USED 70-200 F2.8 VR II or NEW 70-200 F4 (VR III)?

Started Jul 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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DavidPonting Regular Member • Posts: 268
Re: USED 70-200 F2.8 VR II or NEW 70-200 F4 (VR III)?
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You don't say exactly what you are using it for!

If you're planning to shoot sports, weddings or other action/low-light stuff then the choice is a no-brainer - the f/2.8, because you need f/2.8 for those things (an extra bit of VR doesn't help with subject motion, so the better VR doesn't replace the need for a fast lens)! Alternatively, you can use it as a club - it's built to last, but you pay in weight and cost.

Otherwise you probably want the f/4...

The main factors between them are:

f/2.8 better:

  • Aperture: the f/2.8 obviously wins this!
  • Build quality: Tank-like vs Infantry-carrier-like - the f/4 is good, but nowhere near as good as the f/2.8

Too close to call / situation dependent:

  • IQ: Now we're splitting hairs - the f/2.8 probably has the edge, but it's a very tight margin.
  • Intimidation factor: the f/2.8 is a big lens - if you're shooting people that will get freaked out by a huge lens pointing their way (street photos, kids...), then you might prefer the f/4

f/4 better:

  • VR: Looking at Nikon's CIPA VR table (here (NR)), then you get half a stop more VR-ability with the f/4
  • Close focus: the f/4 focusses closer and doesn't breathe anywhere near as much, if at all - resulting in a much greater magnification ratio.
  • Weight: the f/4 wins easily (though if you need a tripod collar the difference falls somewhat)
  • Cost: the f/4 wins easily (though if you need a tripod collar the difference falls somewhat)
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