Looking for minor upgrade for AF-P 70-300

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cosmicnode Veteran Member • Posts: 5,237
Re: Looking for minor upgrade for AF-P 70-300

I Love Furry Animals wrote:

cosmicnode wrote:

I Love Furry Animals wrote:

What are our options without breaking my shoulder and the bank? Which of these are better overall compared to what I already have?

  • AF-S 300 f4 (plus TC 14e)
  • 70-200 f2.8 (with TC 1.7 or 2.0?)
  • 80-400 VR
  • Any better option from Tamron or Sigma?

What I shoot is mostly 300mm so I don't really need the zoom, but appreciate more reach if possible. 500mm PF is just too expensive for us, so please don't suggest anything around or above this price range 🙂

Out of your list the first option is probably the one that meets your requirements best, the 70-300 is already a fast focusing lens with stunning VR that few other of your available choices can better. I sold my 70-200 after buying the 70-300 for it's better range, and lighter weight with little or no loss in image quality.

So 70-200 f2.8 VR + TC-20e is not better than AF-S 300 f4 + TC-14e ?

When you had yours, have you had chance to use TC with it?

My usage is different to yours, I have always had lenses that are longer than the 70-200 at the same time. I have had 120-300 f2.8 Sigma, 200-400 f4, and currently 200-500, I have used TC 's on both the first two but never liked the loss in quality of the image, so I never bothered to use the TC's I had with the 70-200, they only matched the focal length of my longer zooms without a TC. you don't seem to want the 200-500 which is the best option, due to the weight, I currently use 70-300 and 200-500 for motorsport, the latter on a monopod fitted with a balljoint. I presume you are looking at the super light Nikon 300mm f4E PF ED VR AF-S Lens which is cheaper than the 80-400 vr. and is well regarded. A 1.4 tc is a better compromise to get more reach than a 2X converter which will reduce image quality greater.

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