200mm f/2 or 200-400mm f/4

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Karl K Grambow
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200mm f/2 or 200-400mm f/4
May 12, 2008

Looking for feedback on anyone that has used both these lenses. I'm particularly interested in knowing how the 200mm f/2 with 1.4x and 2x converters compares to the 200-400mm.

Here's my situation:

I shoot mainly motorsports, wildlife and very occasionally assist a friend at weddings.

The 200-400mm will give me a lot of flexibility - which can be particularly useful when shooting sports.

The 200mm will give me great low-light capabilities as well as (with converters) a 300mm f/2.8 and 420mm f/4. So I get more options than with the zoom lens but at the expense of flexibility and anything between 200-300mm and 300-420mm.

The other thing I should mention is that I need a big tele (either 500mm or 600mm). If I get the 200-400mm I'd be tempted to go for the 600mm even though I'd prefer the lighter 500mm. If I get the 200mm I'd get the 500mm.

By the way, I'll be shooting with D3 and D300 cameras.

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