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I've been contemplating selling my 80-200 and buying this lens as its replacement. I really like the 80-200, but I think the VR and AF-S would be very helpful in some of my shooting.

Have any of you replaced the 80-200 with the 70-200 VR? If so, do you believe you made the right decision?

Thanks,

Gene
 
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Re: 70-200

GeneR said:
I've been contemplating selling my 80-200 and buying this lens as its replacement. I really like the 80-200, but I think the VR and AF-S would be very helpful in some of my shooting.

Have any of you replaced the 80-200 with the 70-200 VR? If so, do you believe you made the right decision?

Thanks,

Gene
I did and it was definately the right move.
 
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Thanks for the reply Jeff. Was the biggest difference for you the VR or were the optics just that much better as well?

Great shot on the main page of your gallery.

Gene
 
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I did replace the 80-200 with the 70-200 VR. But mine was the old
single zoom/focus ring non-D version so upgrading seemed reasonable
(have to find some excuses).

Phil
 
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Same feeling! Just received my 17-55 and TC17EII. Feels like B&H has most of my money! As for the AFS80-200 70-200VR, I think the optics are similar, but the VR is the only way to go for me.
 
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Ron,

When you get a chance, could you post a few images with the TC17EII? I am going to purchase one for my 70-200VR. I am looking forward to your first impressions with it.
 
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CrystallP said:
Ron,

When you get a chance, could you post a few images with the TC17EII? I am going to purchase one for my 70-200VR. I am looking forward to your first impressions with it.
Crystall,

Here are a couple, with the 70-200VR + 1.7 TCEII:
At 220mm, f6.3
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At 340mm, f/5.6
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It really isn't bad in my opinion, and gets you to 340 with VR and AF-S, wide open at f/4.8...

Oh, and I forgot, to stay in the thread topic, I just pulled the trigger for a Tokina 12-24, at B&H. Ok, so it's not costing an arm *and* a leg, like the 70-200 and the 17-55 (I already lost 4 limbs with those. :)), but still... I couldn't justify spending $400 more for the Nikon 12-24 :roll: We'll see!
 
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The gull was taken with a monopod, and the dog portrait was hand-held, both with a D70.

Now I have the D2H, and when you factor in the the body, the 70-200, the extra weight of the TC, and the flash, I think the monopod makes perfect sense, not so much to improve stability (it does, a bit), but it helps just holding the gear! ;-)
 
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jklofft said:
GeneR said:
I've been contemplating selling my 80-200 and buying this lens as its replacement. I really like the 80-200, but I think the VR and AF-S would be very helpful in some of my shooting.

Have any of you replaced the 80-200 with the 70-200 VR? If so, do you believe you made the right decision?

Thanks,

Gene
I did and it was definately the right move.
Gene,

It was both the VR and the bokeh. With this lens I got both a great telezoom and a fantastic portrait lens (if you don't mind the size) . Thanks BTW. That shot was taken with the 70-200Vr.
 
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It really isn't bad in my opinion, and gets you to 340 with VR and AF-S, wide open at f/4.8...
Phillippe,

Thank you for posting the images. I am ordering my TC17 from BH today. I can't find one locally anywhere. That will take care of my distance issues for now.
 
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Philippe Roger said:
I just pulled the trigger for a Tokina 12-24, at B&H. Ok, so it's not costing an arm *and* a leg, like the 70-200 and the 17-55 (I already lost 4 limbs with those. :)), but still... I couldn't justify spending $400 more for the Nikon 12-24 :roll: We'll see!
We will definitely see. This calls for another meeting at the coffee house, Philippe! I 've got to see your new glass 8).
 
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CrystallP said:
I am ordering my TC17 from BH today. I can't find one locally anywhere. That will take care of my distance issues for now.
It'll also put the finishing touches on your credit card, Crystall :wink:.

You need to sign up for a gym membership, too, and start working with the free weights. The 70-200VR/1.7X TC is quite a load.

Hey, nice to meet you in person, by way of your new avatar! Glad to see you've started your pbase gallery, too!
 

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Ron Chapman said:
As for the AFS80-200 70-200VR, I think the optics are similar, but the VR is the only way to go for me.
The optics of the 70-200VR have nothing to do with the optics of the AFS 80-200.The 70-200 has a brandnew optical design which has 21 elements in 15 groups. (By comparison, previous designs of the 80-200 tended to be 15 or 16 elements in 11 groups).It's also a far more compact design!

You can find more info about this on:
http://www.bythom.com/70200VRlens.htm

http://www.digital-images.net/Lenses/AFS_VR/body_afs_vr.html

http://www.naturescapes.net/102003/do1003.htm
 
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Ok my 70-200VR has arrived.

One question though:

How does everyone carry this beast?

When it's connected to the camera I use the camera strap. But this feels awkward. Maybe it's just me.

Should I carry the camera/lens combo with the camera strap around my neck or should I carry them by the lens?

Much of the pictures I take require a bit of a hike so it gets fairly heavy.

Thanks
 

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