Dawg, why not look for an 80-200D ED f/2.8 (AF-S or not). One of the best sellers :!:PhotoDawg said:I am trying to find a good mid ranged lens no bigger than 200mm f/2.8
http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_zoom_03.html#AF80-200f2.8EDEvaluation By Bjørn Rørslett who said:Nikon have redesigned the popular 80-200 ED several times, both externally and internally with its optical formula. The first versions lacked a tripod collar, a feature that was added to the later models, and was a one-touch design. The current model is the nicest of them all having a two-ring design, but the tripod collar is a bit too small to support the lens when it is mounted on an F5. All models achieve very good or excellent image quality, share some vignetting and corner light fall-off at large apertures, and exhibit some pincushion distortion at the long end of the zooming range. At f/5.6-f/8 you are assured of getting excellent imagery.
I wouldn't say that... but heck who am IPhotoDawg said:There is a significant price difference (50%) between the AFS and Non-AFS.
The reason for that is they AF-S version isn't in production anymore. It was replaced by the 70-200VR. There aren'tPhotoDawg said:I am a dunce when it comes to the different types of lenses out there. Thanks for the link. That is very helpful.
There is a significant price difference (50%) between the AFS and Non-AFS.