Nikon 70-200 f/4 for profesional results?

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Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
Nikon 70-200 f/4 for profesional results?

I have never used any 70-200 2,8 lens just because of their weight.
Having a look at the new Nikon 70-200 2,8 S for the mirrorless line, i realized that even this lens is almost 1,5 kilo. That means we will never probably see a lightweight 70-200 2,8 lens in the future.
So actually the only option for me is the Nikon 70-200 f/4.(i am not interested in any third party lenses)
My question is:
judging just from its optical quality, would you consider the Nikon 70-200 f/4 a professional lens?
Does its quality match the optical quality of the other 70-200 2,8 Nikon lenses?

romfordbluenose Veteran Member • Posts: 4,907
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The 70-300 afp vr is a great lens and not much slower. I prefer it over the f4.

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David Lal Forum Pro • Posts: 12,160
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Robert 23 wrote:
My question is:
judging just from its optical quality, would you consider the Nikon 70-200 f/4 a professional lens?

I have long lusted after the Nik 70-200/F4 [but I still do not have the money ] and it is one of the few zoom lenses I have seen giving acceptable [though not optimal] results with a mild teleconverter.

Personally, I never use any lens wide open so the absence of an F2.8 aperture is no impediment to me and even the F4 I would close down a notch or two.

If you can afford it get it - maybe a lightly-used, dealer-warrantied secondhand one?

Pete Silver
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I've used the 70-200 f4 lens in my professional work and I'm really pleased with it. Never used the f2.8 version so I can't comment on that.

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OP Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
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Does it work properly with your D800? I have a D800e.

romfordbluenose Veteran Member • Posts: 4,907
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Robert 23 wrote:

Does it work properly with your D800? I have a D800e.

Yes it works fine with the necessary firmware upgrade. It's now done 2 safaris plus lots more.

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OP Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
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Great! Thanks a lot
Any chance of posting any link with some shots with this combination (D800 +70-300)?

a_c_skinner Veteran Member • Posts: 9,901
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It is a very good lens; one of the few I truly regret selling when I left Nikon (D800).

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The Nikon 70=200 f4 lens is excellent.  Sharp wide open and fast to focus and well built.  It is definitely a 'pro' lens.  Pro build quality.

It is actually sharper than the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR I

I loved my f4 for the very small size (very thin around), and it is almost exactly half the weight of the 2.8.

I also found it great with the 1.4 x TC.

Sadly, I never used it after getting the newest Nikon 70-200 E FL lens, so I sold it.

Don't hesitate to buy this lens.  You'll love it.

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romfordbluenose Veteran Member • Posts: 4,907
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Robert 23 wrote:

Great! Thanks a lot
Any chance of posting any link with some shots with this combination (D800 +70-300)?

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OP Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
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Great shot!!! Thanks a lot...
Tbh I am afraid of a bad copy of this lens..what do you think about?

Terry Reis
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Been using the 70-200 f4 for a few years now. Very happy with it on FX and DX bodies. OK with 1.4 TC.

Keeping myself amused during lockdown shot flowers and birds in my garden. mostly used the 70-200 for the flowers. I also use and highly rate the 70-300mm mentioned earlier in this thread.

https://terryreis.smugmug.com/Garden-Spring-2020

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OP Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
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Thanks, Terry
i am also considering the 70-300. What are your thoughts regarding the optical quality of the 70-300 comparing to 70-200?
As i previously wrote i am afraid of the possibility of a bad copy of the 70-300 af-p

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Robert 23 wrote:

Thanks, Terry
i am also considering the 70-300. What are your thoughts regarding the optical quality of the 70-300 comparing to 70-200?
As i previously wrote i am afraid of the possibility of a bad copy of the 70-300 af-p

Can only speak for my copy, which I am happy with. As it is such a bargain I would suggest it is not a big risk.

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romfordbluenose Veteran Member • Posts: 4,907
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Robert 23 wrote:

Great shot!!! Thanks a lot...
Tbh I am afraid of a bad copy of this lens..what do you think about?

I've never sent a lens back due to it being a bad copy. So maybe I've been lucky over the past 40 years.

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OP Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
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Οκ i see.
Personally i sent 3 times back the 24-120 f/4 and after that, i came to the conclusion:
The cheapest the lens the bigger the risk of a bad copy.
I might be wrong but that's my experience so far..

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I'm not sure what your intended use for the lens is, but my feeling is that the f4 lens isn't very good value for money against the 70-200/2.8. Particularly for events, every stop matters because it means that your ISO isn't being over-strained - it's popular with pros for a reason. The weight and size of the 2.8 is what it is for the purpose. I think the f4's expensive for what it is, the Nikon version at any rate.

If you wanted to try an incredible value lens ($100), the old 70-210/4-5.6 AF-D is a great performer. If I needed to do low-light no-flash events, I'd stump up for the 70-200/2.8 and keep it as a lightweight alternative.

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OP Robert 23 Regular Member • Posts: 120
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I don't do low light events so i don't need the 2,8 but I still need decent quality results from my lenses.
I tried once the 70-210 f/4 and i didn't like the results.I suppose i would have the same experience with its cheaper version.
As i previously mentioned  the weight for me is a crucial factor so any 70-200 2,8 is not my case.

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Robert 23 wrote:

I don't do low light events so i don't need the 2,8 but I still need decent quality results from my lenses.
I tried once the 70-210 f/4 and i didn't like the results.I suppose i would have the same experience with its cheaper version.
As i previously mentioned the weight for me is a crucial factor so any 70-200 2,8 is not my case.

The 70-200 f4 is well above decent.  Professional results will be more about your skill than differences in the f4 or f2.8

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Robert 23 wrote:

I have never used any 70-200 2,8 lens just because of their weight.
Having a look at the new Nikon 70-200 2,8 S for the mirrorless line, i realized that even this lens is almost 1,5 kilo. That means we will never probably see a lightweight 70-200 2,8 lens in the future.
So actually the only option for me is the Nikon 70-200 f/4.(i am not interested in any third party lenses)
My question is:
judging just from its optical quality, would you consider the Nikon 70-200 f/4 a professional lens?
Does its quality match the optical quality of the other 70-200 2,8 Nikon lenses?

70 200 f4 for portraits. It’s a super lens. 70 300 general use. Also excellent. Can’t go wrong. 2.8 too heavy. Try doing a portrait session with it and you’ll see why you need VR!

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