70-300mm AFP FX vs 70-200mm 2.8 FL

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Snapshotx7 Regular Member • Posts: 290
Re: 70-300mm AFP FX vs 70-200mm 2.8 FL

aaronkick111 wrote:

FuhTeng wrote:

aaronkick111 wrote:

kenw wrote:

For real world stopped down landscape testing I find cameralabs has the most useful review images:



From the samples in there it looks like you give up very little IQ at F/8 between the two lenses.

Thanks for this think this may be a good option

While bench tests are of dubious utility for outright sharpness, I appreciate them for relative purposes - https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-70-300mm-vr-af-p/3

Sure, the FL is better but it certainly should be! However at f/8, I don't think anyone could tell the difference even at 100%. I have both lenses but I always use the AFP for landscapes. So much easier to carry and the length improvement is significant.

so you have both? I currently have the 70-200mm so if i never use 2.8 and want something lighter for landscape would you say it makes sense to trade the 70-200mm

You answered your own question if you never use the 70-200 at 2.8.  The weight, size, cost, and purpose of the 70-200 2.8 is based on using it at 2.8 at some point.

I sold my 70-200 2.8 VR2 because as a hobbyist that doesn't shoot portraits or action shots very often, the weight and size just wasn't worth it.  The 70-200 sat on the shelf most of the time because it was too cumbersome to bring on most trips.

I now have a 70-300 AF-P that I use with my Z6 and I bring it with me every time I bring my camera now because it's compact, light, and has excellent image quality stopped down to f8 and still very good image quality wide open.  That extra 5% of potentially better image quality is not worth the weight, size, and cost of the 2.8 for my uses.

For landscape use I'd absolutely get the 70-300 over the 70-200.  At $550 the 70-300 doesn't break the bank either.  You could just keep the 70-200 for now and just buy the 70-300 to try out for awhile.

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Nikon Z6 Nikon AP-F 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 Nikon Z 14-30mm F4
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