Nikon AF 80-200mm F/2.8D IF-ED Lens


Nikon AF 80-200mm F/2.8D IF-ED Lens
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Nikon AF 80-200mm F/2.8D IF-ED Lens
Manufacturer Nikon
Page By Michael Hoyt
Page Type Jun 6, 2007 / Jun 6, 2007
Object ID 3341
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Nikkor AF 80-200mm F/2.8D IF-ED Lens

Lens Highpoints

This fast 80-200mm lens, covering the classic zoom range, has been one of Nikon’s most popular lenses since its introduction.

3 ED glass elements for high resolution and high contrast even at maximum apertures

Maintains fast f/2.8 aperture throughout zoom range

Lens Construction: 16 elements in 11 groups (3 ED)

Picture Angle: 30 degrees 10 minutes-12 degrees 20 minutes (35mm format), 20 degrees-8 degrees (Nikon DX format)

Minimum Focus Distance: 6 ft.

Maximum Reproduction Ratio (Macro Setting): 1:7.1

Attachment/Filter Size: 77mm

Dimensions (diameter x length - in.): 3.4” x 7.4”

Weight: 45.9 ounces



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Michael Hoyt - Jun 6, 2007 1:30 pm - Voted 5/5

Great Lens
Granted, at just under 3 pounds, the AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D IF-ED is one heavy lens. Although I’ve done so (more than once) in the past, I’m no longer likely to carry it on long hiking/climbing trips. But, having said that, this is a great lens to use in low-light conditions and/or when you want extensive control over Depth-of-Field while shooting. This fast 80-200mm lens covering the classic zoom range has been one of Nikon’s most popular lenses since its introduction to the market.

Though Nikon didn’t include this feature on the first versions of this lens, it now incorporates a full rotating tripod collar. This allows for near-perfect balance of the camera-lens combination when mounted on a tripod, something which should always be done when using a lens of this bulk. The rotating collar also gives the option of quickly changing between horizontal and vertical formats while shooting, a feature I like and frequently use.

All in all, I feel this is a very good lens. It covers 70 percent (or so) of the focal lengths in which I shoot. The quality of the glass is excellent and gives me great results. It’s bit on the heavy side which keeps it out of my pack for long hikes/climbs, but it sees use during many short excursions.

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