Ah yes. So I finally came full circle so to speak, manned up, and after selling the unsatisfactory 80-200 2.8, I got my hands on a used Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR 1 for a great price. I had rented the lens before, and some of those pics appear in the gallery below, along with some newer ones (featuring my dad’s new pup Lenny).
This is the lens I should have manned up and got in the beginning, instead of scrambling around and renting lens after lens after lens as my telezoom fill in after I sold the old Tamron 70-200 over the summer. I hate to even begin to calculate how much money I spent on rentals, as well as purchasing the 80-200 and selling it for less…sheesh, I might have been able to afford the new version of the 70-200 with that money spent. On the other hand, it gave me the opportunity to shoot with other lenses, notably some 85mm 1.4 primes and the 105mm 2.0 and 180mm 2.8, so that curiosity was satisfied.
So is this one. This lens is one of the finest lenses ever produced and even though it’s no longer made (having been replaced by said newer version), it’s a great bargain used. I got mine for less than $1300 and at most it’s got some scuffs on the body but the glass is fine. It’s a shame Nikon doesn’t (or hasn’t yet) come out with a nice affordable alternative to their top of the line 70-200 telezoom, the way Canon does with their non-IS/4.0 offerings. Yes, they do still produce the 80-200 2.8 but, yeah, see my previous post on what I feel about that lens.
So there you have it. This is a terrific lens that’s razor sharp at 2.8 zoomed all the way in to 200mm with gorgeous bokeh. And don’t forget that 3-stop VR.