections DXO automatically applies for you. At some lens settings you don't see much correction, other times it is very pronounced. This shouldn't alarm anyone since a zoom lens is a compromise anyway. The point to take away is if distortions concern you, primes win the day, but the big boy software packages have you covered with this popular lens.It is a heavy lens so take that into consideration. I'm a big strong guy so the heft feels natural and helps stabilize things. The balance with my D610 is wonderful. If you are a small frame person I suggest taking the time to hold one before purchasing so you fully understand what a metal monster feels like. A monopod goes a long way to mitigating weight issues though.I use this to video my son's football games for the coaches. There is a convenient hill rise next to the 50 yard line where I setup the D610 and a tripod using this 80-200mm lens resulting in absolutely perfect coverage of the plays close to the 50 or near the end zones using the 80-200mm range. Wonderful. To be honest my old MiniDV Sony is a better choice for videography, but I like dumping the .MOV files straight from the SD card rather than importing through FireWire playback.Switching between auto and manual focus is clumsy. That's about the only real gripe I could come up with.Metal, good design, f/2.8, and 80-200mm with a price point much less than modern counterparts makes this a no brainer purchase for many. Get one while you can. This particular model can't last in Nikon's catalog forever.Long live the Primes, but if you are looking for your swiss army knife modest tele zoom lens, consider this lengendary Nikon wonder.

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5.0

extraordinary tele zoom.

By Horacio

from Buenos Aires Argentina

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

    Extraordinary telezoom in spite of its old design, with fast autofocus and great images. It has no VR but in modern DSRL with high iso performance it is a no problem. It is a serious option compared with the 70-200mm VR that is much more expensive.

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    5.0

    Tripod Collar

    By CatLady51

    from Lima, Peru

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

    This is a great lens, however, I wonder if it can take a tripod collar and where in the lens you can put it. A photo would help. Thanks!

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    • Yes

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    4.0

    Good lens for the price

    By Al

    from Boca Raton, Fl.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

      At 2.8 200mm the focus is soft but other than that it is a great lens for the price.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Pat

      from Huntingdon, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        Bought the lens to take photos of my daughters sporting events and senior photos. It is by far my favoite lens. I now am asked by other parents to take photos of their children because of games going in the night. I have read that the auto focus is lacking, I disagree. My eyes are not what they were and I can not manually focus, the auto focus worked great under the light at a high school boys soccer game (I must add that the lighting at our field has much to be desired). I have taken several hundred photos for several seniors here using this lens and all have turn out great. My only regreat is not buying this lens sooner!

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        5.0

        "I would buy this product again."

        By Montreal Canadians fan.

        from Montreal

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        I have owned this product for about two years.
        Most of my photos with this lens have been portrait and travel.
        I have not been disappointed either by image or build quality,and I do believe that the current crop of NIKON 70-200 lens have a long way to go to attain the quality this lens provides on a daily basis.
        To say this lens is professional quality in all respects is an understatement.
        My only two complaints is that the lens is really heavy and the collar cannot be removed. But, considering the overall quality of the lens in so many areas, these complaints are almost irrelevant.

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        5.0

        Worth Every Cent

        By Kiabad

        from Riveriside, CA

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        This was my first telephoto lens. After a ton of research before purchase, this lens was where all the signs pointed to. I love it, and it's already become a personal favorite. I highly recommend others to get this lens.

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        5.0

        LOVE my new lens

        By ClickItChick

        from Dickinson, ND

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        I'm an amateur photographer taking mostly pictures at rodeos. I bought this lens because it was recommended for use in sports photography and low light. I don't know enough about how my camera works (I have a Nikon D7000) to figure out how to use it in low light YET, but I have loved this lens so far! It's taking great pictures and so far I love it. I think I'll love it even better once I figure out how to use my camera settings to the fullest extent to use in low light situations.

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        5.0

        is the most excellent lens we have

        By De Pepe Studio

        from Calexico, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        use it for weddings
        It is the best purchase we have made
        the most incredible of this lens is the scope it has with great lighting

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        5.0

        Great lens

        By Bronze Snake

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        Economical

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        • No

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        5.0

        A Real Sleeper

        By P360

        from Chandler, AZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Sharp
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Photo Journalism
        • Portraits
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        I wanted a 70-200 f/2.8, but didn't want to pay with my kidneys. Then I found this. I read all the reviews and decided this was the one for me.
        And I have ZERO regrets. This really is a viable option for those wanting a 70-200 f/2.8 lens.
        SHARP wide open. At 200mm, it gets a bit soft, but if you stop down, it's again very sharp.
        AF hunts a bit, but it is accurate. It is, after all, a AF-D lens.
        Wonderful Nikon colors and contrast.
        Sure, it doesn't have a VR, but knowing that, if you use it accordingly, you're not going to miss it. For me, it was not a deal-breaker.
        Absolutely love the lens. Perfect for portraits and telephoto landscapes.
        Haven't had much chance to play with it yet, but I know it's a keeper.

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        4.0

        Better Graduation Pictures

        By Jimi

        from Cedar Grove, WV

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Zoom Range

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        I've been using the telephoto lens that came with my Nikon D50. (70 to 300 mm Zoom f4 - f5.6) Lots and lots of blurred pictures of my granddaughter's graduation. I'm hoping that this lens (80 to 200 mm Zoom f2.8 all the way through the zoom range) will improve my pictures. Just wish I still had the 70 to 300 mm range.

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        5.0

        Excellent quality

        By Vince

        from Harrisburg PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        I use this item for personal photography along with weddings. Its works great in both fields. Glad I made the purchase

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        3.0

        Good value for sports & low light

        By MattHask

        from Turlock, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        This heavy lens is a good value and much less expensive then other fast lenses, suitable for sports photography and indoor photography when a telephoto is needed. The f2.8 throughout the zoom range really allows the shutter speed to be much faster compared to a standard lens that shoots in the f5 range. This isn't a lens that you keep attached for everyday use - it's a specialty lens meant for specific purposes, like when you need to get action shots from far away. It's also good for outdoor portraits when shooting your subject from farther away as it creates a nice bokeh. I had trouble with the accuracy of its autofocus and found many shots turned out blurry - not sure if it's the lens or me - but either way you've got to be right on with a shallow depth of field. It's also quite heavy and hard to hand-hold after a while which may contribute to some image shake. Overall, a good value for sports photography and low light telephoto.

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        5.0

        Up to the task

        By TailSpins

        from Aurora, IL

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • High Quality Build
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • No lens hood

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens:

        After reading many reviews and doing some research I decided to give this lens a try. I shot a sporting event and the results were spectacular. I used a monopod and moved around frequently and didn't feel the weight was an issue. Build quality is excellent and it feels great in the hands. One of my best pruchases so far.

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