Need advice on a lens choice...

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HELP..

My 55-200 lens was sold to fund a longer lens, 70-300. Unfortunately I was not able to do that, Wife found other areas the money was needed, :(, anyway I have two shoots this weekend, that I need another lens for.

One is a informal shoot where I am sure my 35 1.8 and the kit lens will work just fine, but the other is shooting production stills for a film. I am pretty sure that neither will work very well there, will need a little more reach then my two current lens.

So I am looking to rent a lens for the few days that I will need it. I am thinking either the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II, or the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR

Would these work or should I be looking at a different focal length? The first shoot will be both portraits and wider angle shots,
 
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If you have the wide angle covered, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II should be it.

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Hari
 
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Either lens would be good for the range and nice for people (portraits) with the 70-200 being a winner. Cost would be a factor therefore the 70-300 would suffice if necessary.
 
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+1 for the 70 200mm. It's an incredible lens, very sharp, great color, contrast, and bokeh, and the AF is very fast and accurate.
 
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I would go with the 70-200 as well but I'm curious on what a weeks rental is going to cost. Couldn't you just put that money towards the 70-300 and call it a day?
 
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I can get the 70-200 2.8 for 100 bucks for 4 days. I could just add the other 80 and get a sigma 70-300 BUT I've had that lens and as good as it was for what it is, I want either the nikon 70-300 or at the least the APO sigma, which I can not afford at the moment.
 
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I can get the 70-200 2.8 for 100 bucks for 4 days. I could just add the other 80 and get a sigma 70-300 BUT I've had that lens and as good as it was for what it is, I want either the nikon 70-300 or at the least the APO sigma, which I can not afford at the moment.


The Sigmas can't come close to the Nikon!

Here is a resolution comparison of the Nikon 70 200mm to Sigma 70 200mm from DxOMark:

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And this is what the Sigma 70 300mm looks like:

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I can get the 70-200 2.8 for 100 bucks for 4 days. I could just add the other 80 and get a sigma 70-300 BUT I've had that lens and as good as it was for what it is, I want either the nikon 70-300 or at the least the APO sigma, which I can not afford at the moment.

A $100 for 4 days isn't bad. I would have thought it was higher then that but you are corect. There is still a long way to go between $100 and the cost of a 70-300 lens.
 
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With good light the 70-300 may be OK. The 70-200 is certainly a better choice.
 

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