200mm f/2 VRI, am I crazy?

Started Jul 23, 2014 | Discussions thread
flbrit Veteran Member • Posts: 4,218
I'm ordering the 200

xtm wrote:

flbrit wrote:

I've been allowed, from she who really must be obeyed (my dearest wife, no sarcasm intended), to buy one more really good lens. She loves me a lot.

Anyway, was trying to decide between a 200 f2 and the Zeiss 135 f2. Well this, previous threads, and some great messages with some of the people commenting in this thread have convinced me to go with the 200. Ouch!

I'll start the hunt for a really good VR1 version.

Brian

Congrats, Brian! You not only have a fantastic lens, but a fantastic wife too WIN-WIN

A friend lent me his Zeiss Apo-Sonnar 135 to try. I shot it side by side with the 200 f/2 and the IQ was VERY close, and I mean, REAL close. The dealbreaker was that the Zeiss, being MF, resulted in some missed and OOF shots. There is just a point where you think you got it all focused properly and you take the shot, but when you get home and look at the big monitor, it's out of focus. I can't live with that. I returned the Zeiss.

Thanks for the comments.

I fully agree with what you say re autofocus and long lenses. Its one reason I decided on the 200. The PM's from others who own both also agree with you.

One very fine day I may get the 135 but in the meantime I'll continue with my 85 1.4 G.

Brian

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