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| p.2 #5 · 80-200D ED 2.8 AFS repair |
I have an 80-200/2.8 AF-D that I bought used, cheap, locally. I like it. It seems sharp to me on my D700, but I'm not a pixel peeper. There are different versions of the 80-200. First an AF push-pull, then an AF-D push-pull, then 2 ring. The 2 ring is said to be much faster focusing than the push-pull. Mine is the 2 ring AF-D and it will focus respectably in low light (at a concert in a bar). They still sell them new, so spare parts should be around for a while. Ken Rockwell (no flames please) makes the statement the 2 ring AF-D is 80% as fast as the new 70-200.
Another thing to consider is a new 70-200 VRII is 54oz, the old AF-D is 46, and your AF-S was somewhere in between I expect. My AF-D is heavy enough to me, I don't want to add another 8 ounces. Actually I have a messed up shoulder and I use the 105VR a lot more than the zoom these days.
Like someone else said, buy one used, try it, and if you don't like it you can probably sell it again for for about what you paid for it.
My 28-70/2.8 hit a wooden floor the other day, with D700 attached. Everything seems to work fine, except now the zoom is a bit stiff between 28 and 35. I was thinking about sending it in, but now you have me scared.