Which Lens is faster?

Discussion in 'Sports' started by jason_conway|1, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Thinking about buying the Nikon 80-200 F/2.8 lens. But I am unsure of which to get
    AF-D or AF-S? Which one would focus faster for sports?
     
  2. Which camera are you using? The "D" version uses a mechanical screw-driven focus mechanism that relies on an auto-focus motor in your camera. The AF-S version has the AF motor in the lens, and will generally be quicker to focus for most people. This depends on the camera body, to a certain extent. The AF-S version isn't made any longer (you'd be looking at the 70-200/2.8 AF-S), so I presume you're looking at used lenses?
     
  3. I have a D300
     
  4. The D300 has a fast AF system, and a reasonably good AF motor. Not quite as beefy as the D3 bodies, for example, but quite good. Certainly an AF-S lens is going be a bit more nimble, and quieter, as well. If money didn't matter, you'd want the new II version of the 70-200/2.8 VR, next choice being the very excellent version I of that lens (terrific on a D300 - I use it all the time). Third choice would be the discontinued 80-200/2.8 AF-S, with the D version the next choice. They're all optically very good, and to a certain extent we're splitting hairs by picking between them. Obviously the VR is frosting on the cake, if you can get it - but it may not be all that useful for you for sports. Of course, you'll end up using such a lens for more than just high speed action, so that's something to think about.
     
  5. I just bought the Nikon 80-200/2.8 AF-S and I am quite pleased with it. I bought it primarily for the AF-S speed even though I use it on a fast D2X, and because I was pleased with the image quality on one that I had tested. However, I realize now why many prefer a push pull zoom for sports, and I do recommend checking both out thoroughly before buying. One of the non-AF-S push/pull versions can be had for about half of the AF-S.
    The clearance between the zoom ring, of the AF-S, and the tripod mounting foot is not ideal for one's fingers while zooming, and the amount of barrel rotation required for zooming is a bit excessive.
    I do not know if the VR versions are better in this respect or not.
     

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