7 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp at wide open, Low Distortion (distortionless at 24mm), Economictoo much CA, medium contrast
This lens is producing sharp image event at f/4. But at 24mm, distortionless, the stoping down is required to get sharp image as at 12-20mm.reviewed November 16th, 2006 (purchased for $430)
Nice color reproduction but a bit low contrast. This is good lens for photographer who need low-light shot. You can wide-open with low vignette.
Not recommend for shooting a high contrasty scence with having blowout area, because color fringe from CA with cannot be correct easily.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedHigh Contrast and SharpnessSlow focus
Highly recommended macro-lens for Nikon mount.reviewed November 16th, 2006 (purchased for $690)
Better even than 105VR in term of image quality, sharpness, chromatic aberration.
Some visible CA (but still least than 105VR), that can easily correct by Photoshop and Nikon Capture.
Too much extend lenght of lens when full life size focusing. Slow focus speed (better using manual focus for near 1:1 magnification).
Moving lens tube prone to suck some dust/particle inside of it.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedUltra wide, Silient, Good color reproduction, Low CAHigh Vignette
This is the favorite lens for outdoor and landscape shooting, that normally use f/8 to f/11.reviewed November 16th, 2006 (purchased for $490)
Need to stop down to get sharpness for entire frame, wide-open will cause vignette on your photo.
In real scence, this lens show very little CA while having high contrast and color.
For Canon fans this lens can beat 10-22, because it price and good image quality.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedLightweight, Good color reproductionSome visible CA at wide open
Inexpensive, good color reproduction, smooth & natural skin tone. Better sharpness get start at f/2.reviewed November 26th, 2006 (purchased for $340)
If you can't effort 85/1.4, this lens will not let you disappointed.
If you love protrait, you will love this lens.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpness and VRExtend length when zooming
Nothing to spend a lot of words for this lens, other than "Exceptional Image Quality".reviewed January 8th, 2007 (purchased for $720)
Great sharpness, Low CA, and VR at reasonably price.
If you are want to travel around and carry minimum lens, this would be one in your bag.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedInexpensive f/2.8 Pro lens, Good Optical PerformaceNoisy & bit slow AF Operation, AF/MF Ring easy to crack
Get rid off third party telephoto lens with this Pro lens. Optical performace is good, with some visible CA and bit low Contrast at wide open.reviewed January 8th, 2007 (purchased for $1,000)
If you want inexpensive f/2.8 pro lens for most of Nikon body, buy this lens other than third party lens, it will never let you down.
A better optics can be found in discontinue AF-S version. Or you move up to the top grade optics quality with expensive AF-S 70-200 VR version.
One major flaw you might found on 80-200/2.8 is that the AF/MF switch ring is prone to crack.
Because of it doesn't an silence wave motor inside, the AF operation quite slow when equipped with prosumer SLR. If you want faster AF speed you might need to use Pro body or move to 70-200/2.8VR version.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, Impressive Axial CA, Low vignette, Good BokehAF in low light, bulky, soft at corner
I use this lens with D700.reviewed July 16th, 2010 (purchased for $420)
This lens make me happy when shot at large aperture, the Axial CA is lower than other lens in the same class.
The Bokeh is also very nice. Very sharp event at f/2.0.
Found some AF hunting under low light, but not much a problem.