Nikkor 80-200 2.8 Color and Washout Problems

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  1. manaheim

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    I'm dorking around with this lens and getting kind of annoyed at it. It would appear that the pictures are some combination of low-contrast, washed out, dead colors, etc. It feels very much like the kind of thing that would be a "characteristic of the lens" but I find it VERY hard to believe on what is reported to be such high-quality optics, so I must be doing something wrong. Anyone have any experience with this lens that can share a few tips?
     
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    Any examples? Can you perhaps post the same shot (same settings) made with two different lenses?
     
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    Chris, pop up a couple of pics of the same object using different lenses that show this issue. Now, I do not own the 80-200, but it is remotely possible that though the 80-200 has optical prowess equal to the 70-200, it may not have the same colour/contrast rendition levels, and that this is what you are seeing.

    Also, if you are shooting RAW, this could be the entire reason behind it as well.
     
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    I don't have any handy... whoops. :) I have some examples at home I can post tonight. I'll make a point to get some comparison shots as well and put those up this weekend. Good suggestion.

    I am shooting RAW... but I shoot RAW with all my lenses... is there a difference in the 80-200 that I'm not thinking of?
     
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    Are we talking the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D or the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S?
    (Oh, you do know that between 1976 and today that there are *6* variants of the 80-200? :confused: )
     
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    ummm... hahah... wow.

    I *think* it's the D. I don't have it here (and it's not actually my lens, otherwise I could probably give you the serial number) :)
     
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    If it's an AF-S it will say so.

    I am puzzled by your problem as the optics of my 80-200 2.8 AF-D are awesome in all areas.

    I'm not doubting your problem, just mystified.

    As suggested I would take 2 photos at the same exposure of the same object under the same light back to back and post them.

    My gut is that you have something where the metering is being thrown off somewhere.

    Did you buy it used? Can you try it on a different body?

    The only issue I have ever had with mine is that the contacts need cleaner evr 4 or 5 switches on and off of a Nikon DSLR but never have had the issue with film.

    I'm not an electronics guru, but there does seem to be an issue where the contacts of a DSLR don't always play nice with this one lens. Not a big deal to me since I keep my stuff pretty spotless anyway, but it has puzzled me as to why being that I do keep the stuff so clean.

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    Excerpt of an article written by Thom Hogan:


    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Nikon has had at least six previous f/2.8 telephoto zooms in this range:[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]80-200mm f/2.8 ED. This manual focus lens was first introduced in 1978 at Photokina. The lens has a unique rotating tripod collar and was a two-ring design, but only a handful were produced.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]80-200mm f/2.8 ED. The most common of the manual focus versions uses a one-ring design and a full depth of field scale engraved on the barrel. The lens is distinguished by a huge 95mm front thread. Introduced in 1982, again, not a lot of these lenses were made.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED. The first of the autofocus versions appeared in 1987. Curiously, unlike most early AF conversions, Nikon appears to have made a few optical changes in this conversion, adding an element and making the front element the standard 77mm size used in most pro lenses.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF. The first D version appeared in 1992 and added no rotating front element.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF. A two-ring version of the classic design appeared next.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF. In 1999, Nikon added an AF-S version of the two-ring design, making a few other minor changes, as well.[/FONT]
     
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    It would appear that I have the AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Dual Rings MK III .
     
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    I've spent about 2 hours looking for anything that would hint or point to an issue even remotely associated with lower contrast or colour washout with this lens and I have found absolutely nothing.

    The only thing left for me to assume is that it is not a common or generic issue, but likely something associated with your particular copy of this lens... that is if there is something. I've not seen any shots with comparisons and in the end could be a simple case of over-expectations. Is that a possibility?
     
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    Try cleaning it. Gently of course.

    If it's been in a room with smokers or where meat has been cooked there might be a thin film on the element.
     

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