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    Is the Vivitar Series 1 28-90 or 28-105 worth a crap? I have a 28-105 for OM but haven't ever shot it because I just use primes for this range. It seems to be built well enough though.
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    Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5 Ai (72mm filter), an excellent mid range zoom for about $100

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    Vivitar (Kiron) 75~150mm.

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    In the mid 1980s, a manual focus Nikon 35-105mm f/3.5 to f/4.5 was produced.

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    80/200 F4.0 works at all focal lengths and apertures. There is some distortion like ALL Nikkor zooms. This lens is reasonably small and not heavy and has Nikon build quality unlike the series E which are junk inside where you can not see it. 70/150 E suffers from or will suffer from zoom creep from the amateur construction.

    80/200 2.8 are bigger, heavier, higher priced, so don`t get one unless you need 2.8.

    Think about a three lens kit 85/135/180

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    I have used for many years the 35-105 f:3.5-4.5 and find it the perfect zoom focal length for ME. I like the close focus ability and it includes all of my favorite focal lengths. If I have an image that I want to be of the best quality I will either shot with a prime lens such as my 35 f:2, 85 f:2 or my wonderful 105 f:2.5, but for a walking around lens the 35-105 is hard to beat. For the best image quality I will go for my Pentax 645 or my Wista 4x5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGW View Post
    Guess you never shot a AFS 80-200 mm f/2.8 ED-IF. Funny how so many abandoned primes for the various 80-200/2.8s. Wonder why?
    +1. While I have long maintained that my 85mm F1.4 AIS, 135mm F2 AI and 180mm F2.8 IF-ED AIS are three of the sharpest lenses I have ever used, my 80-200mm F2.8 D ED AFS is every bit their equal, substituting, without fear of compromise, whenever weight is an issue or speed and convenience are paramount .

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    The 80-200mm F2.8 D ED AFS is no a MF lens. As I stated I have an 28-105 AF that is a pretty good lens. I also have a 28mm f.2.8 AIS, 35mm f/2.8 AIS, 50mm f1.8 AIS and the 105mm f/2.5 so I have great primes and if I were taking a shot that was really important the I would use a prime. If I want to walk around when I travel a zoom is much more practical.
    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyK View Post
    +1. While I have long maintained that my 85mm F1.4 AIS, 135mm F2 AI and 180mm F2.8 IF-ED AIS are three of the sharpest lenses I have ever used, my 80-200mm F2.8 D ED AFS is every bit their equal, substituting, without fear of compromise, whenever weight is an issue or speed and convenience are paramount .
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    The 80-200mm F2.8 D ED AFS is no a MF lens. As I stated I have an 28-105 AF that is a pretty good lens. I also have a 28mm f.2.8 AIS, 35mm f/2.8 AIS, 50mm f1.8 AIS and the 105mm f/2.5 so I have great primes and if I were taking a shot that was really important the I would use a prime. If I want to walk around when I travel a zoom is much more practical.
    Are you wanting manual focus lens feel or are you being a purist?

    The AF 80-200/2.8 ED (non-D) (and very likely the first D version too) has excellent manual focus feel and a one-touch zoom/focus ring that works great on manual-focus bodies. Your camera won't care if it's an AF lens but it's up to you if you care. I use mine on manual bodies routinely.
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    25-50/4 and 50-135/3.5 are great zooms

    Probably the best of all, though I've never had one in my hand or even seen it, is the 80-200/2.8. The legend (and spec sites) says that it weighs about 7 tons, is bigger than elephant and cuts through diamonds wide open. It is priced accordingly (>$1000).

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