Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 130.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 112.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 92.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 135.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 100.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 165.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 165.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/5000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 112.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 112.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 155.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/500s

Verdict

The Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED delivers very good to excellent resolution in the image center. The borders and corners perform on a slightly lower level, but still show good to very good sharpness.

Except for the wide end, distortion is well under control. Vignetting is slightly pronounced wide open, but no issue stopped down. CAs and bokeh fringing are moderate. The lens shows very smooth bokeh.

Once targeted at professional users, the build quality is of course excellent. Even though it's a first generation AF-S lens, the sonic wave driven autofocus works very fast and silent.

The only real drawback of the lens is its very weak tripod collar. However, 3rd party alternatives are available and highly recommended to anyone who considers to use the lens on a tripod or monopod.

Even though the lens is long out of production, it's still a very attractive option for anyone who wants a quality f/2.8 tele zoom and does not need optical stabilization.

Optical Quality (Technical):    
Mechanical Quality:(Lens)
(Tripod Collar)
Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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