Crazy for trading in 70-200 VRII ?

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Crazy for trading in 70-200 VRII ?
8 months ago

Thinking about trading in my 70-200 VRII...

Me: noob/hobbyist, good grasp on photo theory, but I'm not super serious (more of a technology geek). Output is web, 4x6 prints and the occasional 8x10. Usage is probably pretty average (family shots, vacation photos, maybe some motorcycle racing and wildlife mixed in).

Here's what I have now:

  • D300
  • D7100
  • 18-200 VRI kit lens
  • 70-200 2.8 VRII
  • 105 2.8 VR Micro Nikkor
  • 300 F4
  • 80-400 AF VRI
  • 18-55 DX kit lens (non-VR)
  • 1.4 TCII

Here's what I think I want/need to fill out my range:

  • a fast normal prime (35 1.8G DX, or maybe the 50 1.8G) for indoor family
  • a faster midrange zoom (again for indoor family)
  • the 70-200 F4 (just to replace the VRII so I don't miss it)
  • a DX wide angle of some sort (don't have a WA, still not sure how much I'd use it other than when on vacation)

I love the pics I get from the 70-200 VRII, especially outdoors where I'd be using it the most. But it's big, heavy and no doubt better than I am. I'm thinking I could possibly find a place to trade it for the 70-200 F4 + a 35 1.8G and I wouldn't miss the 2.8 VRII at all.

What would you guys do? Trade it for what, exactly? A prime 1.8G / a wide angle / a midrange zoom / a 70-200 F4 / some combination of these?

 theJrod's gear list:theJrod's gear list
Nikon D300 Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF +7 more
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