88points

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II

64points

Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II vs Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED
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Why is Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II better than Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED?

  • Has a silent focus motor built into the lens
  • Has full-time manual focus
  • Can focus to infinity
  • Has built-in optical image stabilization
  • Weather sealed
  • Has rounded aperture blades
  • Includes lens hood
  • Has or is a prime lens

Why is Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED better than Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II?

  • 220mm shorter minimum focal length
    80mmvs300mm
  • 1.5x greater zoom range
    2.5xvs1x
  • 0.01x Better magnification factor
    0.17xvs0.16x
  • 0.8m shorter minimum focus distance
    1.5mvs2.3m
  • 12° wider maximum angle of view
    20°vs
  • 1.6kg lighter
    1.3kgvs2900g

General info

1.maximum focal length

300mm

200mm

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

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Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

800mm

2.minimum focal length

300mm

80mm

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

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Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM

0.24mm

3.Has a metal mount
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

4.Is a telephoto lens
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

A telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on far away objects. This is particularly useful when you need to photograph a subject from a distance, such as wildlife photography, or even in some cases street photography where you can’t get near the subject.

5.Front element doesn't rotate
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.

6.Weather sealed
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

Optics

1.has built-in optical image stabilization
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

2.optical zoom

1x

2.5x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

22.2x

3.magnification

0.16x

0.17x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Best

Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR

1.5x

4.maximum angle of view

20°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

Best

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH

318°

5.minimum angle of view

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Best

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Aperture

1.widest aperture

f/2.8

f/2.8

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

f/1.2

2.widest aperture at maximum focal length

2.8f

2.8f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

1.2f

3.aperture blades

9

9

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

Best

Lensbaby Velvet 85

12

4.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

5.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

6.Has rounded aperture blades
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

3.Has focus motor
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

4.Can focus to infinity
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm F/2.8D ED

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

5.minimum focus distance

2.3m

1.5m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Best

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF

0.02m

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