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

(based on 392 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (313)
  • Strong construction (305)
  • Durable (261)
  • Consistent output (234)
  • Rugged (224)

Cons

  • Heavy (200)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Lens hood not included (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • No lens hood (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (273)
  • Low light (151)
  • Wildlife photos (148)
  • Weddings (127)
  • Landscape/scenery (117)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (110), Semi-pro photographer (92), Pro photographer (49), Semi-professional (35), Enthusiast (34)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (203), 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

Not so well kept secret :-)

By 3J

from Atlanta, GA

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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

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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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5.0

Great Piece of Glass

By 706Photo

from Pittsburgh, PA

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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

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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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      4.0

      Great glass but slow auto focus

      By ThruTheLens Photog

      from Raleigh, NC

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      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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      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

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      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

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      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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        4.0

        Good lens for the price

        By Al

        from Boca Raton, Fl.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        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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