Nikon 70-200 f/4 for profesional results?

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

Ricardo00 wrote:

whoosh1 wrote:

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.

I am sure you are right that the FL 70-200mm f/2.8E would be superior to the other lenses in this group even though I have never used it. However I am surprised that there hasn't been more pushback on your statement that you feel a difference between 2.43 kg and 1.85 kg is inconsequential. Maybe I am showing my age, but a 1.3 pound difference for me definitely feels significantly lighter (both in my hands and in my camera bag).

Perhaps you are feeling it to be front heavy while carrying the camera in your hand? How do you carry it? At 1.85 kg the D8x0 + 70-200 f/4 is not lightweight. It is 76% of a 2.43 kg D8x0 + 70-200 f/2.8 - which is pretty significant. My Z50 + 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 feels lightweight. Heck even my Z7 + FTZ + 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P feels more manageable weight - but D8x0 + 70-200mm f/4 never felt lightweight. In my hand I never felt it significantly lighter compared to D8x0 + 70-200 f/2.8. In the bag - absolutely no difference. And I have done these comparisons countless times by carrying how it feels.

In fact, I have been following this thread since I was contemplating getting the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E to replace my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 + 1.4TC ( a difference of only 0.8 pounds). Based on your comments and others in this thread on how good the 70-300mm lens is, I did just buy it (just today), and I can say that I definitely feel a difference even with this smaller loss in weight. Maybe this has to do in part how one is photographing? It is not clear if you are using a tripod?

I rarely use a tripod when out hiking - it will be even heavier. If I carry a tripod and shooting at f/8, might as well use the lighter 70-300. BTW - how heavy it feels also depends on how you carry it. I either use a Black Rapid side strap screwed to the hole of RRS tripod foot of the lens to carry it or just carry it by the tripod foot in the hand. If you are carrying it by the camera it feels heavier.

In my case, I will be using this new lens on a boat trying to photograph whales where sometimes I have to shoot one handed (while using the other hand to hold on to the rail) or in a kayak. So far I am happy with the speed of focus acquisition and sharpness of the 70-300mm lens and will look forward to trying it out.

Yeah - the 70-300mm is a good lens & I feel it does most of what 80-400mm does other than the 301-400mm.

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