Help- Nikon Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8D ED AF Lens (with Tripod Collar)

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Pat, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Pat

    Pat Guest

    Hi Everybody,

    I have been learning SLR photography for last few years. So far I have
    been learning to us my primes 24 mm, 50 mm and low end zooms 24-120
    and 35-80 on my first SLR Nikon N60.

    The results I get with my primes are pretty good. Now, I am
    considering Nikon Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8D ED
    Autofocus Lens.

    I understand that this is a great lens but not sure about if it would
    be very diffucult to handle this lens for the day to day family /
    travel(vacation) photography especially since it weighs three pounds.

    There would be no problem using this lens while taking a trip with a
    photographer friend to shoot (e.g. nature photography) - but with
    family/kids, I am not sure if it would be really difficult to handle
    the lens.

    I would greatly appreciate your comments on the ease of handling this
    lens in day to day family / travel photography (e.g. family vacations,
    children graduation events, children games)

    Also, will I be able to use this lens on Nikon N60 or I would need a
    better body. Usually, I have seen people using a good Nikon body with
    this lens.

    Pat, Nov 24, 2003
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  2. Pat

    Matt Clara Guest

    I don't find it hard to handle, but then, for family snaps, I typically grab
    my 35-70 f2.8.
    Matt Clara, Nov 24, 2003
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  3. (Pat) wrote in message
    It's a bit of a shock to see the 24-120mm listed as low end, but okay.
    I purchased a Tokina 80-200 f/2.8 20 years ago or so, and used it until
    I switched to an AF Nikkor. I've never regretted having this class of
    lens in my arsenal, but I _have_ regretted having it on my shoulder more
    than a few times.

    First things first. That tripod mount is there for a reason. This
    is not a trivial lens to use hand-held. Macho boasts aside, this
    lens works best on a suitable tripod and is a good reason to buy a
    monopod as well. Emphasis on suitable, a full rig using this lens
    easily exceeds the weight rating of most consumer tripods.

    When it comes to vacations, I'll paraphrase my wife. "Packing light is
    something husbands do to ensure there's room for other stuff." If you
    vacations are driving vacations, and you have a minivan or SUV, you can
    probably find room for the lens. But if your plans include air travel
    or hiking, you'll find the 80-200 creates a logistical problem.

    Is it worth the hassle? That's a personal call. Suffice it to say
    that for a recent vacation to Ireland, I purchased a 70~300.

    Kid's sports outdoors are some of the best uses I've found for the 80-
    200. Indoors, it's fine for events when you have enough personal
    space to use it. In either case, it really helps to have someplace
    to stow your gear after you're done shooting. In summer, a hot car is
    decidedly sub-optimal.

    As a portrait lens, the 80-200 is very good optically. I dislike using
    for portraits for several reasons. It's slower to get into position for
    an impromptu shot. It can be intimidating to your subject, especially
    if that subject is a kid. I occasionally find myself bumping up against
    the minimum focus limit. Finally, special effects filters are a lot
    more expensive in 77mm size.
    The more expensive AF-S version won't autofocus on the N60. The less
    expensive AF-D version works fine, but I suspect you'll find the
    autofocus speed on the slow side. The N60 lacks depth of field preview,
    though -- and the ability to control DOF is one of the best reasons to
    buy this class of lens.
    Michael Benveniste, Nov 24, 2003
  4. Pat

    Dallas 1 Guest

    It's not practical for family snaps because it does weigh a bit, but on
    the other hand, you will find that it is one of Nikon's better lenses and
    your pictures will improve (provided you follow the right techniques with
    this lens).

    It will definitely work on your N60 but you may find that depending on the
    version you have, your autofocussing may not be that quick.

    I can tell you that the 2 ring version of this lens focusses as fast as
    Indiana Jones' whip cracks when used on an F5.

    Gads, don't remind me...I sold my F5 and 80-200mm to go digital with a
    Dallas 1, Nov 24, 2003
  5. Pat

    Roger Guest

    .... big snip ...

    Others have done a good job of describing the benefits and size of
    this lens. You also have comments about tripod use. I'd like to stress
    that if you use this lens with your N60 you do need to consider the
    version that works best with that camera. IMO it would be wise to
    consider the two-ring AFD version (with the better tripod mount). The
    N60 body isn't the most rugged and relying solely on the N60 body
    mount for tripod use (e.g. no lens tripod mount) might be too much to
    ask of the N60 lens mount. I don't think any but the latest "G"
    version of this lens have what many consider to be really adequate
    lens mounts. The "G" version, however, will not work with your camera,
    nor will the AFS version. So of the recent versions (listed
    chronologically below), the one w/ tripod mount indicated via <<<<
    might be the best choice for the N60.

    80-200 f2.8D AF
    80-200 f2.8D AF w/ tripod mount <<<<<
    80-200 f2.8D AF-S
    70-200 f2.8G AF-S

    Good shooting,
    Roger, Nov 24, 2003
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