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Part II Nikon's AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MK II Telephoto Zoom lens
Year introduced: Sept. 1992; Discontinued: 1996

The first upgrade of the AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED was occurred in 1992. This was inline with a broad scale general lens updating program for the entire series of AF Nikkor lenses in enabling autofocus Nikkor lenses to be able to take advantage of the refined 3D Matrix Metering incorporated in the new series of Nikon SLR cameras. This series of AF Nikkor lenses are generally being termed as AF-D Nikkor Where Nikon integrated a three dimensional information data encoding microchip inside the lens to transfer focusing information from lens to camera for a more precise exposure and metering calculations. The 3D Matrix Metering, as it was called, was first incorporated in the Nikon F90(X)/N90(S) series camera models and many of the followed up AF Nikon SLR bodies have this feature built-in and depends from models to models, some of the Nikon bodies have actually extended the Matrix Metering for elevated technology like 3D Multi-Sensor balanced fill flash. As for the RGB Color Matrix Metering first seen with the superb Nikon F5 - Nikon's 5th generation single digit F professional SLR camera model, the RGB Matrix meter requires such data transfer for proper exposure and metering calculation too and an AF-D Nikkor lens type must be used. These series of Nikkor autofocus lenses which went through this round of lens update are generally have a lens designation of an additional alphabet "D" behind the lens data description. For an example, this favorite Nikkor zoom with an update is being referred as "AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED". Well, basically, AF-D Nikkor lenses are also Ai-S native as other than this capability of enabling distance data to be transmitted; virtually all of them are incorporated with the associating encoders and levers at the rear lens mount. So, in a way you can safely quote AF-D lens series AF Nikkor lenses maintain a very good backward compatibility* with older AF / Ai-Spec Manual Focus Nikon SLR models. * The corresponding Nikon SLR camera models will confine their features within their system capabilities.

Nikon second upgrade of the autofocus (AF)  Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Zoom lens
The hammered metal crinkle coating However, to conclude the lens just added with a chipset is a little conclusive. Nikon actually took the opportunity to improve the overall lens handling as well as cosmetic of this favorite zoom of Nikon photographers.


One of the most noticeable difference that separates from the predecessor is omission of the focus range limiter ring near the focusing window where it has been replaced with a simple slide switch that depicts "FULL" or "LIMIT". Further, this AF-D Zoom lens has an overall hammered-metal finishes that covers from lens barrel to the front end (previous version, the crinkle hammered-metal finishing/coating was only offered at the front section). The crinkle finish of the lens has, other than serving as protective body coating for possible scratches, light level of anti penetration of water and moisture (I was told it carries with some light anti corrosive properties but such claim is hard to verify - you do know how a Nikon fanatic interprets "good" features in a Nikon products at times...hehe). Whatever it serves, it has added a layer of quality feel and professional grade appearance to the lens and made consumers paid an extra premium happily too although internally, this update still uses the same optical configuration used in the previous model.

Scene of England ... by Bob Friedman
Scene of England.

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Side view of Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D telephoto zoom lens
The AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens still retains a one-touch sliding zoom design where personally I favor this as most often, during manual focusing, this is easier to handle. The center part of the lens is predominant occupies with an extra wide zoom ring which doubles itself for manual focusing. The zoom action is smooth, effortless and this has considerably improved from the previous model. Another minor change is at the front bayonet filter ring where Nikon redesigned it and offered a new HB-7 for this zoom. I am not sure if the previous HN-28 is still usable.

The lens still operates almost similarly with the previous AF Zoom Nikkor zoom. However, an exception is, Nikon has improved it with the front section where the front lens element does not rotates anymore. This improvement has enabled photographers easier to manipulate special accessories such as close-up attachment as well as special filters is mounted onto. However, the non-rotating design is not associated with an IF design.

The optical structure for this version still shares the same 16 elements in 11 groups optical construction used in the non-D first version. Amidst all the good points found in this upgrade, I notice the aperture ring has began to adopt a weaker construction in a different material. Well, as this is essentially still an autofocus zoom lens and manual focusing has been supported as secondary feature, so it does matters too much to many photographer, but I still have to comment that it doesn't match the overall high quality exhibited in this the lovely zoom lens.

The versatile 80-200mm zoom range provides a picture angle of approx. 30° 10'- 12° 20' (20° - 8° with Nikon DX format digital cameras - roughly interprets as 120-300mm) which can be incredibly useful for a wide varieties of photographic applications. Adding to its superlative optical image resolution is the built-in close range correction system which actually delivers the same 1:5.9X magnification ratio at its closest focusing distances or MACRO mode. Outside the MACRO lens extension, it still delivers 1:7.4 ratio, so this has significantly improves its usability on and off the field for your photographic assignments. This favorite Nikon tele-zoom can be frequently seen using by professional photographers at hot sporting arenas as backup bodies for their super telephotos for quick snap shots at closer working range. Naturally, in the hands of a creative owner, this tele-zoom can be used for many other usage such as personal leisure photography, travel, scenic, wild life, nature, candid, documentary and journalism. The possibilities can be extensive, only takes a thinking minds in fully unleash its enormous potential as a working zoom lens.

Nikon's AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MK II Telephoto Zoom lens Rear lens mount of Nikon's AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MK II Telephoto Zoom lens
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The essential main selling point for this zoom lens is its large opening aperture of f/2.8 which remains constant throughout the entire zoom range from 80-200mm. Other than offering an absolute advantage in bringing versatility to a photographer as a zoom lens in substituting the needs of bringing few telephotos wherever he goes; the relatively fast lens speed of f/2.8 offers a way to tackle low level available light shootings. Further, it also provides a brilliant finder image for the comfort in focusing and composition. The marked lens speed has actually expands the range of depth of field control with its 7 f-stops aperture values for creative usage. The lens has a f/22 minimum aperture value and can also be useful at times when maximum depth of field is required (for an instance, when the MACRO mode is activated). In terms of system comparability, you need not have to worry to interchange your Nikon from old to new, digital to film or vise versa. The main drawback actually is with its overall size and weight factor where it affects mobility as well as portability. Well, most photographers are generally accepting the fact lens speed is closely associated with size and weight. Anyway, despite the update, the lens is still be able to maintain similar weight as the previous version (at 1,200g); neither the overall dimension of the lens has increased significantly. Well, regardless of what Nikon has managed to suppress in this lens update, the lens is still considered physically quite demanding to use for handheld shooting. I guess lack of a tripod collar is heavily missed by some esp. for it adds convenience to change vertical/horizontal format during shooting. Next, another minor issue is with the odd filter attachment size of 77mm as it may require you to reinvest another set of system accessories just for this lens. Lastly, the lens is NOT ENTIRELY THAT CHEAP and can be quite stressful for those who may be building up lens system with a budget. However, minus all these, the lens may reward owner with a truly functional, highly responsive autofocusing and an optical zoom lens that delivers top quality image resolution for your photography.

men in the wire.. a traffic cross junction, Shanghai, China
Men in the world of wires.. a traffic cross junction in Shanghai, China

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As a f/2.8 with a good zoom range from 80-200mm primary focal length, this may invite some photographers to extend its reach via use of tele-extender. For an example, it will replicate itself as a 112-280mm f/4.0 when a 1.4X TC is used or a 160-400mm super zoom with a 2X Tele-Extender. However, as such combination may resulted both in light loss for the effective aperture of the primary zoom and affects shutter speed; so, the use of a tripod is always recommended in such combination(s). Nikon suggests the compatible Tele-Converter type is Nikon TC-14BS. The TC-14AS and TC-201S are also usable but Nikon cautions users there might exhibits occasionally vignetting in such possible combination. All I know is, this D-spec high speed Nikkor Zoom actually has began to get the attention of many Nikon photographers and it has sold very well in numbers where I think it is a good testimonial for its performance. Unless you are incredibly fussy, this superb Nikkor zoom possesses every element to termed it as a fabulous telephoto zoom.

Lens data of ED Zoom lens 80-200mm f/2.8D Lens data of ED Zoom lens 80-200mm f/2.8D
<<<--- The rear section of the lens is mainly for image control. However, if you are operating the lens in any of the AUTO cum AF mode, literally, you can leave it unattended. The minimum aperture lock has changed from twisted to a slide switch in this version.



Technical Specification for Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MK II telephoto Zoom lens:-

Type of lense: Autofocus Nikkor zoom lens with built-in CPU and a metal rear Nikon bayonet mount
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:
16 elements in 11 groups; x 3 ED elements at 2nd, 3rd and 12th, with close range correction (CRC) 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/Zoom control: Via single focusing/zoom ring
Finishing: full crinkle finishes

Nikon FM2/T with AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D telephoto zoom lens
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet/inches from 1.8m (5.9 ft) at normal focus to infinity (OO); close focuses at its nearest distance at 1.4m (4.9') at MACRO mode
Distance information: Output into camera body with CPU interface system is
FULLY FUNCTIONAL with this lens; Option for manual focus provided
Aperture scale:
f/2.8, /f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16 and 22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Mount: Nikon bayonet mount with CPU contacts;
Attachment size
: 77mm (P=0.75mm);
Meter Coupling Prong
: NONE
Depth of Field Scales: NONE

Indian religious statue at Batu Caves, Selangor, Malayysia
Indian religious statue at Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Reproduction ratio: 1:5.9X maximum at MACRO@1.4m; 1:7.4 at normal mode @1.8m
Minimum aperture lock: Provided. Via a new slide switch design - an alternate way to verify this early version
Lens Coating: NIC (Nikon Integrated lens Coating); later models with high serial numbers could have been treated with SIC (Nikon Super Integrated lens Coating)

System accessories foir Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED telephoto zoom lens
Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method with Ai cameras or cameras with CPU interface system; via stop-down method for other cameras
Infrared compensation index: Single. Provided for 80mm focal length setting only
Standard accessories: 77 mm front lens cap; Rear lens cap LF-1; Original lens Pouch CL-43A; Bayonet hood HB-7; previous HN-28 unknown

Optional Accessories
:
77mm screw-in filters
Dimensions: Approx. 87mmmm dia. x 185mm (approx. 7.8")
Weight: Approx.1,200g

Usable Tele-Converters: - TC-14BS. When using TC-16AS, TC-14AS and TC-201S (Note: MANUAL focus only) occasionally, vignetting may occur

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Other information: This lens cannot be used with AF Finder DX-1 attached to the Nikon F3AF camera. Startup Serial Number for the Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED zoom lens may have been began from: AF 80-200/2.8 D ED 1 ring 5+ 400001 < 400490 - 563085 > Sep92 - 1997 163085 Reference: Roland Vink's lens data sheet.

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Cross Section view of the AF Nikkor Zoom 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens
Page 1:- Original Version MK I (1988~1992)
Page 2:- Nikon AF zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED MK II (1992~1996);
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)

RELATIVE: Manual Focus 8.5~25.0cm (85-250mm) f/4~4.5-16 Zoom-Nikkor Auto; Non-Ai Zoom Nikkor Auto 1:4.5 f=80mm~f=200mm; Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5; Manual focus Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.0s; prototype of Manual Focus 80-200mm f/2.8 ED; Manual Focus Nikon Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8s ED

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