Nikon 80-200mm Review

Nikon 80-200mm Review

“One of Nikon’s Best Zoom Lenses Optimized for Both Film and Digital SLR Cameras”

nikon nikkor 80-200

Historically Nikon has been a leader in designing high quality zoom lenses for its 35mm SLR cameras, of which this 80mm-200mm f2.8 ED AF Zoom Nikkor is a shining example. It is extremely sharp and contrasty, even wide open, judging from pictures I’ve seen taken with this lens. Unfortunately it is extremely heavy, and should be used only when the lens is supported by a monopod – or better yet – tripod, which can be attached to it via its tripod mount collar. Much to my surprise, it has two focusing rings – instead of one – which set independently the focal length the photographer is interested in in the range from 80mm to 200mm (So you can’t take any fascinating “zoom” photographs by pushing the zoom focusing ring back and forth along the length of the lens barrel, which was a fine feature of the classic 80-200mm f4.5 and 80-200mm f4 Zoom Nikkor lenses.) and the focusing distance between the photographer and the subject being photographed. Nikon’s new Super Integrated Coating is designed to minimize flare for users of Nikon’s digital SLRs, ensuring optimally high contrast and resolution for these camera’s digital imaging sensors. Photographers who take a lot of hand-holdable action photography may regret the absence of an image stablizing feature in this lens, but others may find its excellent optical quality of more importance than an image stabilizer in deciding whether or not to acquire it.

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Nikon 80-200mm Review by John Kwok (New York, NY USA)
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