I have a D90 and shoot lot of indoor sports (no flash allowed) and lighting sucks. I have used a borrowed 70-200 2.8 VR1 before and was reasonable impressed with its performance. Now I am looking to buy a fast telezoom to owe.
I don’t need VR. I have read reviews of both 80-200 f/2.8 the D version and the AF-s version, and understand that the AF-s has some more ghosting and is heavier. But it is supposed to auto focus slightly faster, has better weather sealing, and has the AF lock buttons, also teleconvertors can be used with poor results, but is also mostly plastic as opposed to D's full metal jacket.
Weight does not bother me but I don’t understand why nikon would discontinue a later model in favor of older technology especially if the performance remains unchanged. (are the flaws in AF-s that pronounced?)
Should I buy a used 80-200 2.8 AF-s @ $1000.00 or a new 80-200 2.8D (2 ring version) for the same price? (Used v/s Gray market, so warranty is a non issue)
Can you please post your thoughts, experiences, advice, and opinions on both versions of 80-200 2.8