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Torn between two lense!

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by atrawick, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    Please help me make a choice.
    70-200vr or the 70-300vr I would also will be getting a TC. I know i can almost buy the 70-300vr and the TC for the price of the 70-200 lens!
    Is the 70-200 a sharper lens?
  2. the 70-200VR is a PROFESSIONAL Nikon lens
    the 70-300, while better than it OUGHT to be... is NOT

    if you care to afford the 70-200.... buy it
    it's MUCH better than the 70-300
    ..... no offense intended to those who own and love their 70-300
  3. aos111


    Mar 9, 2008
    little rock ar
    I've got both. The 70-200vr is clearly the better lens.

  4. Bear78


    Jul 26, 2008

    They may seem like the same lens in some respects but they are completely different.

    I guess the first question.

    What do you shoot? Animals, Sports, weddings, candids, etc....
  5. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    Thanks! For the reading i have done and your opinions lead me towards the 70-200. I like shooting everything! Mostly Wildlife and Planes.
  6. 70-200VR and 1.4 Tc or 1.7 TC if you can stretch it. Much heavier than the 70-300VR but as already mentioned, pro quality build.
  7. Just as a counter point. I am all for pro glass. And that is mostly what I own. But I sold the 70-200VR, because it is one HEAVY lens. I just could never bring myself to take it off the shelf. Of course, just my opinion.

  8. whyhan


    Jun 14, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Look on the bright side, you'll get bigger biceps carrying 70-200 than you will the 70-300 :wink:
  9. I own the 70-200VR and its a lens you will fall in love with, the creamy boka, the fast focusing, sure its a big lens but so what! I am actually in the process of acquiring a Nikon 1.7TCIIE for it and will post some results after I get it. But it does come down to cost and what you shoot, as someone already said, if you can afford this lens, grab it!

  10. grepmat


    May 5, 2008
    Do not try to use a TC on the 70-300! That is (if I recall correctly) an f/5.6 lens at full tele, which with a TC would render it an f/8 to f/11 lens, which would be unable to auto-focus on most if not all current cameras.

    If you don't care about money or weight - and are only using it on DX - get the 70-200 and 1.4 TC (or 1.7 if you wish to push it). If you care about money and weight, get the 70-300 and be happy that your camera is lighter and your wallet is heavier. If you are going full-frame, you may want to go all the way to the 200 f/2 or 300 f/2.8.
  11. hensil


    Jan 19, 2007
    Abu Dhabi - UAE
    What camera are you using? Because on full frame 70-200 has some vignetting which does not bother me. 70-200 is a professional lens and has aperture of f/2.8. This make the lens big and heavy and of course expensive. If you know the use of large aperture then its worth buying 70-200 f/2.8 if not then you should be happy with less expensive, lighter and good for money 70-300 f/4-5.6.
  12. atrawick

    atrawick Guest

    I work at a local airport and i like taking picture of all the aircraft that comes in and out. I also like shooting wildlife and thing around the house. I have a D70 and a Nikon 50mm 1.8d and a Sigma 70-300D APO DG. i can not get a sharp picture from the sigma. I can get a decent one but have to play with it in photoshop. I was also thinking about a Sigma or Tamron version of the 70-200.
  13. Depends.. The 70 200VR gives you more options.
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