Which fast telephoto zoom for my dad to use with D810?

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Amin Sabet
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Which fast telephoto zoom for my dad to use with D810?
Aug 5, 2014

My dad has been doing photography for several decades now and recently asked me to help him pick out a nice Nikon kit.  He likes doing photography mostly of flowers, landscapes, and people.  Not a lot of action/sports.

On my advice he just got a D810 along with a Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon and Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens.

He'd like to add a telephoto zoom and prefers f/2.8 rather than f/4.  He read up a bit and was leaning towards a Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 zoom, but he rarely uses a tripod, and I'm concerned it might be too heavy for him.  Would a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR be noticeably lighter in use?  Also, he has a tremor, so if one has better image stabilization than the other, that could be an important factor.  Any other lenses to consider in this class?

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