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D3 & 80-200af-s

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by carauction, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. I had posted a few weeks ago that Nikon had very kindly offered to replace my non-repairable 80-200AF-D, with a refurbished 70-200VR. I asked if they might have an 80-200AF-S instead...and voila:smile:

    I had an opportunity to try the lens a couple of weeks ago. Here are a couple of pics from this tank!

    C&C much appreciated,


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  2. lmatney


    Oct 25, 2007
    Goodyear, AZ
    It looks like the lens is working well Mike. I have the 80-200 SF-D also and it is probably my most used lens.
  3. Do you know what it is that they could not fix? parts not available?

    I say this because I am waiting to take delivery of an 80-200 f/2.8 AFS that I just purchased from a member here on the cafe. It is minty and has seen very low use so I don't expect to have any issues with the lens. I just can't afford the 70-200VR for the time being so I am hoping that I will not miss the VR. These pics by the way are rock solid!! Sharp, crisp and colors that pop. Congrats
  4. One more (pic) same lens & body

    C&C appreciated
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  5. Thanks Larry.
  6. Thanks EdRod.

    My 80-200AF-D would sometimes be sharp on the left side of the focus point, but soft on the right, esp. at 200mm.

    Nikon said that they replaced a lens element, but could not get the lens back to factory specs. I am certain that there is more to the story, but that was all I got straight.

  7. Hello Mike.

    Congrats, the 80-200 AF-S is in my opinion the best lens in this range. I used one for several years - and still regret that I sold it.

    IQ is remarkably better than the 70-200 VR, especially wide open. The AF-speed is among the fastest I ever experienced.

    Some vignetting occurs on both when using FX, the 80-200 and the 70-200, but not too bad, I think. But I'm still on DX, so this wasn't a problem for me (additionally, it's very easy to fix).

    Have fun, regards,

  8. so you choose the 80-200 over the 70-200 ?
    if so why ?
  9. Hi Randy

    I had the opportunity to use a 70-200 for a short time. There was something about the IQ color-wise, that made me wanting more. My first impressions say that I like the color that this 80-200 produces.

    Bokeh looks creamy. C/A seems very well controlled. Lens is sharp except maybe a bit soft at 2.8. I do notice vingnetting. The main thing for me is that it appears to be focusing on the money. I was ready to give up on achieving accurate focus on a tele- zoom, but this lens appears accurate with no need for any AF Fine Tune.

    Gonna give my Sigma 150 another whirl at the ponies soon. The Sigma is worthwhile comparing with.

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