70-200 2.8 VR II vs 300 AFS F4

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bryand7k
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70-200 2.8 VR II vs 300 AFS F4
Sep 26, 2012

Ok .. I've had the 300 AFS F4 for a year now and just love it "but" I just wish it had VR, focused faster and was 2.8. I call it my cameo lens.

I am not about to swap it for the $5400 and 2x heavier one.
No .. I am thinking go with the 70-200 2.8 VR II and at least the TC 1.4.

I have the D7000 by the way.

So aside from the 'reach' issues of this lens and I know it won't be as sharp as the prime

  • how is it for BIF shots and birding in general?

  • this is a heavy breather and so at the long end is this going to make it just much worse on the reach side of things?

  • its only about 150g heavier than the 300 and with VR should be able to shoot at lower shutter speeds.

  • I find the 300 does a very creditable macro shot, what about the 70-200 in comparison?

If I go this route then I'd be selling my one other lens, Sig 50-150 2.8(not the new OS one), and getting something like a 17-50 type lens. And If I win the lottery then the 300 2.8 is in the cards!

I am going to be borrowing one .. not sure if its VR1 or VR 2 but will be able to answer these questions for myself but would appreciate any thoughts ... like ur crazy to give up the 300 ...

 bryand7k's gear list:bryand7k's gear list
Nikon D7100 Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Nikon D7000
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