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

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Michael Benveniste
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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.

Cool.  But can you make a 300mm prime work for what you're trying to do?

The 80-400mm because of the range.

Cool.  But how often will you need to restrict DOF or lose shots to too slow a shutter speed?

The 70-200mm because it is fast.

Cool.  But will a 200mm lens give you the reach you need?

So it's all good, unless you buy a lens which doesn't fit your needs.  And only you can figure out what those needs are.  I own a 70-200mm VR-II, a pre-D 300mm f/4, and a Sigma 100-400mm f/5~6.3.  Given my own uses and history, if I could only keep one it would be the 70-200mm f/2.8, but that doesn't mean it's right for you.

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