70-200 F4 - Anyone regret not buying the 70-200 F2.8 instead

Started Mar 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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70-200 F4 - Anyone regret not buying the 70-200 F2.8 instead

Ok, I have a D600 and a Tamron 70-300 VC USD which is good, but I am considering to buy a constant aperture 70-200 for portraits and landscape and my choices are

1. Nikon 70-200 F4 - around £775- £945 new in UK (Panamoz has lowest price)

2. Nikon 70-200 F2.8 - around £1254 to £1600 in UK (Panamoz has lowest price)

3. Tamron 70-200 F2.8 VC USD - around £650-£1000 in UK (Panamoz has lowest price)

While I'd love to have the Nikon F2.8 version, I am certain I won't like carrying it around much due to its weight and the same goes with the Tamron F2.8. The Nikon F4 seems like a good choice in weight and value point of view. A stop less bright than the F2.8 ones, but much lighter to carry and very good on distant objects. I know that the F4 version cannot deliver the creamy shallow DOF the F2.8 does at F2.8 which I love seeing on internet, but I guess it is a choice I have to make.

I am absolutely clear on what the F4 and F2.8 versions can or cannot do, but weight and price difference (Nikon) seems to tilt my decision towards the F4.

My question to all Nikon 70-200F4 users here

1.After using the F4 lens and perhaps having compred it with the F2.8 have you ever regretted your decision to go with the F4?

2. If you are given a choice again which one you'd choose and why (considering weight and money to reasonable limits)

 anirbana's gear list:anirbana's gear list
Nikon D750 Nikon 85mm F1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon D600
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