Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S D ED

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The fifth version of Nikon's 80-200 f/2.8 tele zoom offers excellent image quality at f/2.8 and improves further up to its sweet spot around f/5.6-f/8. At f/11, diffraction make things go downhill again. No less than 5 ED elements in the optical design ensures excellent contrast and colour saturation. CA is virtually non-existent at all apertures. Some vignetting, in particular at the wide end, at wide apertures, but this goes away around f/5.6. This lens is somewhat sensitive to flare and ghosting, so use of the lens hood is recommended at all times. Distortions are generally well controlled, but there is mild barrel distortions at the wide end transforming into mild pincushion distortion at the tele end.

At more than 1.5 kg, this lens is not something to bring on a casual outing. Mechanically, it gives a solid feel with two exceptions: The plastic mount of the bayonet lens hood is very easy to break. Mine broke almost immediately and I now use gaffa-tape to make it stay put. The removable tripod collar is also on the flimsy side for such a heavy lens. I usually stiffen it with a cork to dampen vibrations when shooting on a tripod.

The ring-type focus motor is silent and accurate. The lens has internal focusing. This design requires the focus motor to move less glass, and makes this a very good lens for sports shooters and others requiring fast and responsive auto-focus. There are 4 buttons for locking auto-focus around the front of the lens. They are useful for re-composition after focusing, in particular if you just use a single, central AF-sensor.

Can use Nikon teleconverters TC-14E II, TC-17E II and TC-20E III.

Rating: Ed: 83, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/2.8 to f/22.
Optical zoom: 2.5x.
Close focus distance (CFD): 1500 cm / 49.21 ft (from sensor plane).
Focus: AF (built-in, ring-type).
Groups/elements: 14/18.
Filter diameter: 77 mm.
L x D, W: 187 x 88 mm, 1550 g.
Production: 1999-2004, replaced by: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR-II ED-IF.

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Established: 1917
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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