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

25 October 2007
Robert Olech

3. Build quality

The Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 makes a great first impression. It is solid and large with a large front lens, a comfortable and slightly rough textured but nevertheless pleasant body, two comfortable rings – one for manual focusing and the other for focal length change. They both work with great precision, as should be the case when working with this class of equipment. As an additional accessory we receive a tripod mount, which would satisfy even the most demanding customer. The whole impression doesn’t change after a few intensive testing and photographic sessions. It is worth adding that the 80-200 mm model is a really big and heavy instrument. It cannot be mistaken for an imitation because a really good optical lens of such parameters could not possibly be smaller or lighter. We have to admit that it fits in the hand much better, and the work with the lens is much more comfortable when we add a very solid body, such as, for instance, the D200 class. A smaller and lighter model, like the D50, could cause some problems due to the disproportion of the size and weight. When used manually for a long time it could cause some pain or even hand cramping. But as this is merely a matter of individual preference, rather than a technical assessment, it is not worth commenting on this matter further.

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


The inner build is as good as the outside. The construction is made of 16 elements set up in 11 groups. We must add that Nikon decided to use three low dispersion ED glass lenses. They are meant to counteract transverse and longitudinal chromatic aberration as well as spherical aberration. There is also a 9-blade diaphragm as well as the non-rotating 77 mm filter thread

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