70-200 VR II F.2.8 +1.4 TC or 300 f4 which do you recommend Pl help!!!
That would be my choice. I owned both the 70-200 VRI and 300/4 in previous lifetime. That extra reach is nice on the 300/4 and what a sharp lens. It TC's well with a 1.4TC as well. Just my thoughts for what they're worth...
My interest is mainly wild life,birding and landscapes.i shoot with Nikon D300 + nikon 300 f 4+14.tc and 16-85, tokina 11-16 for landscapes
i am seriously considering switching to 70- 200 VR II f2.8 + 1.4 TC instead because
1. better range especially shooting large mammals and large BIF
2.i understand that the IQ of this lens is uperb
Personally I much prefer the images I get with my 70-200 VR II to those produced by my 300mm f/4 AF-S. That being said, I would never consider the 70-200 VR for wildlife or birding. Then again, I'm not to keen on using TC's.
3. VRII is very helpful in my shaking hands
4 i am told that this lens gives great results even with 1.7 TC and the new 2.0 version 3 Tc please advise.
I saw many glowing reviews of the 70-200 VR II with TC 20 III combination which encouraged me to try it out on my own lens. I was sorely disappointed with the results. Don't forget that you are adding many complex glass elements in front of your lens so a performance hit is to be expected (loss of detail, loss of contrast and saturation). You will have to try this combination yourself to decide if that performance loss is acceptable to you.
thanks in advance
These were taken recently with the 2.8 70-200. Obviously large slower type birds. The focus was slowed noticeably by the 1.7x when it was used. Not sure about contrast loss. Sharpness loss was not noticed. I am happy to get wing shots like these even though some in the Nature and Wildlife forum are doing as well or better with the 300mm. These were all hand held Nikon d200.
Having the zoom can make or break the shot sometimes even though you only get a second or less to compose.
My DP gallery currently includes all BIFs
Focal length is a product of distance and magnification. Regardless of the density of the sensor, equivalent is no more a cheat as crop factor... it is NOT true focal magnification. 800mm magnification is what you want optically, not by putting more pixels on target.
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