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The next lens...????

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by snownow, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. snownow


    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    So the CFO said, just go buy the new lens you want. Thats the good part. The bad part is I have been lusting after two... the 300f4 with a Tc and the 70-200 vr.....

    Been shooting sports and having a good time, so the 70-200 would fit perfect and what a piece of glass it is.

    But, after seeing my first eagle and chasing this mating pair of red tails near my work a 300f4 afs and a 1.4tc would be so slick.

    What to do? :confused:  :confused:  :confused:  i guess its a good confusion. I guess I can just go drool over both and flip a coin... Any advice? and no get both is very bad advice, then what would i want to read this part of the forum every day for,, well other than the beast, but he can wait.
  2. Pixelographer


    Dec 22, 2006
    You can cover eagles with your 70-300 vr. Even the 70-200 vr would produce excellent results with practice for such large birds. If you want to capture smaller birds, my experience has been that you need at least 400mm to get a detailed capture of these. Even then, you'll need good light, practice, and the time to walk and/or hide to get near them. So, if you're sure you'll stick with large birds, get the 70-200 vr. If not, then take the CFO at her word and buy one of the big guns (2-400vr, 400/2.8, 5 and 600/4). Add the 1.7 TC in any case.
    Best of luck
  3. snownow


    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    I think with the big guns i would be sleeping on the couch for a while :)  But i think I'm set on the 70-200 vr, I just don't think i can beat that glass.... But then you look some of the shots posted here with the 300f4, no slouch as well.......
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  4. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    I say get the 70-200 VR as you'll really enjoy this lens for sports. Then you can scour the for sale forums and KEH and find a good used 300 f/4 AF-S lens for cheaper later on down the line.

    Good luck!
  5. snownow


    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    Thanks, what i should have done was pick up that sigma 300 2.8 on the boards last week. I waited 10 minutes and then went back to get it and gone gone gone. $1500 for it and a TC a steal.
  6. Greg V

    Greg V

    Feb 19, 2007
    SE Michigan
    From a versatility standpoint, the 70-200 VR is hard to beat. A must have lens for any setup. Both are excellent pieces of glass; however, I would go for the 70-200 first with a 1.4 T/C. The go with the fixed focal length.
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