advice for good 200 mm nikon

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  1. elrafo

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    hi there,


    I went to kenya and did quite good pictures with an old 70-200 serie E nikon. My only concern was not to have the autofocus...
    Is there an affordable good zoom Nikon with Af, not like the very expensive 70-200 VR apo (2000 USD) I don't need a 2.8 constant, a 4 is enought!

    thanks for your advice!

    Raph.
     
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    Moving away from Nikkor. The new Sigma 70-200 2.8 has been getting really good reviews.
     
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    Purely as an aside, while the two lenses are in the exact same range - razor sharp across the board - the optics behind the 70-200 were radically changed from the 80-200 series. It was more than just adding VR. They're still both stunning lenses and I think the 80-200 is exactly what you need.

    If you don't need a tripod collar, you can get some great deals on the older push/pull version.
     
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    But do note that the 80-200 f2.8 is a big, long, heavy lens. It is a pain to carry around. Optically it is about as good as zooms get but be prepared for a giant lens.
     
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    cool, and can you tell me the diffence between the 2 versions of this lens? I heard there was an older 80-200...
     
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    The 80-200 has gone through a variety of phases. Pretty sure there was a pre-AI version, the AI-S (MF) version, the initial push-pull ("One-touch") AF without a tripod collar, and the current two-touch AF-D with a Tripod Collar. There was also, briefly, an 80-200 AF-S with different (many say superior) optics, but that was discontinued when the 70-200VR was introduced.
     
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    All good choices. This may fit the exact criteria better.

    Nikkor 70-210 f4.0 AF. Can be found in great shape used for $200.00 or less.

    IMHO it is 99% as sharp as my 80-200 f2.8 EDIF. And it probably weighs 50% as much. I've never seen it mentioned but it must have had at least 1 ED element.

    I love my 2.8 but wish I had kept the 4.0 as well for when weight or possible loss/damage to stuff was high.

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