i am so confused: everyone has a different opinion about which version is the mechanically &/or optically superior. there are so many alphabet soup designations after each one & then there's the collar & non-collar. i have the non-collar AF ED D (non-AF-S & non-IF). i just talked to bryan at RRS (clarifying product info). he said get rid of that one & trade it for the one that came out in october, 1996. his reason: mine would bugger up lens mount on f100 if i understood him correctly. he also said that mechanically & optically the october, 1996 version was better. & i just ordered a used kirk tripod mount for it. some pros on their web pages ( i searched thru the links on this site) said other versions were better. also, will B&H understand what i'm ordering? the reason i'm asking is that their ads describe tripod version as "new" which to me mean more recent than 1996. also, moose peterson doesn't mention any whose introductory date is october, 1996 just a 1992. i know i told him mine was the f2.8. please help. judy, from still rain-drenched northwest
Judy, I get confused on the versions of this lens too. And I have two of them! They are fabulous lenses. I have the 1 ring, push/pull, no tripod mount version and the two-ring, tripod mount version also. There is no difference in the quality, and I believe the glass inside the lens. Just exterior differences. The new AFS version is different inside, with two additional elements (5 ED, vs 3 Ed elements on the earlier models) -
You have a great lens and would be upgrading for the tripod mount only.
From the Sonoran desert... (I could use some of your rain!) Brian
Per Nikon there were optical revisions made to all variations of this lens every time it was revised. However, from talking with people who own different variations of the lenses; other than the AF-S version, it was hard to notice the optical differences between them. As for the lens you have messing up a mount on the F100, I would contact Nikon and ask their techs if this is a noted problem. Doug
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thanks, fellas. i got the impression that he was rather opinionated, but i trust you guys. in the end of course, it is all my decision but it surely helps to some input along the way. i am this close (-) to ordering brand new nikon F100,& accompanying gear. it's just like a birthday party where you get everything you want. i'll call nikon & ask about mount problem (?) & inform you of their reply. thanks, again. judy from the clearing up northwest.
i talked to paul @ nikon technical & he said that damage to f100 mount wasn't a problem he was aware of. maybe bryan at RRS changes his lenses a lot. i know that at least for now, i will be using 80-200mm f2.8 as it is my only lens . but, not for long ! also, if you use tripod collar & remove lens from body after use, there should be no problems. anyway, whatever version, it seems to me to be a sharp, versatile & reasonably priced lens.judy, from sunny northwest (i sent rain to sonorran desert)
Judy, don't worry. All 80-200/2.8 AF versions are super-sharp. The first complaint on the version you have is its lack of tripod collar considering its heavy weight. There have been isolated reports of this lens ripping out the lens mounts on N90's. That's probably where Bryan from RRS gets his opinion from, i.e. he probably equates the sturdiness of the lens mounts of the F100's with older N90's since they're both one level below the F-single-digit pro bodies. There is nothing to substantiate this though.
The weird thing is the much lighter Nikkor 75-300/4.5-5.6 AF lens which came out almost at the same time in the late 80's had a built-in tripod collar. Go figure!
If you're handholding most of the time, a tripod collar would be a nuisance anyway. The second complaint these days is the old-fashioned push-pull zoom mechanism. Not too big a deal, in my opinion. So enjoy your lens. It'll provide you with images just as excellent as the newer 80-200/2.8's.
You will be hard-pressed to tell which version is the sharpest. The biggest advantage in the 2-touch tripod-collared version is that it autofocuses the fastest of all the non-afs versions and it also has the useful tripod collar.