D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

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david41 Regular Member • Posts: 479
D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?
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Hi guys & gals.. I want to buy a zoom for my new 7100 for general zoomed subjects, and the occasional outdoor sports events.

Aside from the cost differential, I was wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to compare them for picture quality and the possibility of using them with a TC-14.

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david41 OP Regular Member • Posts: 479
Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

Just seen that the 70-300 cannot be used with the TC-14....

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illy
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Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?
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unless you need the extra 100mm i'd go with the 70-200/f4 anyday of the week

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fireplace33
fireplace33 Senior Member • Posts: 1,969
Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

david41 wrote:

Hi guys & gals.. I want to buy a zoom for my new 7100 for general zoomed subjects, and the occasional outdoor sports events.

Aside from the cost differential, I was wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to compare them for picture quality and the possibility of using them with a TC-14.

Hi David,

I have the D7100, 70-300VR and 70-200/F4

for sporting events the faster lens is better, of course, and in this respect the F2.8 version would be even better, but it's bigger, heavier and even more expensive.

I wrote two posts comparing them here

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51198403

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51256267

I am well pleased with the 70-200/F4 !
By the way since it is slightly bigger than my 70-300 and I had to also buy a new camera holster to transport my new gear. (Kata Access PL-A-18) This holster is big enough to carry the 70-200/f4 in a side pocket so I can walkaround with say a 17-50 on the camera and switch over to the 70-200 tele when needed. very convenient.

 fireplace33's gear list:fireplace33's gear list
Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Tokina 11-20mm F2.8 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR Canon PowerShot G15 +16 more
Michael Siemon Regular Member • Posts: 377
Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

david41 wrote:

Just seen that the 70-300 cannot be used with the TC-14....

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David41
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However, it will work with the Kenko Teleplus 1.4x extender...

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herbymel Senior Member • Posts: 5,405
Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

illy wrote:

unless you need the extra 100mm i'd go with the 70-200/f4 anyday of the week

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I'd prefer that set-up as well, and match it with the kenko 1.4 when needed.

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david41 OP Regular Member • Posts: 479
Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

Thanks so much guys.. really appreciate your comments.

Shifting more and more towards the 70-200 f4..

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Jacques Lotter
Jacques Lotter New Member • Posts: 11
Re: D7100 - 70-300 or the new 70-200 f4?

fireplace33 wrote:

david41 wrote:

Hi guys & gals.. I want to buy a zoom for my new 7100 for general zoomed subjects, and the occasional outdoor sports events.

Aside from the cost differential, I was wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to compare them for picture quality and the possibility of using them with a TC-14.

Hi David,

I have the D7100, 70-300VR and 70-200/F4

for sporting events the faster lens is better, of course, and in this respect the F2.8 version would be even better, but it's bigger, heavier and even more expensive.

I wrote two posts comparing them here

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51198403

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51256267

I am well pleased with the 70-200/F4 !
By the way since it is slightly bigger than my 70-300 and I had to also buy a new camera holster to transport my new gear. (Kata Access PL-A-18) This holster is big enough to carry the 70-200/f4 in a side pocket so I can walkaround with say a 17-50 on the camera and switch over to the 70-200 tele when needed. very convenient.

I traded my 70-200 f2.8 VRII in on the f4 version.  I found the f2.8 was getting too heavy running up and down the field when doing school sport photography.  I now use the D7100 with the 70-200 f4 and am more than happy.  I own the 70-300 VR as well - Great lens but maybe a little slow for sports, depending what sport of course.

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Nikon 1 V1 Nikon D7100 Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2 Di II LD IF Macro +5 more
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