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:

Tord S Eriksson 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.

I had the 80-400 but sold it a long time ago, and for its cost
I'd get the 70-200/4.0G and the Sigma 100-400 C.
Which, come to think of it, is just what I did!

I like those two lenses, a lot: The Sigma is far
sharper in the long end, compared to the 80-400G,
and the 70-200/4.0G is just the right size and weight!

But the alternative, the 300 PF, plus a Sigma 135/1.8 Art,
that would be near perfect. Plus a 58/1.4, of course!

Should have bought that 300 when I had a chance (I got those other two).

Thank you for the feedback.

I want to get the fastest, longest, and best quality telephoto lens (at least 200mm but ideally longer) within a budget of 2k. It is not an easy choice as options get limited when you combine all of these factors. I tend not to buy third-party brands when it comes to anything over 1k. For the same reason I would not buy used equipment either.

The Z mount may be getting tele-converters soon so 70-200mm Z lens is probably better option than the F mount lens when using TC / Z mount.


The AF-P 70-300 VR FX + Sigma 100-400 C can easily get inside your budget, the Sigma costing just now (Fforde's, Scotland, just as an example) £669 new, the Nikon AF-P 70-300 VR DX £219 (used, also at Fforde's).

Or £888 for both!

I know, the DX version vignettes a bit on an FX body (worst in the long end, for some obscure reason), so not anything for landscape, but perfectly alright for sports or portraits, and weighs very little, and very good with a Nikon 1 camera (of course, you'll need an FT-1 adapter, very similar to the FTZ adapter you might already have). It will then have the same reach as a 190-800mm zoom on your FX cameras!

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