Part V Nikon's AF-S Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED Telephoto Zoom lens
Year introduced: 12.12.1998 (Black Version); Silvery Gray Version was introduced in 04.12, 1999; Year discontinued: 2003
Like the 1996's predecessor, this remarkable, revised version of the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED also had its official debut during Photokina carnival back in 1998. Where the last few years approaching the millennium year of 2000, we have witnessed series of innovative optical lens breed for a whole new generation of AF Nikkor lenses being introduced to the community. Among the many incredible lens species such as high zoom ratio AF zoom, exciting new Micro-Nikkor zoom and super telephotos - all these development has began to instill confidence for Nikon photographers towards their system of choice. Along with this changes at the lens category, many people actually have forgotten the fact that Nikon already has a few top class autofocus SLR bodies such as the superb Nikon F5, Nikon F100, F80 in every price categories and overall, these well-spec formidable Nikon SLRs has served as the backbone for the entire AF-Nikkor lens group. It was also during this period that the development of digital SLR has gone through a rapid twisted and turn. The Nikon E3 Digital Still SLR camera which formed the last of the series and the joint-partnership with Fuji was ended in a dismal attempt where it gave rise to Nikon's own label, Nikon D-1 Digital Still SLR camera in 1999 later.
Notes from Darrin Harris: ".... I love this lens for portraits and action subjects - it is fast speed, has a beautiful dynamic range and produces beautiful depth of field. The 80-200 is a physically heavy and sizeable lens, so itís not an everyday, carry-around piece, but the images it produces are sensational and worth it every time I bring it out. This image is a portrait of Jon Bookout who is a Cirque Du Soile style performer in the show Le Reve showing in Las Vegas...".
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The 5th generation single-digit F professional SLR model, Nikon F5 was introduced a year earlier in 1997 than the AF-S Zoom Nikkor 80-200. The incredible professional class autofocus system camera has actually single-handedly reverted general perception that Canon autofocus technology was far superior than that of the Nikon. However, the apparent weakness of the superb Nikon F5 was actually more with lack of supporting optic in the corresponding AF Nikkor lens group rather than the camera by itself. Bad huh ? You'd better believe it. Imagine by 1993, other than an AF-I TC converter that specifically cater for the AF-I super-telephoto 300mm and 400mm lenses; Nikon still have not had a workable solution for an autofocus tele-extender for other AF Nikkor lenses. Further, even development for ultra-wideangle zoom was badly behind the Canon's EF lens group (The first of such lens type was the AF Zoom-Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D IF in 1993 - where Canon already offered their EF 20-35mm f/2.8L AFD way ahead back in 1987 and even the lens breed in FD Mount was already made available to Canon photographers all the way back in 1984 !).
So, it was like a process of re-awakening with Nikon F5 / F100 formed the basis as come back kid for Nikon. The AF-S AF Nikkor lenses, with a Silent Wave Motor incorporated inside which converts the pulses into rotational energy to drive the lens for focusing. The technology has enabled AF Nikkor lenses to perform high speed autofocusing that is extremely responsive and accurate.
Further, one of the technological highlight of most AF-S Nikkor lenses is, it has included with an innovative M/A control. The feature permits user switching quickly from automatic to manual focusing control and even allows manual fine focusing during autofocus without worrying it might damage the AF drive mechanism. A selective AF-S lenses also has focus lock or focus range limiter that help to improve autofocusing time during shootings. Naturally, the AF-S Nikkor lenses were only originally be found in some exclusive series of lenses during its early debut (it is more being spread to other lens type, which includes the mass market models). Most Nikkor lenses introduced after the Nikon F5 have enjoyed other benefit from Nikon research and development at other areas too. For an example, SIC (Nikon;s new and improved version of their lens coating process from evolved from previous NIC, IF (internal focusing) for a far more compact lens design; quicker AF drive internally, extensive use of their ED glass elements - Nikon developed optical glass that helps to minimize chromatic aberration that results in a far superior sharpness and colour correction esp. for lenses with a long focal length etc. All these rapid development in the lens and camera sections have help to catapult Nikon back in contention with other major labels because now Nikon SLRs have truly a wide and extensive lens selection to unleash full potential of the respective AF Nikon SLRs.
The AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED was a clear representation of how a modern AF Nikkor zoom lens will look like during this stage. Sticking onto a classic zoom range of 80-200mm and uses the previous version basic design with a dual rings control for independent zoom / manual focusing; Nikon has redesigned the AF-S 80-200 f/2.8 zoom lens that came with a renewed optical design in a rather massive 18 elements in 14 groups composition; this includes 5 x ED glass elements - it certainly means seriousness. Actually, this was also the first time that we witnessed Nikon changed the classic optical formula in the popular 80-200 f/2.8ED series zoom lens as all previous models were adopting the proven 16 elements in 11 group design. Further, Internal Focusing (IF) was also being used for the first time in a 80-200 f/2.8ED class. Lastly, to accommodate photographers who may be handling a 2-3 kg of camera/lens combination, the tripod collar has been retained and adds good maneuver from horizontal/vertical format shooting. When couples all these with an internal Silent Wave Motor and other gadgets - this seemingly has made the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED the best 80-200 ever from the perspective of technical specification. Along with this rather sizable zoom lens, Nikon has also introduced another AF-S Zoom Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED which serves to supplement photographers from a useful wideangle of 28mm all the way to 200mm telephoto range with a constant aperture of f/2.8. However, Nikon never actually replaced the non-Silent Wave Motor version and both lenses were being sold along with one another. A more hard to unexplained scenario is, when Nikon eventually introduced the current AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF in 2002/3, logically like a worthy replacement model for the AF-S 80-200 but when Nikon announced its termination due to arrival of the 70/200 f/2.8 VR, Nikon has retained the AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED where it has survived all the way until 2006. We can assume there is no necessity to duplicate a similar focal length with two AF-S zoom with almost replication zoom range, but as the 70-200 f/2.8 was essentially designed as a G-spec Nikkor Zoom lens (where aperture ring has been eliminated); in order to continue serving Nikon photographers who may need such feature for aperture control via the built-in ring, Nikon just has to retain a fast speed zoom in the AF Nikkor lens group to serve such demand. Further, the non-Silent Wave Powered 80-200 f/2.8D is generally cheaper than a comparing 70-200G. Thus, the decision looked more of a commercial decision rather than making you to relate the AF-S Zoom 80/200 has optical weakness on its own. Further, Nikon does has another budget zoom of AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5~5.6D and that makes a three tiers offering in the AF Nikkor lens group at this specific zoom range of 80-200mm.
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One may know most of modern Nikkor lenses comes with quite a looong name in their description. For those who may be new to all these terms; probably here I think we should decode some of the lens designations used in this AF-S 80/200D ED-IF. Firstly, "AF" simply refers to autofocus lens type, usually it comes with a provision for manual focusing; the "S" after the AF is referred to a new breed of autofocus Nikkor lenses which have embedded a Silent Wave Motor ("SWM") built into lens (which previously Nikon termed predecessor class for this lens type as AF-I). Anyway, both genetically offer the same functionality as an AF-D or AF-G lenses. The "D" here is referred as autofocus lenses that enables Distance Information during focusing. The D-type and G-type Nikkor relay subject to camera distance information to a compatible AF Nikon cameras bodies via an encoder in the lens. This enables certain Nikon camera's 3D matrix metering and 3D Multi-Sensor balanced fill flash to be fully utilized. Note: The "G" type lenses is typically without traditional aperture ring and the interface between camera/lens is entirely electronic.
The difference between these lenses is that AF-S / AF-I lenses contain a focusing motor built in to the lens (rather than using the auto focus motor built in to the camera body to drive for focusing). This enables faster autofocusing. In the case of the AF-S lenses, it operates in a more silent auto focusing than any of the previous Nikkor lenses conventional camera driven AF system. Originally, AF-S Nikkor lenses usually are deployed into super telephoto lenses such as the 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm, or zoom lenses with a fast maximum aperture such as the AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8. The early batch of AF-S Nikkor were found on 17-35mm and 28-70mm but it is extending its usage on many other new series of AF Nikkor lenses today after these early successful attempts.
The SWM technology used in Nikons AF-S lenses, work by convert traveling waves into rotational energy to focus the optics. The ultrasonic traveling waves move in a spiral pattern inside the lens barrel. The motor is positioned on top of the waves, and they drive it from below. In principle it is similar to surfing, the waves drive or push the surfer provided he's balanced atop them. This enables high speed auto focusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet. Each AF-S Nikkor lens' Silent Wave Motor interfaces directly with the lenses' focusing elements. Because there is no gear-train, there is none of the power loss or noise associated with conventional gear-type lens driving systems. The lens receives the power for it's internal focusing motor and the focusing instructions from the camera body and therefore can only be used with suitable cameras. This partly explained why the AF-S series is only being recommended to be used with a selective of older Nikon SLR camera models.
Note: There is no power consumption during manual focusing.
The "ED" in its lens specification is referred to the special glass developed by Nikon which has a specific optical property that corrects chromatic aberrations Lenses with ED incorporated in their optical structure usually has a distinctive characteristic when dealing with some colors spectrum. It helps to deliver sharper images with very neutral color rendition. Lastly, "IF" is explained as the use of Internal Focus" in the lens optical structure where the optical train in the lens actually moves internally, this makes the lens comes with no physical extension during zooming or during focusing. Another advantage is, it may help to drive focusing faster and has better power efficiency. Lastly, as the front attachment doesn't rotates, it facilitates use of special filer accessories with instant visual inside finder without the hassle of verifying the effect after the desired focus is achieved.
If we segment the lens into sections, the AF-S Nikkor Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8D ED-IF can be detailed into 8 sections. At the rear end, the metal lens mount has an array of 10 electrical contacts which is different from a normal AF/AF-D Nikkor lens in a conventional 4+1 pins installation. Other than it delivers normal AF functions and possibly transmitting signals for the built-in motor to load, the additional contacts are possibly meant for future add-ons for other possibilities with a future versions of Nikon SLRs. There are other encoders and levers in making the lens as an native D-spec Nikkor (naturally, it is also an Ai-S but you cannot assume and use it with an older Nikon SLR bodies). At the side of the aperture ring, there is where the minimum aperture lock is located. At any one time you operate the lens in auto Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE, you will need to set the aperture to f/22. In aperture Priority AE and Manual, you slide the switch and release the aperture ring for other settings. Leeching next to the aperture ring is the tripod collar. It click stops at four position, facilitates vertical and horizontal format shooting. The tripod collar can be removed at any one time if you feel like it. It reduces the weight by 140g (approx. 5 oz).
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The fixed lens barrel between the tripod collar and zoom ring locates a lens data plate with a new SILENT WAVE MOTOR word at the center. At the side of the plate locates the M/A switch and "M" setting. The Focus Mode switch on the side of the lens enables quick response to changing situations quickly - i.e. switching between M/A (Manual-Priority Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus) modes. This s is what makes an AF-S Nikkor lens more functional as M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no time lag even during AF servo operation - this was not previously possible with an AF Nikkor and has been a subject of discussion why people thinks Canon EOS/EF combination is more superior than Nikon. Just under the M/A Switch is the Focus Limiter which permits the photographer restricts AF-servo movement to a selected shooting distance range, it has two settings 1) FULL, 2) limits from 2.5m to OO. It doubles as to conserve power consumption as the lens does not required to hunt from other position to the specific focus zone (assuming you lave it at Auto and unattended momentarily earlier but the subject of interest is actually within at close focus position. The zoom ring has been designed quite wide in its overall width and uses traditional Nikon hard rubberized grip design. As the zoom is a rotating type and it has various focal length (80mm, 105mm, 135mm and 200mm) printed at the side for visual reference. The center ring of the zoom is the where you will find THREE focus locks positioned around the rigid center ring. This feature makes it possible to lock onto a chosen focal point from the lens without reverting using the camera AF Lock function. The ring towards the outer section is the manual focusing ring, due to its specific nature in enabling fine focusing during autofocusing in this AF-S zoom, Nikon has smartly widen the width of the ring for a more positive grip, this makes it comfortable and easy to operate during full manual focusing or fine focus adjustment by overriding autofocusing. The grip has a different design where after a while, you need not even have to move your eyes from the finder to know which ring you are gripping onto.
Many of the AF Nikkor lenses have removed the distance window and at times, photographers just has no clue what the focus distance other than verifying focusing through the viewfinder. This lens has one installed and has an infra setting of 80mm beside the distance index. The outer section is the bayonet filter ring. It doesn't;t look rigid, that makes me wonder if it was metal. The lens hood, HB-17 is a huge piece of accessory You can revert and store it with the lens, acting as a protective cover for the lens as well.
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The lens does not has a marked MACRO mode but it can actually close focuses down to approx 1.5m (5.9') across the entire zoom range from 80-200mm. Reproduction ratio is approx. 1:6.2X. You also can actually adds the older AF-1 Teleconverter to increase the magnification ratio while on the other hand, apart from retaining autofocus function but also increase the primary focal length. The AF-S TC are also usable for both auto/manual focusing. Provided you can live with the huge overall dimension and weight, this is a lovely tele-zoom lens. Solidly built with a typical high end modern Nikkor exterior appearance. It is coat/laminated with a hammered-metal coating which relays an impression as an expensive piece of optical glass for serious usage. Nikon stated the lens has excellent property for resistance to penetration of water and moisture I would not like to think it is an easy to operate lens for handheld but as the constant f/2.8 aperture does offer to gain a stop or two using a higher shutter speed, so this may equalize partly for the negative aspect of this zoom lens. Although it is not as bad as I had commented, but for long session shooting, one may get very tiring holding it for an extended time. The lens is the heaviest among all available 80-200 zoom in the Nikkor lens family. Weighing approx.1,580g (3 Ibs 8.7 oz ) or 1,440g (3 Ibs 2.8 oz) without the tripod collar. So, when adds up with a typical Nikon top of the line models such as Nikon F5 or Nikon D2X, you may have to counter a combined weight of exceeding 4 Ibs. So, what I have commented in some sections of the site that modern photographers who chooses "high end combination" of equipment do required to be physically fit. Nikon did designed a lovely removable tripod collar for this lens. With the dedicated HB-17 lens placed in place, the overall lens extension certainly looks awesome - almost may mislead you to think it is long super telephoto. But sometimes I asked myself why would I have to shoot pictures with a moderate zoom lens such as 80-200mm in this manner ?
I may not but many do. This lens could has developed a huge pool of faithful users across the globe because except for a few AF-I super-tele lenses, for so long Nikon photographers have been quite depressed with the lack of high performance autofocus zoom that rivals a comparing Canon EF L-series optic. Although when it was introduced, this lens is not that cheap (retailing at approx. USD1,500-00, almost elevated by 1X in price as compare to the previous version(s) but a recent price search on used equipment via EBAY suggests Ebay buy-it-now price of USD800-00 is beginning to surface while the corresponding AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G replaces the original price tag at around USD1,500-00. That is good news as it has depreciated in its entry price and make it more accessible for a top quality AF-S Zoom Nikkor now. Strangely, Nikon had a provision for users to select a conventional all black finished along with an odd silvery/gray version which makes it looks like a Canon L-series lens. IF it was on good nature of countering heat factor for the lens, that is acceptable. But if it was intended to follow other's foot step then I would like to question the wisdom of Nikon marketing staffs.
<<<--- Comparing side by side differences between previous AF-D model with the Silent Waves Motor-powered 80-200mm f/2.8. The AF-S version has IF, uses 5 ED glass elements in its new 18E/14G optical composition as well as a removable tripod collar. All these adds up the lens to a massive 1,580g in its weight from 1,300g found in the previous 2-rings version (OR 1,200g for both rotating / sliding zoom versions).
However, as one of the most sensitive subject in a product discussion is related to optical performance (it may either kill or help a product commercially, not to mention hurting the feeling of proud existing owners). As of 03.2007, this original AF-S large aperture Nikkor 80-200 zoom lens is approaching first decade in its product cycle. Recently, I did a web search and have found quite a number of individual reviews written. The presented opinion may be diverted but generally I summarize positive aspects are overwhelming. Actually, the numbers sold thus far reflects its popularity. Please don't treat this site as a review as I don't intend to do that for a discontinued product but rather, I would preserved some lost information pertaining to origin, background and provide bare basic technical specification for future owners to refer to. Personally, I am immune to excessive technological aided photography and whenever possible, I'd rather travel with the lightest package I can think of. But if you own a Nikon F6, F5, D2X or even an older F100 etc., you probably will enjoy the extra benefits it brings you such as 20-30% more efficient / responsive autofocusing with your Nikon. However, if you are already an owner in any of the previous version of this fabulous fast speed AF 80-200 f/2.8 ED zoom, why not conserve your cash reserve for other consideration? For professionals who has a cash channel for living and reinvestment for new / updated lenses, that sounds logical for their frequent change of gears but for average photographer, I just discourage such action. Anyway, I don't buy the idea shooting better pictures depends on on the hardware. Well, I don't intend to raise a debate as all these are simply personal thoughts. Below are a listings of compiled web links by owners and/or reviewers for your reading references. Peace.
Cat Walk...during Kuala Lumpur International Fashion Week. Shooting stage photos in available light can be very demanding for a zoom lens. The large constant aperture works fine for Jason here. So, it should work fine for other scenario such as indoor sports and/or
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Some of the suggestive external Web Links that relate with the AF Nikkor 80-200mm tele-zoom lens:
AF-Ai-S A good write-up by Liang Wu Cai; General Discussion at Nikonian Forum; another good review by Marco Silbernagel for photozone; AF-D two versions: An experience by Edwin Leong from Nikon Link; Ken Rockwell writes; a very good read prepared by Oleg Novikov; Michael Clark multiple strings on two AF Zoom lenses; Ricardo Polini, Italy impression on the lens; an alternate zoom bracket for the one-touch zoom 80-200mm AF-S A good review with some personal reservation on its built quality by Ken Rockwell, Australia; Initial impression from a passionate Nikon faithful, Nelson Tan; Photonet's discussion for this AF-S 80-200 f/2.8D; another personal impression by Image Power, Germany; Fredrik A. Rasmussen's review at momentcorp with resolution test; public assessment via photographyreview.com; sports photographer's thoughts. AF-D f/4.5!5.6 A good write-up by Edwin Leong; An interesting read Thom Hogan; general views experienced by users
Technical Specification for Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED-IF Telephoto Zoom lens:-
Type of lense: Autofocus Nikkor zoom lens with built-in CPU and Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Versions: Black and Silver Gray finishing
Focal length: 80mm to 200mm (approx. 123mm to 309mm (120-300mm) for Nikon DX format DSLR camera);
Maximum aperture: f/2.8; Minimum Aperture: f/22
Lens construction: 18 elements in 14 groups; 5 ED elements at 2nd, 3rd, 10th, 11th and 14th Internal Focus Design
Picture angle: 30° 10'- 12° 20' (7° 50'-19° 51' with Nikon digital cameras (Nikon DX format))
Focal length scale: 80mm, 105mm, 135mm, and 200mm
Diaphragm: Fully automatic,
Focus control: Autofocus or via manual focusing ring with Focus Lock and M/A Switch
AF Actuator: Silent Wave Motor
Focus Lock: located at center metal ring between MF ring and Zoom Ring; 3 provided, button type
M/A Switch:- Enables quick switching from AF to MF
<<<--- The AF-S Nikkor Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens has an odd offering of a silvery gray color version. But I assume it was not sold in big numbers. HELP:- DOES ANYONE HAS A SILVER VERSION OF THIS LENS - we need some photos of the lens to complete the site as resource reference. Appropriate credit will be given. Thank You.
Zoom control: Via single zoom ring (Independent focusing ring and zoom ring (2 rings)
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 1.5m (4.9'') to infinity (OO) thoughout the entire zoom range
Distance information: Output into compatible Nikon SLR camera body with CPU interface system IS FULLY FUNCTIONAL with this lens; Option for manual focus provided
Aperture scale: f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16 and 22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with multiple CPU contacts;
Attachment size: 77mm (P=0.75mm);
Meter Coupling Prong: NONE
Depth of Field Scales: NONE
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Reproduction ratio: 1:6.3 maximum
Infrared compensation index: Single. Provided for the 80mm focal length setting
Hornbill ... State bird of Sarawak can be found all over Pan Pacific Hotel in Pnagkor Island. When use it creatively, the out of focus blur of a ED glass powered AFS Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 lens is most eye arresting.
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Tripod Collar:- Provided. Metal and it is a removable type.
Minimum aperture lock: Provided via a slide switch
Lens Coating: SIC (Nikon Super Integrated lens Coating)
Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method with cameras with CPU interface system
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Standard accessories: 77mm front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; lens case CL-73; Bayonet lens hood HB-17*. * Notes on optional bayonet hood HB-17 with scallop front (not sure whether the HB-7 lens hood is compatible). To attach bayonet hood HB-17, attach the hood aligning the mounting indexes on the lens and the hood (white dot) and fully turn the hood clockwise (from the front side of the hood). If the hood is not attached properly, vignetting is likely to occur. To attach/detach the hood properly, make sure to hold the lens side of the hood (not the tip of the hood) when attaching/detaching.
Optional Accessories: 77mm screw-in filters; Teleconverters or other compatible system accessories
<<<---Nikon confidently published the MTF charts for both WIDE and TELE settings for the AFS- Nikkor Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8D ED-IF. Photo at the left shown the HB-17 lens hood with the various standard accessories. Credit:- Image courtesy of PHOTO CREATIVE INC® Image copyright © 2006. All rights reserved.
Dimensions: approx. 88mm dia. x 207mm length
Weight: approx.1,580g (3 Ibs 8.7 oz body only); 1,440g (3 Ibs 2.8 oz without tripod Collar)
Compatible Tele-Converters: - TC-14BS, AF-I / AF-S Series TC-20E/20E II; TC14E/14E II, Nikon TC-17E II autofocus enables; TC-201S with restriction (note: TC-14BS and TC-201S operate in MANUAL focus only).
Some of the compatible Nikon AF SLR models available: Nikon F6, Nikon F5, Nikon F4, Nikon F100, Nikon F90X, F90, F80 Series, F70 Series, Pronei 600i, Nikon Digital SLR cameras which include: D1, Nikon D1X, Nikon D1H, D2H, D2X, D200 and possibly for a selective Kodak DCS Series DSLR bodies etc. With reference to the original press release issued back in 1998; Nikon stated " ... like the 300mm f/2.8D, 400mm f/2.8D, 500mm f/4D and 600mm f/4D before them, deliver superior fast and accurate autofocus performance with Nikon's award-winning, flagship F5 camera body and the Nikon F4, F4S, N90s, N70, Pronea 6i and Pronea S cameras. In addition, the new lenses can be used for manual focusing with virtually every Nikon single lens reflex (SLR) camera...". So, it makes a good consideration for MF Nikon users who may owned both the latest AF digital/film and/or MF Nikon SLR bodies in their camera bag.
* Other information: This lens cannot be used with AF Finder DX-1 attached to the Nikon F3AF camera. Circular polarizing filter: Usable; Circular polarizing filter II: Usable (also with dedicated Lens Hood HB-17); AF-3: not advisable; AF-4 Usable. (2): Startup Serial Number for the Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF lens may have been began from: AF-S 80-200/2.8 D IF-ED 5+ 200001 < 200523 - 2557xx > Dec98 - 2003 55711 Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.
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Page 3:- Nikon AF zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5~5.6D (1995~2006)
Page 4:- Nikon AF zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MK III (1996~1998);
Page 5 :-Nikon AF-S zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED (1998~2005)
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