The reader is strongly advised to read the lens evaluation notes.
Compared here are the Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II. See also the review of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II.
The Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF is a disappointing performer on the D800, showing only moderately good results even in the center, with mediocre to poor results outside the central 2/3 of the frame. It also suffers from axial chromatic aberration and other color aberrations. Not recommended for the D800.
The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II performs notably better than the 180/2.8D, but it too shows its limitations.
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