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    the most ubiquitous focal length on the used market

    No, it's not normals any more, so it seems. It is the ever present, and ever annoying due to the prolificity (sorry spell check, but that is, indeed, a legal word), of the constantly available 80 - 200, or thereabouts. Why? - David Lyga
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    Because there is some really good glass in that range and it's a real practical range.

    An ED AF Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 push-pull is on my F100 right now. That lens is so nice and so practical and works so well in so many situations that I sold off my Nikkor 105mm f2.5.
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    Yes, I guess so, but 'when water is everywhere'....One does not appreciate that truth.

    These lenses are often fogged due to internal haze. It is not too difficult to clean by removing the front element set (either unscrew ring or, on some, the side set screws). You are correct: they make stellar portrait lenses at the low range or about 80. And, yes, they are truly sharp. But...heavy!!! - David Lyga

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    Seems to me that the most prolific FL range on zooms 3-4 decades ago was the 70-210.

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    The weight helps negate mirror slap blur.
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    wiltw: I meant 'thereabouts' . The 70 - 210 fits into this focal length genre.

    mark: Does the weight really help with this? I wonder because I have had cameras mounted on very flimsy supports with normal lenses and, with absolutely no interference (neither wind nor vibrations), I get tack sharp results from slow shutter speeds. This seems to be 'against' the commonly perceived assumption, but that is what I got. - David Lyga
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    My go-to lens on 35mm is a Canon 70-200 f4L IS

    On my Nikon its a 70-210 3.5 Vivitar Series 1, wonderful little lens and designed by Ellis Betensky of NASA optics fame
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    That's funny you posted this David as I've just bought a Nikon Series E 70-200 F4. Why? Because it is lighter than taking a 100mm F2.8, a Vivitar Series 1 105 F2.5 macro lens and a 200mm F4. Besides it is one lens covering the functions of 3 lenses, so less lens change is needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Lyga View Post
    wiltw: I meant 'thereabouts' . The 70 - 210 fits into this focal length genre.
    Therein lies the answer...everybody and his brother in the third-party aftermarket, offered 70-210mm (or thereabouts) at verrrry affordable price range. they were ubiquitous, and very often the first add-on to the camera bag to complement the standard 50mm f/1.8 normal that came with every body!

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    Because 70(80)-200(210) or thereabouts gain most from AF and VR systems which are present in every new tele-zoom lens nowadays.

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