Nikon 200-400mm f/4 or 300mm f/2.8

Started Aug 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ferguson Senior Member • Posts: 1,267
Re: Nikon 200-400mm f/4 or 300mm f/2.8

I have the 200-400, don't have the 300 but do have the 200/F2 and 400/F2.8.

The primes are MUCH more receptive to a teleconverter than the zoom, but that said the 200-400 works fairly well, especially with the 1.4x.  I haven't tried a 2.0 on it.

If you are shooting low light, the F2.8 makes a BIG difference.  That's why I have the two primes, I love the 200-400, but for night and indoor sports, that extra stop (or two) is a big deal.  Be sure to consider that.  Especially with a TC on, F5.6 is almost out of the range of useful for indoor and night sports.  Not sure about surveillance, depends on for what, and what shutter speeds.

The zoom is very useful, speaks for itself.

I'd say the deciding factor is how low your light levels are.  But don't discount how much difference a stop makes if you are shooting in low light.

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