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180mm F2.8 vs 80-200

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by ultimind, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. ultimind


    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I went out with my 180 F2.8 today, and kept finding myself wanting to back up a few feet to get a shot... Normally I would've taken my 70-210 out, but I wanted some F2.8 action today :biggrin:

    So I guess my question is this: What would I be losing by selling my 180 F2.8 and 70-210 and getting an 80-200 F2.8? I've had this debacle before, but that was over a year ago, and I didn't have a 180 F2.8 to compare to.

    I'm very happy with the focus speed, both on the 70-210 and 180 (on my D2H atleast... the 180 isn't as snappy on the D70) and I love both lenses wide open. Even though the 70-210 isn't very fast, especially at the long end, it's still quite sharp.

    Would I be disappointed with the IQ (wide open) at the long end of an 80-200? I know the focus on the 80-200 isn't the greatest, but on a D2H (or soon-to-come D300) is it going to be THAT terrible? I honestly don't care about size or weight. I enjoy the heavier lenses :smile:

    I'm sure some of you own both the 180 and 80-200, so I would love to hear some first-hand experiences (wide open).
  2. I love the IQ of my 80-200 AF-S. To me, the big difference is size. The 80-200 is big and heavy. It intimidates kids a times and is more-attention grabbing (something I don't always want in my shooting).
  3. ultimind


    May 13, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Gretchen - The AF-S version (and AF-D) are most likely out of my price range for now. I was thinking about the older push-pull version. It's almost 1/2 the weight and not quite as girthy.
  4. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    I owned the Nikkor 180 2.8 ED AIS and the AF 80-200 ED AF first vesion several years ago. Now I have the classic 80-200 2.8 ED AIS:biggrin:. All of the lenses are sharp wide open IMO but I would rate the Prime Nikkor 180 2.8 ED AIS as the shapest wise open with the least resistance to flare with my 80-200 ED AIS coming a very close second in the sharpness catagory. But to be truthfull when you nail the focus the old Nikkor zoom is very, very sharp and the older Nikkor 80-200 AF bringing up the rear repectfully. If you want the ultimate 80-200 2.8 get the classic AIS version. Try www.kevincameras.com. However, the lens is pricey, huge 86mm and heavy with the minimum focus being only 8 feet, with no af:tongue:.

  5. Ah, ok! :smile:

    One thing for me that has really come into play....I travel a bit, and the 80-200 (AF-S) is cumbersome to tote around. The 180 has is much more amenable to airline's ever-shrinking requirements for carry-on stuff.

    As to IQ, I feel they're similar, but then again, I'm not that into lens testing. It either works, or it doesn't. :wink:
  6. I love my push pull, but it is a heavy thing. IQ is EXCELLENT! I've talked to people who have owned both the 80-200 and 70-200 VR and some say the IQ is BETTER on the older 80-200's. If you don't need VR, then there's no question which one to get. The price difference is HUGE. If size/weight doesn't matter then go for it!
  7. If the focus speed on the 70-210 and 180 is not a concern than you would be more than happy with the 80-200 AF-D version. It is much smaller and lighter than the AF-S version.
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