comment of used 80-200 f2.8

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tchaap, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. tchaap macrumors member

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    This lens is for sale used on Craigslist Atlanta:

    Nikon 80-200 f2.8 D

    The owner is meeting me later today and will allow me to put it on my camera to shoot some photos. Any comments on this older lens. I beleive it is at least five years old. What about price?

    I'm looking to replace my slower 70-300 for sports photos.

    Thanks,
     
  2. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I have bought one from Craigslist. There are several versions: the oldest one (which I have bought) is the push-pull type which is generally the cheapest. The IQ is great, but the AF is not as fast as with newer versions of the lens. Then there are the AF-D version with rings that looks like this or the AF-S version with ultrasonic motor and thus the fastest AF.

    The price crucially depends on the version, I've paid $500 for mine, because it was virtually unused and came with its original case and UV filter. Keep in mind that you can get a new AF-D 80-200 for about $900.

    Even with the oldest version, the push-pull one, the IQ is breathtakingly great. The dof is so small that I've initially thought my lens has focussing issues, but it doesn't (you might have to switch to AF-C and not use AF-S). Oh, and all of them are quite heavy.

    If you want something lighter, you should also have a look at Tokina's 2.8/50-135 and Sigma's 2.8/50-150 zooms. They correspond to 70-200+ mm on film (because of the crop factor) and they weigh about half and tend to have faster AF (less glass = lighter = faster focussing action).
     
  3. tchaap thread starter macrumors member

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  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    You're welcome.
    In case it's not quite clear: I'm very pleased with the IQ, even though I have the oldest version. The built quality is great, it's a very enjoyable lens :)

    PS My friends have nicknamed it bazooka, hehe :D
     
  5. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    No, don't buy that. The pictures try to hide the fact that its the push-pull, but it is. That price is much too high, KEH sells the push-pull (the one you're buying) in excellent condition for $429.

    And no, its not 5 years old. The push pull AF-D was discontinued in 1997, 11 years ago.

    Its a nice lens, he's just asking way too much.
     
  6. tchaap thread starter macrumors member

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    Correct, push/pull. I just met him and looked at it. Shot some pictures with my body. I'll look at them tonight on my computer. Nice lens but heavy.

    Thanks for the price info. If I go for it I'll try to get it for a price around that $429 figure.
     
  7. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    The price is way too high. You can get a new 50-135 zoom from Tokina or a much better version of a used 80-200 Nikkor. The AF on the later models is much quicker.
     

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