Nikon 70-200 f/4 for profesional results?

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whoosh1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,965
Weight savings negligible on a D800e

I am telling this from experience using both f/2.8 (1430g) and the f/4 (~850g) on a D850/D810/D800e (approx 1kg with a battery). Do you really think combined weight camera + lens of 1.85 kg will feel significantly lighter than the combined weight of the f/2.8 combo at 2.43 kg? Of course not. On a Nikon Z - a future 70-200 f/4 S will make sense as the camera itself is lighter.

BTW I have had 70-200 f/2.8 VR II, 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR, 70-200mm f/4 at the same time together when the FL lens came out and have done on tripod based unscientific tests for them. The 2.8E FL VR was superior to both the f/2.8 VR II and the f/4 - so I sold both of them and kept the f/2.8E FL VR. There were tons of comparison pics - so I did not upload them.

The other suggestion that you got (AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E VR) is a good one too. I also had the AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G at the same time when I did those tests with the 70-200 f/4 VR. The pics were somewhat comparable between the three - 70-300 AF-P, 70-200 f4 & AF-S 80-400 - slight edge to 70-200 f/4 but nothing to write home about. So in effect I sold the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II + 70-200 f/4 VR + 80-400mm AF-S for the combo of 70-300 AF-P and 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR - and feel it ticks all the marks.

 whoosh1's gear list:whoosh1's gear list
Nikon D850 Nikon Z7 Nikon Z50 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR +8 more
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