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80-200 AF-D...smooth Bokeh and great IQ!!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Dave, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    So I received my 80-200 AF-D lens yesterday and had to go out and test it. Here are a couple of samples...I like the bokeh from this lens and it has great IQ. (this is the 2 ring version)



  2. A great lens, Dave, and those are very nice samples. But since you already have the 70-300VR and 180/2.8, I'm curious as to what you feel it adds to your kit.
  3. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Well, I like choices, and I see myself using the 80-200 whenever I want to make sure to get a great shot, or need low light and the versatility of zoom. The 180 will be used for when I want to go a little bit lighter and am just out for the fun of it. The 70-300 will probably mostly be used by my wife when I upgrade bodies and give the D50 to her as it is more her size. I may also sell the 70-300 if I find myself not using it that much...I just had the opportunity to trade some lenses I wasn't using for the 80-200 and the 180 f/2.8 so I figured why not!

    Your great shots make lusting for these 2 lenses easy Frank...and I know you have both the 80-200 and the 180 as well. :biggrin:

    Thanks for looking in.
  4. Muonic


    Jun 14, 2006
    Yep, congrats on a great lens. I like mine so much, that I kept it, an sold my 70-200 f/2.8.
  5. Miguel


    May 12, 2006
    Norwalk, CT
    I have the 80-200 and love it too. I'm very happy with it.
  6. Me too!
  7. headgear


    Apr 6, 2007
    Thanks alot peet!! I was about to pull the trigger on a 70-300VR until I saw your photos. Now am really confused!! I don't think I can get by with both the 80-200 and 70-300VR so I better make a choice soon. I really like the shallow DOF of the 80-200 but the size and VR of the 70-300 are appealing.
  8. That first shot is nutty! I don't think the duck's mamma would like it. Cannot make out the rest of her kid's body.
    That's a shot from one photographer to another. That lens has a great reputation. Enjoy!
  9. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Yeah, I didn't even know that the shot was going to turn out like that until I got it onto the computer and looked at it. Then I liked the way it looked as it was more artistic and really showed off the shallow DOF of the lens.

    Thanks for looking.
  10. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    Don't be fooled so quickly...the 70-300 VR may be a bit lighter...but it's not that much smaller than the 80-200. Actually it is just as long (or longer with the hood on) than the 80-200 when you have it set to 300mm. Here are some pictures of the lenses side by side (as well as the 180 f/2.8) with the hoods on. You can see the 70-300 VR is just as long as the 80-200 when zoomed to 300mm.

    And here's one with the 70-300 at 70mm.
  11. I had heard the 80-200 AFD bokeh was harsh. That has not been my experience with the lens so far.
  12. 80-200 hs beter boke then 180 according to my tests and to what I seen all around.
  13. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    the whole "bokeh" thing is pretty subjective...sometimes i really like what some would consider harsh:eek: 
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