In its test report on the 80-200 Nikkor Zoom, Modern Photography magazine described it as "the best zoom lens we have ever tested."Optically, it is incredibly good, bettering many performances of good single focal length lenses. Mechanically, it operates with "silken smoothness and convenience." A mere 6 1/4" long and weighing just 29 ounces, the lens preetty much demands to be used hand-held. It provides an infinite variety of focal lengths spanning the most widely used range for anything from portraits to true telephoto. Combined zoom/focus collar, automatic-reopen diaphragm and coupling for full-aperture exposure metering are added advantages. Closest focusing distance is 1.8 meters.