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    My only 200 that fast is the 200/2.8 Canon New FD (1st model). I find it to be quite good even if its close focusing limit isn't as good as that of the later IF model. The other fast 200 I have is the 200/3 Vivitar Series 1. I have that lens in Konica AR and M42 mounts. The Series 1 lens focuses to 4 feet, which is even closer than the 200/2.8 IF Canon lens. I have a late model 200/3.5 MC Rokkor with the aperture ring near the lens mount and a later 200/3.5 MC Rokkor-X. Both of these are excellent. It would be nice to try the 200/2.8 MD lens. There are several very nice 180/2.8 Nikkors which would probably sell for less than the MD. The problem with finding some of the more exotix Minolta lenses is that most people using lenses like these had Nikon and Canon cameras. All three versions of the 200/2.8 Canon FD lenses are much more common than the 200/2.8 MD and the 180/2.8 Nikkors are more common than the 2002.8 Canons. If you really want to spend money you can look for a 200/1.8 Canon New FD. Soligor also made a 200/2.8 years ago.

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    Had one in the early 90's I shot sports with before I went nikon. Good lens wish I had kept it.

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    I had a Soligor 200mm f2.8 around 25 years back. It was pretty lacking in contrast wide open, although much better by f4 - but if I wanted to use it at f4 or slower, I'd rather not have lugged around such a heavy lens compared to a 200mm f3.5.

    The Vivitar 200mm f3.5 is available for a pittance nowadays, and it's a stunningly good lens at least comparable to the Rokkor 200mm f3.5, better than the Nikkor 200mm f4.

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