I'm interested in buying a second lens to go with my Nikon 65 with a 28-80 D lens. I'm looking for the lightest weight possible; small size counts and price is a factor. I know the 80-200 D lens weighs about 11 oz. and that would be great. But am I giving up much by not going to the 80-300 G lens? I tried the 80-300 ED lens and it was very large and quite heavy. (I'm not sure of the exact weight.) The 80-300 ED costs a fortune here in Canada.
Using the 70-300 I was not easily able to see much difference between a 200 setting and a 300 setting, but that's likely my inexperience.
I'd appreciate thoughts on this. I know the 80-200 D is discontinued but some stores are still advertising them.
#1. "RE: 80-200 vs 80-300" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberMon 15-Oct-01 10:20 PM
70-300ED? and 70-300G? The 80-200 f2.8 is large, heavy and expensive. I have the 80-200 f4.5/5.6. It's OK, if you find one used cheap. Otherwise, pass it over. I also have the 75-240 f/4.5/5.6---I think they are phasing it out, too. It is a VERY good lens. It is about an inch longer than the 80-200 f4.5/5.6, and just weighs about an ounce more. It also takes 52mm filters. If you can't find one, the 70-300G ought to be just fine. I don't know the size/weight, though. It will probably be quite sharp out to 200mm, then get softer the rest of the way. That's par for the course. It uses 62mm filters.
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#3. "RE: 80-200 vs 80-300" | In response to Reply # 2jjb_13 Basic MemberSun 28-Oct-01 12:55 PM
Another thought on the subject:
Don't overlook the older 70-210 F4.0 AF Nikkor (the one with the constant aperture). Made briefly in 1986-87 it has the same optical formula as the well thought of 80-200 F4.0 AIS MF lens. It is very sharp, well made, carries F4.0 throughout it's range, and can often be had quite reasonably on the used market. It will NOT AF as fast as the newer lenses however.
#4. "RE: 80-200 vs 80-300" | In response to Reply # 3jrp Charter MemberSun 28-Oct-01 01:18 PM
The 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED weights 18.2 oz.
The 70-300mm f/4-5.6G weights 16.5 oz.
The 80-200mm f/2.8D ED weights 49.5 oz.
My 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S weights 51.1 oz.
The G lens was designed specifically for the N65 and is relatively inexpensive, it sells for USD110 (imported), USD130 (USA) at B&H.
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