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?

Igor Sotelo wrote:

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.

300mm 4.0 PF is a speciality lens, meant to add 300mm to the lenses kit without too much size or weight.

I would go with a 70-200mm 2.8 FL. It’s currently the best DSLR 70-200 and very practical lens for portraits.

80-400mm 4.5-5.6 II is a good option too. Very versatile focal range, but it doesn’t focus close and isn’t built to pro standards.

If you go occasionally to 400mm, the 70-200 on a 2X will do fine and focus to 1.1m / 400mm, doubling as a macro lens. If you plan to go over 200mm very often, the 80-400mm is the more practical option.

Note that the 70-200/2.8 FL isn’t as affected by focus breathing as the VRII version, if you are especially interested in close ups. I acknowledge, though that the OP seems to be  more interested in the long view.

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