Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Product Description:
Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.
AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 80-200mm f2.8D ED AF is a superb 2.5x telephoto zoom for sports, portraits, and nature photography. With a fast and constant f2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range, ED glass elements provide high-resolution and high-contrast image even at maximum aperture. The rotating zoom ring provides precise zoom operation.
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Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras – Review:
THE BEST LENSE I OWN MAY BE THE BEST LENSE YOU EVER BUY!
After years of complaining that my Nikon D-300 didn’t allow me to take decent pictures at my children’s school events (orchestra, sports, awards, etc), My spouse suggested I just go buy the lense I need and stop complaining. I asked a professional photographer friend what she would recommend. She owns this lense. “They won’t be kids forever” was the phrase that got me over the hurdle of the price tag. I had always stopped short of hitting the BUY button when I saw the number of digits in the price.
The lense was delivered in amazing time and I was thrilled that the delivery person didn’t do the usual toss to the front step. A signature was required so he had to hand deliver it to me. In this case, that was a feature. (This was not an Amazon purchase.)
I let the camera warm to room temperature before I started testing it – an old habit from consumer electronics. I took a picture of each family member and noticed the pitctures really were bright. The speed of the lense really is obvious. And, of course, I had to be 8-10 feet away to not be taking pictures of a person’s cornea. After just a couple of shots, I had to put the camera down and leave the rom to do something. When I returned, my spouse had taken two pictures of the children. They were sitting in the dark, on the floor, watching television. But the pictures were nicely framed, perfect color and only one shot had a tinge of flash showing on a small section of the fabric chair they were leaning on. This is the built-in flash of the D-300, mind you. I actually walked over to see where they were sitting, confirmed the lighting was the same (darkness) and just marvelled at the shot. What a lense.
Now, it took me quite a long time to decide to move to this price range of lens, but I read more than 100 owner reviews and I agree with that concensus: it’s heavy, it’s big and it takes amazing photographs. I love it.