It's bugging me again!

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After looking through the pictures posted here on what the 300mm F4 can do...it makes me wanting to own one more and more everyday :tongue:

But I'm also in search of a potrait lens and the 85mm 1.4 do cross my minds all the time! :rolleyes:

But as I already got my 70-200 VR, it makes me wonder do I really need the 300mm F4? (Yes at times I do need the extra 100mm) I know these 2 are totally different lens in many ways...but I'm also trying to tell myself just get the Cream Machine and settle down with a 1.4x TC to partner it with the 70-200 VR.

How I wish if I can just go get both and get it over with...hmmm decisions :confused:
 
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Although I don't really regret selling my AF-S 300/4 I do miss it because of its portability and handholdability compared to the 300/2.8. I have always believed that two important lenses in anyone's outdoor kit should be a good 50mm and a good 300mm.
 
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Although I don't really regret selling my AF-S 300/4 I do miss it because of its portability and handholdability compared to the 300/2.8. I have always believed that two important lenses in anyone's outdoor kit should be a good 50mm and a good 300mm.
Since you mentioned 50mm...but for outdoor? Will the 85 1.4/1.8 do good outdoors?

But my intention for the 85 is mainly for potrait and if I were to get a 50 for outdoor work it will be just the 50mm 1.8 :rolleyes:
 
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Try a couple of portraits with your 70-200mm VR. I was pleasantly surprised with the bokeh on mine. This is 200mm f/3.5 @ 100 ISO. I wonder how it would do for portraits at a shorter focal length like the 85mm?

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70-200 with the TC14 is a super combination IMO. I would get this first because you can ALWAYS use it later (and will most of the time) on a 300 if you get one later.

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Since you mentioned 50mm...but for outdoor? Will the 85 1.4/1.8 do good outdoors?

But my intention for the 85 is mainly for potrait and if I were to get a 50 for outdoor work it will be just the 50mm 1.8 :rolleyes:
The 85/1.4 and 85/1.8 are both outstanding and rasies the same sort of discussion as the 50/1.4 and 50/1.8. Having used the 85/1.4 but not the 1.8 (I only know it by its good reputation) I can tell you that it excels at portraiture and candids and that's what most expect it to do. I believe that would be a fine general purpose outdoor lens but we don't see much discussion about that. If I didn't have a 105/2 DC that I like quite a lot I'd probably be using the 85/1.4.
 
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It depend on what kind of pictures you prioritize for the time being.

If you are in portraits, get the 85mm f/1.4 and the TC14EII to have more reach with the 70-200mm. Like Nate said, the 70-200mm+ TC14EII is an excellent combination (here's another sample of what this combination can do)...

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...but for birds (especially small ones), the reach is limited.
For birdies, the combination 300mm f/4+TC17EII gives a good bang for the bucks in the 500mm range.
 
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Wow! Now I got nice thoughts on both the 300mm and the 70-200 VR + TC.

If I end up buying the 300mm AND 85 1.4 I'll BLAME you guys! :Guns: :Guns: :biggrin:
 

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