New lenses - Any personal experience with these?

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    rub TPF Noob!

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    I have the oportunity to purchase 3 new-to-me lenses. They are all in excellent condition, and in the range of 6 months - 2 years old. I have been researching them online, and have found some great reviews (with most of them being very positive) but I would love to hear if anyone hear has used them and that their feeling are.

    1) Nikkor 85mm f1.8
    2) Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8
    3) Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8

    Also, can anyone recommend a used price for these lenses? I am checking ebay etc, but wondering if anyone has experience with buying used, and what they may go for.

    Thanks so much.

    Kristal
     
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    I've used the 85 f/1.8, own the 80-200 AF-D, and used to own the 35-70 f/2.8.

    They're all rediculously sharp and amazing lenses, the 85 is really small, the 35-70 is awkward because of the push pull and on a DX camera, the focal length isn't the greatest (that's why I got rid of it), and the 80-200 is better on FX then the 70-200VR.
     
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    All great lenses!

    However, the 35-70mm f2.8 nikkor is famous for often becoming hazed up in the internal elements. Make sure you're getting a good copy.

    Used prices for these lenses in "like new" condition would be roughly:

    Nikkor 85mm f1.8 = $300
    Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 = $270
    Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 = $500-600

    You might be able to find them cheaper, but that's about what they go for.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like I will be picking up the 85 & 80-200 on Friday!
     
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    Well, the prices are a bit more than I want. The 35-70 is $350, and the 80-200 is $900. I am on a relatively tight budget right now. I only have about $2750 to work with, and I also have a website to get up and running, and I would like a Sigma 10-20, and some lighting....

    Any reccomendations on what to buy first? What to purchase after Christmas? What to not bother with at all?

    80-200 - $900
    35-70 - $350
    10-20 - $650
    Website - $700
    Photocart- $300
    2 sb600's - $500
    Spyder3 Pro - $100
    Light Kit - $300 (umbrellas, stands etc etc)
     
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