Excerpt: This is my second 80-200 I wore out the old one, purchasing a new one was cheaper than repair. I pondered the 70-200 2.8 vrII after renting one for a few days made up my mind real quick. I work and live in Alaska most of my work is done in the cold the 70-200 didn't fend well in the extreme cold. The 80-200 may be old school but why mess with perfection. If your looking for a light weight lens this isn't it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Im a Pro photographer most of my life running around Africa.I have two Nikkor 80-2oomm lenses of differeing design.This lens in question has been around a long time..Thank you Nikon.They/we know a quality product when we see one.I NEVER leave home without ot.Whether its news,woildlife,or commercial advertising and fashion.This is the lens you need.It's tough,its compact,it fits in to your bag.And it does the job as good as any othere lens..
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Just So Useful, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I am a semi professional photographer and 90% of my work comes from action, fast moving, constant motion of me and the subject matter many times. I bought this lens so that I might send my 70 x 200 to be looked at. I shoot out and bumps and dings are part of the action. This lens seems quite substantial and since I really shouldn't need the VR was a good compromise as a backup. I think we will get along just fine.
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I bought this lens to replace the original version (Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8 - "Push-Pull & Twist"). The previous lens was my workhorse lens for "people" photography and I wore it out from so much use. Now that I have a Nikon D810, this new lens has resumed the role for candid shots at parties, weddings and other events. In the field, it performs every bit as well as the old one, with some real improvements. The internal focus and zoom improves the handling.
Excerpt: I mount this lens on my Lumix GH3 via metabones speedbooster and it performs great. It produces very sharp images. Very fast and produces beautiful bokeh. It is a bit heavy so use with a tripod is recommended unless you are looking for a lens that gives you huge biceps and triceps. The weight is not much of an issue when the lens is in my bag though.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens for field and gymnasium sports with an FX format camera. 200mm is a little broad for deep football shots, but is just the right thing when the action closes in on the end zone.The sturdy feeling of this lens cannot be over emphasized. It feels great, works smooth and has suddenly become the lens that stays on my D610 while in the bag.That last point may be useful news to some because I do landscape/agriculture/industrial photography during my commutes to...
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction, Utility
Cons: Automanual Focus Change, Auto Manual Focus Change, Heavy
Excerpt: Extraordinary telezoom in spite of its old design, with fast autofocus and great images. It has no VR but in modern DSRL with high iso performance it is a no problem. It is a serious option compared with the 70-200mm VR that is much more expensive.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction