Between 300mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8 and 80-400mm which one would you choose and why?

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Re: Between 300mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8 and 80-400mm which one would you choose and why?

Dibyendu Majumdar wrote:

I am thinking of:

  • 300mm f4 PF.
  • 70-200mm f2.8 FL.
  • 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 AFS.

The 300mm attracts due to size.

The 80-400mm because of the range.

The 70-200mm because it is fast.

The last one is easy.  I'd only using it for an event lens.   Especially indoors where F2.8 is useful or outdoors with people and sports.   I've found it to be a very good focal range on FX for shooting people in general where you have enough room to frame the whole body.  It's too short for wildlife, too long for many indoor scenarios though.

I have one, and it's one of my least-used lenses.  I sometimes use it at the Renaissance Faire, but when I do I miss the 80-400g for the birds of prey show.

80-400 - I used the 80-400AF-D for years, wishing for a better lens.  The 80-400g was an answer to that prayer.   Its weakest point is 400mm performance, so it's not the lens you want to pick if you plan to use it as a cheaper 400mm prime.   The 200-500 is a better lens for that and much cheaper.  However, if you use the lens over the whole range, it's an excellent lens, with a fast zoom and autofocus coupled with effective VR.  I use mine as a travel lens, along with 16-35 and 24-70, and it's the reason I rarely use my 70-200.   The focal range is addictive.

300PF.   I don't have a use for this lens, nice and small though it is.  I have the 300F4, and I rarely use it without a teleconverter because it's too short for wildlife.   That said, if my choice was 300pf and tc or 300f4 and tc, the PF combo has got to be significantly shorter to pack, not to mention has VR.   I'm still looking for a 500PF myself.

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