Would you sell your 70-200 f2.8 VRI for the 70-200 f4 VRIII?

Started Oct 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
Onetrack97 Senior Member • Posts: 1,953
Re: Would you sell your 70-200 f2.8 VRI for the 70-200 f4 VRIII?

kayone wrote:

Onetrack97 wrote:

The 70-200 f2.8 VR1 was not sharp to the edges on a full-frame camera. It made my full length portraits unacceptable, and that's shooting on a tripod with cable release and mirror up.

How unacceptable? I sold my VR1 before the VR2 existed. I bought a 200 f2.0.

I now also have the 70-200 VR2, it does the job well.

So, if you're full framed, I'd go with the new f4.0. Otherwise, the VR1 is probably OK.

Yes, I still have the 200 f2.0. It's still amazing.

I'm not surprised that a dedicated 200mm f2 would be tack sharp and a great lens. How large is it compared to a 70-200 2.8 I or II?

The 200 mm f2.0 is actually 0.1" shorter, but much thicker and almost double the weight.  When you put the lens hood on, it does get the attention of others unless you're at a football game.  I never take my hood off, I store and carry it in a Glass Taxi case.

You can hand-hold it but that depends upon your size and strength.  It does have lightning fast focus and for events, I pretty much leave it wide open all of the time.  For portraits, it's also great stopped down but so are lots of lenses.

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