Steve Balcombe: I'm very happy for Nikon owners - at last they have a lens which will hopefully equal Canon's 70-200/4L IS.
Of course, many of us on the Canon side have now switched to the equally good and much more versatile 70-300L...
> the 70-300 L is nowhere near the 70-200 f4 L IS opticallyexcuse me? I've had them directly compared (own the 70-300L, friend of mine has 70-200/4 IS) and both are equally good. that coincides with other tests I know.
> especially at the long end where like most 70-300 lenses it is softerwhat long end? 300mm? 70-200 has none such AFAIK. and at 200mm... might be just 2 lenses I compared or the other pairs other testers did... but it nevertheless says both lenses are about as good at 200mm from f/5.0 on.
> the 70-300 L is still a slower variable aperture zoom so I'm not sure why it would be more versatilesome people need longer focal lengths than 200mm. if you want to cover the range 70-300 differently with 70-200 and something - then it's way less versatile. 70-300L has it all in one package. obviously.
marike6: The tripod collar for the Canon EF 70-200 is about the same price so I'm not sure where all the outrage is coming. A matched tripod collar, contrary to several comments below is NOT a $10 item, but a milled aluminium, fitted clamp and foot.
Go check RRS and Kirk collars you'll see they are also $200.
Unless you shoot handheld 99% of the time, it makes sense to get a proper tripod collar. They make switching to vertical much easier, your ballhead won't creep when pointing down as much, and your setup will be less vibration prone.
a decent, metal Canon ring type A replacement from China costs around $25 and works perfectly fine with Canon's 70-200/4's or even the 300/4 (old nonIS version for the record) which is bigger and heavier than this Nikkor 70-200/4.
so, yes, it is not a $10 item (plastic rings sell for this price and they are not good at all, agreed), but let's not pretend $200 is reasonable price. it's an outrage. Nikon ppl will probably have no choice in the beginning but I can hardly see people buying Nikon's genuine tripod rings once good Chinese people figure out how to make those properly - and I thinkg it'll take less than 3 months.
I've paid €150 for Canon's genuine tripod ring C for 70-300L because there was no choice. I still think (almost 2 years later) this price is an outrage and would absolutely, hands down, but a decent chinese ring if such was available back then.
and yes, I'm a regular tripod user, Arca system, L-bracket, etc.
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