Sec­ond­hand Su­per­star

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I have a D7000 and want a fast tele­photo zoom. Would a sec­ond­hand Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED suf­fice, or should I buy a new Nikon 70-200mm VR? San­dra Miller, via email

Ja­son says... As seen in this month’s Big Test (page 110), the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is a great lens, but it’s pricey. The Tam­ron 70-200mm f/2.8 (also fea­tured) is less costly, but the older Nikon 80-200mm makes a great sec­ond­hand buy.

Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

This is an old­style lens, but it’s beau­ti­fully built and fea­tures great glass Re­leased (year): 1986 Price new: £850/$1225 Price used: £400/$500 When launched in 1986, this was Nikon’s top-flight, fully pro-grade short tele­photo zoom. Its build qual­ity is in keep­ing with these as­pi­ra­tions, based on tough metal bar­rels that play host to pre­mium glass. There are three ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments to max­imise sharp­ness and con­trast, and Nikon’s SIC (Super In­te­grated Coat­ing) fends off ghost­ing and flare.

Like other ‘AF’ lenses, it lacks an in­ter­nal aut­o­fo­cus ac­tu­a­tor and re­lies on a mo­tor in the host cam­era body. The good news is that aut­o­fo­cus works per­fectly with your D7000 and other high-end DX bod­ies, as well as all FX-for­mat bod­ies. An­other bonus is that the aut­o­fo­cus speed of this lens is very fast, unlike sim­i­lar sys­tems in some other tele­photo zooms, no­tably the dis­con­tin­ued AF 80-400mm VR.

The only real down­side of this lens com­pared with the lat­est Nikon and Tam­ron of­fer­ings is that it lacks an op­ti­cal stabiliser. Even so, it’s more than ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing stun­ning im­age qual­ity.

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