70-200VR + 1.7 TC vs 80-400?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Skunkabilly, May 22, 2007.

  1. How does a 70-200mm VR + a x1.7 TC compare in overall quality, versatility and user friendliness to an 80-400VR?

    My idea is that you can make a 70-200 an 80-400, but not the other way around. Or should I put the TC money into an 80-400 instead?
  2. At f/2.8, the 70-200VR is well above average but it is not exactly an ultra sharp lens (like the 300VR and 200VR) and if you slap the TC onto it, the image quality will deteriorate quite a bit --- i.e. not recommended.

    At smaller apertures, may be ...
  3. Mine does best in the 5.6-8 range.
  4. Macusque


    May 18, 2007
    Verona, Italy
    And at close distances you need to stop down to f/11 to get very good results.
  5. CAJames


    Sep 6, 2006
    Lompoc, CA
    I loved my 80-400 and for a one lens solution I don't think you can beat it. However, I sold mine and bought the 70-200 and the tc-17 for the following reasons: I like shooting at f/2.8 - f/4 and the 80-400 doesn't do that. The AF speed of the 70-200 is in a whole different league and the results I got with the tc-17 were really good, at least when stopped down to f/8. Oh yeah, and I got a 400 f/2.8 to handle the long end. But for the size, weight and price the 80-400 is amazing.
  6. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
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  7. Thanks everyone!
  8. Guest-002

    Guest-002 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    I'm in the same situation and if full agreement with CAJames. When Nikon releases a new version of the 80-400VR with AF-S, I'll have a tough decision to make about the 70-200VR.
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