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Hmmm....you don't suppose you are referring to the 80-200 AF D 2 ring version? If so...is a tricky lens. I love this lens a lot. But..here is a BIG but so that you don't end up wasting money. The lens is of older design meaning that AF accuracy can not be guaranteed on the today's DSLR AF system. The lens is known to be back focusing at the longer end, around 155mm to 200mm when the focusing distance is around 20ft or so. My copy has the same problem and I am shooting with a D7000. No amount of AF tuning could fix it. It has something do with the lens aberration causing the AF to misjudge its distance.
I managed to mitigate it by PHYSICALLY repositioning the front group lens element AWAY from the sensor. Now, instead of some 20ft shooting distance, my copy would only back focus 2 inches or so under 10ft shooting distance, at 155mm to 200mm. And tack sharp from 135mm down to 80mm wide open under ALL shooting distance.
The chance that your copy would show the same back focusing issue is HIGH. The only way to mitigate it, from my experiences, is to dissemble the lens and to change how far the front group lens element should be tightened. This may require adding a shim. I used blue loctite to "glue" it in place. At my current position, without any means to glue or tighten the lens front element group to the AF barrel, it would wobble and loose.
Second issue is that the AF noise is somewhat loud because is an AF D lens after all. Your biggest hurdle is to get the lens to focus properly at wide open at all focal lengths under your typical shooting distance. Also, in order to weather seal or dust seal the lens, you need a front protective filter. The lens is poorly sealed by the today's standard. If you are getting an used copy, more than likely you would see some significant amount of dust inside or specks inside..unless the seller cleaned the lens at one point.
If you have the money, try the Tamron 70-200 vc. I think someone is selling one on the message board for about $770. If you must get a Nikon, AF S 80-200 is a good choice....kind of if the AF S motor does not die on you in few years. Otherwise, yeah, Nikon VR1 should do.
Now, there is the Push and Pull AF D version. I have to google to see if it has the same back focusing issue with the today's DSLR AF system....
AND...my AF D 2 ring version would need -17 AF tuning to AF properly.
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