I just came back from LA this weekend where I took some pictures at my friends wedding. I have concluded that I need some faster glass. I'm looking at a used af 80-200 2.8 d - the older "push pull" lens not the two ring affair. How is the optical quality on this lens? Any opinions, comments? Should I just save up and get a new two ring zoom or ...?
Thanks much in advance and Happy Shooting.
p.s. While down there I had to return "my" beloved 20 mm to its actual owner so I need to replace that lens, too.
Anthony, I have a suggestion that may serve your needs as well as save you some money. Looking through your user profile, you have zooms covering 28-300mm with slight over lap. Do you really need to spend almost one thousand dollars for a zoom lens that covers these same focal lengths as well as adding conciderable weight to you bag?
Another option, one used by many people, is to insert into your zoom ranges a couple of fast single focal length lenses. This will do two things... first you get the speed you need. second, it allows you options... some days it is fun just to go out with a couple of small prime lenses, thus lightening your load and making you work for the shot... possibly serving as an exercise to improve.
As for lenses, for the price of the 80-200, you gan get brand new a 35mm f2.0, a new 85mm f1.8 and a used 135mm f2.8. the combined total weight of all three lenses will be lighter than the zoom... not to mention that you can leave the ones home that you don't anticipate using, (options again). with the zoom, it is all or nothing. If you go used, there are shelves full of 105mm f2.5... tiny, light and sharper and faster than the zoom.
Again, this is just a suggestion, if you are locked into the zoom, then good luck in your search... but I believe anyone's zoom collection can be made more versital with the addition of a fast prime or two.
The older push-pull 80-200's are also excellent optical wise. The very first batches should have some problems I have heard, but I cannot confirm this. The only major nuissance with the old 80-200's is probably the zoom creep. The last series of the push-pull didn't have this problem anymore.
The AF is slower on the push pull compared to the one ring.
I use the one ring, but not the AFS. I really love it.
I just traded in my 80-200/2.8 push pull for the 2 ring version, but not the AFS. Pictures on both are GREAT, even with a good teleconverter!
I traded for both the tripod/monopod mount & faster focus. I also really like the feel of the 2 ring version. I always have a hand on top of the camera both pushing down (w monopod) & zooming. If you want to use the manual focus it works real well that way also.
I had bought my push/pull used for a reasonable price. Not a bad way to go at all at a good reputable camera shop. They gave me a real good price when I traded it in on the 2 ring version. Bought the push/pull when I was using a manual focus FE.
As much as I would like to buy the lens, I made the mistake of mentioning this to my wife. She wasn't having it. Nope. Not in the least. Something about our buying a house right now and needing to buy appliances and new furniture. (Like our old stuff isn't good enough but thats another forum.)
She was upset. I guess I should have just done it - that way she'd still be upset and I would have a lens (it worked with my sb-28). Oh well. I guess I won't be buying any new toys for a while.
Oh well, I can still dream, can't I.
Okay, she really wasn't that upset. She just didn't think that right now was the right time to buy a lens and I already "have so many." I didn't think I should push the issue.