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How slow is the AF on the 80-200 push-pull?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by DFP51, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. DFP51


    Oct 3, 2006
    Hello, I need a zoom for kids indoor volleyball and football. I understand that the AF on the 80-200 push pull is slower than on the two ring, but is it unusable for kids' sports? Looking at KEH, a push pull is about $350 less than a two ring, and I am not sure if the two ring is worth the difference. FYI I shoot with a D80.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. mematsu


    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
    Infinity to close focus is somewhat slow. I imagine if you kept it at the approx distance and tracked your subjects it would work just fine.

    Optically speaking, it was very good. Keh does grant a 14-day return. Not fast enough will be best judged by you.

    Personally, I would go the two ring route. Many posters here comment that the two ring focuses pretty quick.

    I just picked up a Sigma II and it's focus is very quick. Also, it looks like the Tamron is a very good choice.

    Good luck.
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  3. No complaints here with a D80 and 80-200 2.8 D Push Pull combo. As stated before, from minimum to maximum focus distance it's a bit pokey but for tracking subjects on the move, it works well. I generally use mine for swimming but this weekend was tracking some kids running around a park and had zero problems in AF-C mode.
  4. thebac


    Jul 23, 2007
    This topic comes up periodically, so a search might yield some further feedback.

    Anyway, my 2 cents: Very slow. For sports, I would definitely pick the two-ring over the push-pull. Alternatively, as John mentioned, the Sigma might be a good alternative. I'm not so sure the new Tamron focuses fast, though.

    I've used both lenses on a D70 and a D2h to compare, and the push-pull was much slower than the two-ring, it's no contest.

    For volleyball, given your proximity to the action, the push-pull is probably much too slow. Also, if volleyball will be your primary interest, you might be better off with a 50/1.4 or an 85/1.8. Indoors (especially in poorly lit HS gyms), f/2.8 really isn't that fast.

    For football, you might get away with a push-pull because you're fairly far from the field and the focusing distance is a) much closer to infinity and b) fairly constant.
  5. drschurch


    May 15, 2008
    Dandridge, Tn
    I use a push-pull for most of my day to day stuff, and find it fast enough if I set the focus limiter. I used it for a couple years as a white water photog and never had any problems with the focus speed. I will say that I have never tried a 2 ring version or any AF-S lens for that matter. Hope that helps.
  6. DFP51


    Oct 3, 2006
    Thanks guys. I have thought about using the 85 1.8 for volleyball. I am not impressed with the focus speed on the 85 (I have used it for gymnastics), but I doubt the girls will be moving all that fast, since they are in the 4th grade and just starting.

    I am really struggling with picking up a push pull 80-200 or the 70-300vr for junior high football (and baseball/softball in the summers) though.

    And Thebac, I am sure this topic has come up, I am just too much of a moron to construct a reasonable search.
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  7. thebac


    Jul 23, 2007
    True, the search engine here is kind of a pain.

    Anyway, if you don't like the focus speed of the 85/1.8, you probably won't like the focus speed of the push pull 80-200/2.8. Compared to the push pull, the 85/1.8 is lightning fast in my recollection.

    Of course, with fourth graders, you can probably get by with a slower-focusing lens.
  8. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    the push is SLOW but i don't use for inside sports on the d200...need faster glass for that...;-)
  9. KeithR


    Jun 21, 2008
    I have had the 80-200 AF-D(push-pull), the AF-S D(2 ring) and currently the 70-200 AF-S VR. Of all the push pull was the slowest as far as focusing. It is screw driven where as the AF-S versions has the focusing motor in the lens(the S is for "Silent Wave"). You will probably be ok with it, but don't ever touch an AF-S lens. If you do, you won't let go. 8^)
  10. Sharp but slow, save your pennies for an AF-D two ring at least.
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