80-200 2.8 or 70-200 2.8 vr???

Started May 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: 80-200 2.8 or 70-200 2.8 vr???
In reply to Steve Horwedel, May 24, 2012

Steve Horwedel wrote:

I have to decide which Nikon lens will be best for me. I mainly shoot sporting events, kids, and some weddings. I am using a Nikon D90 camera. What I am trying to decide is if the 70-200 with vr is worth the extra $1000.

Others may disagree but IMO if you know you will be mainly shooting sports with kids mixed in you may want to save some money by buying the 80-200. My thinking rightly or wrongly is this.

I personally have the 70-200/2.8 and I rarely us VR for shooting all the sports I do. But that's me. IMO the reason is I would rather have a faster foccusing lens than the extra stops and shutter speeds that VR would provide me. If shooting sports, subject movement due to a slower shutter speed could cause blurriness. Something you will definately run across when shooting sports in lower light. IMO you would have to raise the ISO and the shutter speed to stop the action not rely on VR which is very good for static subjects.

In the first photo the 1/640 was enough to stop the movement of the girl but not enough to stop the ball.


This shot was taken with a D700 c/w 70-200 lens 1/640 @ F3.5, No VR and ISO 6400 in a dimly lit pool.

This shot was taken with a D700 c/w 70-200 lens 1/640 @ F2.8, No VR and ISO 6400 in a dimly lit pool.

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