9 out of 10 points and recommendedFast AF on D70 and D200, superb image quality (see cons)Heavy as a tank. Soft at 200mm, fully open aperture and minimal focus distance.
I have only used the lens on a D70 and D200; AF is very fast, image quality is superb. The lens is very heavy and is not really fun to carry around for a couple of hours. I can confirm the softness at 200mm setting mentioned in the SLRGear review. AT fully open aperture and minimal focus distance, mine is really soft. I had compared shots to the 70-180 Micro and was blown away twice: first by how good the 70-180 is and second how soft the 80-200 is. Even stopping down to f/4 or even f/5.6 didn't get close to the results produced by the 80-200. Other than that, an excellent glass and a solid build quality.reviewed December 6th, 2006 (purchased for $660)