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Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED

25 October 2007
Robert Olech

11. Summary

Pros:

  • perfect picture quality in the center of the frame
  • very good picture quality at the edges of the frame from the 80 mm to 135 mm focal length range
  • small chromatic aberration
  • perfectly controlled coma
  • almost completely absent distortion
  • small vignetting
  • great performance against bright light
  • very good quality and sturdiness of build
  • fast, quiet and efficient autofocus
  • lots of standard accessories (tripod collar, lens hood, solid carrying case)
Cons:
  • slightly less sharp at maximum aperture
  • visible astigmatism
We praised the Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 so we should certainly praise the Nikkor 80-200 mm, which, in our opinion, received somewhat better results. Its picture resolution is a bit better, especially at the edges of the frame; it corrects the coma much better and has smaller vignetting. The Sigma is, however, better at astigmatism correction, has a longer guarantee period and, of course, a lower price.

I think that the choice is pretty hard. Those, who hate compromises, will buy the Nikkor. For those who count every penny, the Sigma will be a better investment. Both lenses have great and similar capabilities, so either choice will be accurate and customer satisfaction in both cases is definitely guaranteed.

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Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 80 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/160 sec, ISO 640
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 125 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 80 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/320 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.7 MB
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Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 200 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/640 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 120 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 sec, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 80 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/40 sec, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB




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