Push/Pull lens for D800

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Is there an old (I don't think there is a new) lens that is a push/pull that would work well with the D800? If there is a new I would be delighted.
 

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For AF, look for the first and second versions of the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF. For MF, there's the 75-150mm f/3.5E.
 
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For a range other than telephoto, there is the push-pull 35-70 f/2.8D that is very sharp and a bargain at under $400 used of course.
 
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If you a looking for a good budget push-pull to try on your D800 take a look at the 70-210 f4-5.6 AF & AF-D. Good but very inexpensive lenses, the AF-D focuses faster, the non-D sells for less, optically they a pretty much the same.
 
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If you can find an old Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f/2.8-4, it's an amazing lens. I still use one for my Minolta film camera.
Be aware that there are at least five versions of the Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f/2.8-4, of which the first three versions are reputed to be excellent. The later versions are not so good -- I know this because I own the fourth version, which is currently serving as a photo-themed paperweight.

If you are willing to consider manual focus lenses, there are many Nikkor push-pull options available used, and they are very inexpensive compared to modern AF lenses. I own two: the 28-50 f/3.5 and the 50-135 f/3.5 that produce highly satisfying results (sharp as a tack, beautiful colour -- though more prone to flare than the pricey new Nano-coated models). On the D800/E, manual focus is greatly aided by a left- and a right-facing arrow on either side of the green dot that tell you which way to turn the focus ring until focus is achieved.
 
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I use my 35 70 with a D800. It is not the d version which I do not need as It is for landscapes when I can not change lenses. It has faults at 2.8 and a few at 4.

Zooms are not very good compared to primes unless you get into the 70 200, 80 200 tele zooms. Even the 24 70 is not so good specially at 24. I must quantify this by omitting the 14/24. generally they all have bad distortion at the wide end, are 2.8 at best and must be stopped down to work well.
 
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The older 35-70 f2.8D is an exc lens---have one on my D7100 right now---the older 70-210 f4-5.6D is the one to get---fast AF---good photos---both are push-pull---been using both for many many years and many cameras back to the film days...
 
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