Question on Nikon 80-200 2.8

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I am looking to get this lens at some point soon (hopefully)..... is there a quality difference in the final image from the older versions of this lens compared to the newest model:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80-200mm-history.htm

The newest model goes for about 1000 on keh (af-d with tripod mount)
the second newest model goes for about 750 (af-d no mount, pull zoom)
and the older version goes for about 500 (af pull zoom)

I really would prefer the af-d with tripod mount but might be out of my price range.
 
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There are many posts on this board regarding this lens, suffice it to say, all versions of this lens are sharp, which version you get of course depends entirely on you're preferences. I owned the older D version push pull and it was a wonderful lens, a wee bit slow on the focusing but tack sharp. The newer two ring versions will focus faster, the AF-S being the fastest and also the most expensive.
 
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I got the AF-D with tripod mount for Christmas last year, and as a judge friend of mine would say: "Let me indicate this" To me the IQ is all that and the focus speed is up there as well. Well worth the money. Good luck. You will be satisfied.
 
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I've used the 70-200 a lot and own a 80-200 (the OLD push pull version). I cannot tell a difference in the shots from each lens.

Except that my 80-200 doesn't vignette. JUST KIDDING. I haven't shot ff with it.

Buy the 80-200 and pocket the rest.
 
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I just got one of those.
Great lens.
See my thread here: https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=240184
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AF-D / 2 ring is a great lens.

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Looks great Jeff!

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AF-D / 2 ring is a great lens.

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I have Push pull "D" version. The early push pull non D was supposed to focus even slower. I had a twin ring a couple years ago, and it focused just a little faster than this one--not a big difference in my opinion. I got mine for $500 locally, I'm happy with it. I really want the new AFS VRII but after looking at the price...I'll wait until I really need it (perhaps if I am missing too many sports pictures or need to use a TC).

Pretty awesome at F2.8 from 80 to 150mm; 200mm needs F4.0 to make it really sing.

F4.0
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Tack sharp

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The 80-200mm f2.8 ED-IF D (two rings, tripod mount) is a superb lens. It is wickedly sharp and focuses fast with the right camera. My F-5 and D2x handle it like a 50mm.

I've seen it posted on different forums that it's soft @ 200mm, but I've never experienced it. Get yourself a good filter (L1BC) and you'll never regret buying this lens.

It is a well made, beefy lens that can be hand held with the proper technique. Strapping it onto your camera will give you that pride of ownership feeling that will inspire you. I know it does me.

Here's a shot taken with an F-5, Kodachrome 64 @ 200mm, wide open at f2.8. Low winter lighting, dark background and moving fast. The lens nailed it perfectly.
 
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I've used the 70-200 a lot and own a 80-200 (the OLD push pull version). I cannot tell a difference in the shots from each lens.

Except that my 80-200 doesn't vignette. JUST KIDDING. I haven't shot ff with it.

Buy the 80-200 and pocket the rest.
All 80-200's are FX lenses and will not vignette with a full frame body. heye were designed for 35 mm film, which is ever so slightly large than the FF FX digital! I have the AFS version--and no drop in the price for the 70-200 VR will make me give it up!!!!!!
 
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Just got mine a couple days ago (2-ringer). Very sweet lens - images have clarity that you just don't get with consumer grade lenses.

Anyone know the best way to use it for close-ups - does a PK-13 work?

Steve
 

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