VR ,VC, OS: between convenience and necessity

Started Mar 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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VR ,VC, OS: between convenience and necessity

I recently started using a D800E and with it I got a 70-200 VR II to fill a gaping hole in my camera bag (no tele-zoom with an f/ under 5.6 at 200mm = pain and suffering when trying to shoot events).

The VR was to me just something that came with the the 70-200, like the cardboard box the lens shipped with, and not something that determined whether I would buy this or another lens. I have had a 70-300 VR for years and never used it much because of the limitations imposed by the high F/.

Well, fast track two months  and now I find myself using the bulky heavy and excessively long 70-200  instead of my go-to old friend not-as-heavy-and-not-as-bulky 28-70 AFS when I want to shoot at around 70mm FL. The reason is that with VR and F/2.8 I am much less constrained by ambient light levels.

Now I am starting to look at the 24-70 G, my planned replacement for the 28-70 AFS when that 1999 vintage lens goes, as a less than ideal choice because of the missing VR. The Tamron 24-70 F/2.8 VC is starting to look interesting (and I am a dyed in the wool Nikon only person) just because of the VC.

Maybe I am just a victim of consumerism and aggressive advertisement?

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