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

(based on 402 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (317)
  • Strong construction (310)
  • Durable (265)
  • Consistent output (239)
  • Rugged (229)

Cons

  • Heavy (203)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Lens hood not included (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • No lens hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (277)
  • Low light (155)
  • Wildlife photos (152)
  • Weddings (130)
  • Landscape/scenery (120)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (114), Semi-pro photographer (94), Pro photographer (49), Semi-professional (35), Enthusiast (34)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (209), 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

What a fantastic lens!

By Rich

from Louisville, KY

Verified Buyer

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

Very sharp lens, even wide open, fast autofocus, built like a tank, fast shipping from B&H and a great price.

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5.0

built like a tank

By Artichoke

from Houston, Texas

Verified Reviewer

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

bought mine used & got a bargain > 10 years ago
if you don't need VR & mind its considerable heft, this lens is hard to beat
excellent optics & quick AF when used properly
I took a head on hit from a linebacker in a football game, drawing blood from both of us & breaking its shade, but it still works like a charm
definitely one of my last lenses to go come the zombie apocalypse.

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1.0

soft focus at 200 mm

By Bob Buds

from Arlington, Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

This is somewhat of a classic lense that Nikon started making all the way back in 1988. The lense is very sharp at 80mm, 105 and 135mm. At 200 mm and close range (7-8 feet) it is soft. I tested two of these lenses and both showed the same characteristics. If you shoot the lense at 200 mm and the subject is 30 feet away to infility it is sharp. Shooting at 200mm close range portraits yields a soft image.
Also in auto focus mode the Nikon Fine Tune autofocus custom settings don't work. I assume this is because it was originally designed for film (film has a bit more tollerance when it comes to focusing) and it is not designed to work with a new digital D-800 E which is the cameara I currently I am using.
I ended up returning it and ordering a Nikon 70-200 VR II. This latter lense is sharp at all focal lenghths and works like a charm. Thank you B&H for allowing me an easy return!

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5.0

Excellent Zoom Option for a Leica M240

By CoastPhoto

from Newport, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I found this to be an excellent long lens zoom option for my Leica M240. Using this lens with Leica's focus peeking enables a sharp picture coupled with aperture control via manual mode on the lens. I use FotodioX Nikon F Pro Lens Adapter to attach the lens to the Leica body. It is a secure fit and well made. This combination with the light body of Leica makes hand holding exposures easy at the lower exposure levels. I am very satisfied.

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    5.0

    Awesome Lens

    By Jmb

    from Ohio

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

    The buying experience was great. The lens is exactly what I wanted. I knew the lens was a little heavy so I have already invested in a professional grade tripod which has improved the quality.

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    5.0

    Outstanding Lens

    By Tony

    from Russellville, AR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Low Light Performance
    • Rugged
    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    A great investment in professional glass that should last a lifetime. There is no better bargain in the Nikon lineup.

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    5.0

    Rock solid

    By Aussie David

    from Richmond VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

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

      Just used this lens for the first time yesterday photographing a tag football event in our neighborhood. I was stunned at how fast it is to focus and how accurately too. Quality of the images is simply amazing. The lens is heavy, but not overly so. Nicely balanced on a good size full frame DSLR. Build quality is exceptional - so much nicer than the plastic ones that are so prevalent these days. I can see myself getting many years of enjoyment and fabulous results from this lens.

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      4.0

      First Impression : A Change of Attitude

      By Jim

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • 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 received this lens two days back and being shooting with it. The one word to describe so far experience: Amazed with the fast and accurate focusing and a crisp clear photos.

      I bought this lens mainly for wild life photography but impress with its portrait capability as well.

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      5.0

      Excellent lens...

      By surfotter

      from Trinidad, California

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I needed a lens to fill in between my 24-70 and my 300mm. Most pros I know have the 80-200 f.2.8, or the newer 70-200 VR, and love the lens. I love it, too. It does need a lens hood, which I'll have to purchase, but other than that it functions flawlessly, and is much sharper at 200mm than my old 80-400. I bought this one factory-refurbished at Nikon, and it is immaculate -- and several hundred dollars cheaper than new.

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        5.0

        Sharp as a tack

        By Montreal Canadians fan

        from Montreal

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This lens is awesome for just about any job requiring a zoom telephoto. It can be used for travel, portraits, nature and of course, all types of sports or fast action.
        Bulit like Fort Knox, this lens can take anything you can throw at it; all with tack sharp results.
        All metal construction,yes heavier than the most recent Nikons of this type. Strong- tough- built to last. Professional results all the way.
        Great value for the money. Absolutely no issues with this lens. Ken Rockwell was absolutely correct on the abilities of this lens.
        Buy it while you can..

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        5.0

        Not so well kept secret :-)

        By 3J

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Awesome lens. Get great shots that are tack sharp. Use it consistently for animals including my dog, portraits and at weddings. Have not been the wedding photographer in one case the bride was happy that I was there with the lens and camera. They had hired her cousin .... you know the possibilities around that. Have used it a D90 and D7100. My sample is ahrt through the range from 80-200 mm and wide open at f/2.8. Love it.

        There is not much not to like about it except that the minimum focus distance is 15' and if you are close to that radius you may notice some minor and I mean minor softness.

        The pics I have added are not masterpieces by any stretch but do take a look at the sharpness. Both were taken at 200 mm and f/2.8 where the lens is supposed to be its weakest. Supposed is the operative word.

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        4.0

        total Quality

        By bokehNE1?

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Noisy focusing

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

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

        con-heavy
        pro-sturdy structure grade. Well built.
        Very nice bokeh.

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        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Piece of Glass

        By 706Photo

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

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

        I read a lot of reviews in my search for a high end zoom in this range. This lens meets all of my requirements and then some. I am using it mostly on my DX D7100. For me it is plenty fast and easy to use. I do not find the controls a bit uncomfortable to use. If I have any complaint it is a bit heavy but oh so durable. The internal focus has been spot on. The zoom is smooth and reliable. I think the tripod mount also works with precision. Most of the reviews are right on......for the price this lens is just outstanding.

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        5.0

        Great lens!!!!

        By bwbridger

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Live Concert
          • Night Photography
          • Video

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

          I've used this for live concert photography, and the results have been amazing. I love the set aperture and it does great on video as well!!! Can't wait to use it on future projects!! I don't see the weight as an issue as some have said. I use it with a D750. Couldn't be happier!

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          5.0

          SUPERB OF ANY KIND ON NIKON ZOOM LENSES !

          By EUGENE B.

          from COLUMBUS, OHIO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SAY BUT IT BLOW ME AWAY. ULTIMATE RAZOR SHARP. WORK ON AUTOFOCUS WHEN I WANT F/8.0 TO F/11 OR EVEN F/16. I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IT. I LOVE IT WITH MY NIKON D2X AND D2XS. NIKON ED-IF 70-200MMF/2.8G VR AFS II ARE SUPERB BUT TOO COSTLY.

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            (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great glass but slow auto focus

            By ThruTheLens Photog

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This lens is wonderful but.... Its responsiveness is on the extra slow side. I shoot some sporting events and it is NOT the goto for that type photography. It makes a PERFECT lens for most any other landscape or long range portrait work.

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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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            • No

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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