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Best Cheap Lens - 200mm f/4 AIS

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Mr. Graceful, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. I paid about $100 for mine at KEH. It's a bit beat up, but all the blemishes are cosmetic and in the paint of the barrel only; the glass is clean. I don't shoot telephoto often, but when I do, I find myself reaching for this instead of the 70-300 VR because of it's compact size.

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    D700, 1/160 @ f/4, ISO 3200

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    D700, 1/500 @ f/8, ISO 200​
  2. Those are real nice shots, even at a $500, but that is a great deal you got for $100.
  3. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    wow that looks great! I almost pulled the trigger on one of those from KEH just a few days ago, but bought an 80-200 f/4 AIS instead which I think is only a little bigger. Hopefully this zoom will look about as nice as your photos. :smile:
  4. Masa


    Feb 27, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    I bought mine for $60. A nice lens. The 80-200 F4 AIS is much much bigger than 200 F4.
  5. MMPG1


    May 10, 2009
    Hi Rich,
    very nice colors and contrast in your pictures. This lens seems to shine on a D700 :smile:.
  6. Ronald M

    Ronald M

    Nov 10, 2008
    80/200 4.0 is way bigger, maybe 75%. A 200 4.0 is maybe 6" long and takes 52mm. But the zoom is still a nice lens.
  7. intruder61


    Dec 16, 2008
    beautiful pics. this is a great lens.
    but then i paid $51AU...$45US:smile:
  8. The second photo is unreal! A keeper indeed.
  9. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    There is something about the Nikon FX sensor that really makes the Nikkor AIS come alive. Not bad for a $100. lens. Great shots.
  10. Juliflex


    Jan 27, 2008
    Puerto Rico
    nice pics! ive been eying the ones on keh for a while but your pics just sealed the deal!
  11. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    Very nice, Rich. You've got a little gem there.
  12. Max Power

    Max Power

    Jan 11, 2009
    St Paul, MN
    That lens is a miracle worker. It makes that subway look clean.
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