70-200 f4 or 70-200 f2.8

Started Nov 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Kerry Pierce
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Re: 70-200 f4 or 70-200 f2.8
In reply to Marvin Thomas, Nov 15, 2012

Marvin Thomas wrote:

I am shooting (American) football with a D300 and 70-300 VR lens. Look at my 9-page gallery. http://www.titansnapshots.com/Games/Wheaton-College-2012/24515362_37ZQG8#!i=2165231439&k=SjKtczb and about page 9 the sun sets. You can see a loss of color. Our football season ended 3 days ago, so I am now trying to sell my D300 and put the money toward a newer body with higher ISO capability in preparation for next year. I would like a faster lens, but I don't think it will help as much as having a faster sensor.

Well, a stop of real light is much better than a stop of higher ISO, IMO.  You're shooting at f/5.6 with that lens, assuming that you're always shooting at 200 to 300mm.  You could gain a stop by going to the 300 f/4 and 2 stops if you could go to the 70-200 f/2.8.

The d7000 has better high ISO performance than the d300, but not 2 or 3 stops.  You could get better high ISO performance with an FX camera, but then you are looking at spending a lot more money for longer lenses to go with it.  The d800 is about equal to the d7000 for high ISO performance in DX mode.  The d600 may be better, but is only about 10mp in DX mode.  Neither of these FX cameras have the performance of the d300.

You're looking at the same issue that many of us have already been looking at.  Until Nikon brings out a replacement to the d300, there just isn't a good alternative.

Kerry

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