I picked up an 80-200/2.8 D 2-touch from KEH recently.
Last night, I noticed it has some play in the very front section of the lens barrel (the part that has the filter thread, the focusing scale, and the 2-position focus limit switch). If I grab that section and gently twist, there is just a bit of movement of that whole front barrel section.
Sat 02-Feb-13 10:50 PM | edited Sat 02-Feb-13 10:51 PM by ZoneV
>By saying 2-touch, are you referring to the 2-ring model >lens? > >If so, mine has no play at all. Almost new lens.
Yes. And to clarify, I can't see anything moving since it's such a small amount of movement (probably half a mm or less) but I can feel the movement if I twist the front section back and forth. If I look really closely, I can kind of see a tiny bit of movement.
Sun 03-Feb-13 05:11 PM | edited Sun 03-Feb-13 05:13 PM by Bravozulu
KEH has an honest and professional reputation going back to the 1960's. They have ratings on items they sell, and would rank your lens lower if they detected the slop you see.
What was their rating on the lens? I worked for an airline, and so I've heard of vibrations loosening small screws on camera gear. Any repair station can do it. But does it impair the optical quality or handling of your lens? If not, forget it.
I hunted on eBay and Craigslist for 4 months before buying my 80-200 2-ring lens. I had heard of one recurring problem with the design. Specifically, that the plastic ring housing the A/M switch for focus mode is prone to breakage. And so I pounced on one for sale that was only a few months old. Virtually new.
Go to the website of Thom Hogan, and read his test of this lens. It is a real winner, and many folks choose it over the newer 70-200 f2.8 with VR. It is that good optically. Go to .... www.bythom.com... and click on the black tab reading "Nikon" near the top. Search around for his evaluation of the 80-200. You'll be impressed.