Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1998-09-01

MSRP Price: $1099

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: Discontinued

Lens Description: Lens-making is an art - Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world\'s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the \"glass\" that makes the world\'s greatest pictures. AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 80-200mm f2.8D ED AF is a superb 2.5x telephoto zoom for sports, portraits, and nature photography. With a fast and constant f2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range, ED glass elements provide high-resolution and high-contrast image even at maximum aperture. The rotating zoom ring provides precise zoom operation. ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses. Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics - specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens\' refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor\'s ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon\'s preeminence in lens innovation and performance. Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance. To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon\'s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length80-200mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX/35mm
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Zoom Ratio2.5x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Optical Information
Lens Elements18
Lens Groups14
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements5
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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This lens could have been a great 2nd hand recommendation because it is sharp and actually handles very nicely, however, there are often autofocus problems, which seem to be inherent. My guess is that is why they stopped producing it and reverted to the AF-D (new) version. I owned two copies and have tried a further two, and all of them eventually suffered from the same AF issue: focusing may work ok for a bit but inevitably it would just stop responding, usually when being asked to rack back from a far away position. So you needed to use the manual focus to a closer point, then the AF might start again and move away to your subject. Usually the camera body shows an in-focus indicator even whilst the lens hasn’t responded. It seems to me like the focus gear is somehow ‘sticky’. As I said, all four copies of this lens that I have used had the same problem, and in some it happened all the time, whereas others could work fine for 30 minutes, but then the problem reappeared. Hence, I would not recommend this lens as the problem seems inherent and I don’t believe Nikon can fix it anymore. The AF-D 80-200/2.8 is a safer second hand buy, which is almost as sharp and the focusing is quick for AF-D.


Hello there.May i ask if this lens will work well with my Nikon D300?If yes can i expect any crop factor as D300 is crop sensor camera?Thank you.

Jan Holler

According to Nikon this lens has a silent wave motor (SWM). I own a copy and the typical screaming noise at the beginning after a longer period not using it tells me it has a SWM.