>I don't have nor unlikely will ever have this lens (cost) but >I am planning to get an 80-200 f2.8 AF-D two ring and that is >a heavy lens. I had it before. I don't get why you want to get >rid of a quality pro lens. Like anything in life, you make >adjustments. I plan to find a way to comfortably carry and use >my heavy lens. I have a bad back, so I understand having to >tote a heavy lens. But to me it is worth putting thought and >effort into developing a sensible carry solution. > >Just my 2 cents worth. I feel you will regret getting rid of >it as I have regretted getting rid of my two ring. Spare >yourself the pain!
Hey George, I've already thought about all that, I also feel I will regret getting rid of it. I really really like it I terms of IQ. But let me give you another view. I don't shoot just for fun. Half of my shots are family photos. For example, I went the other day with my son (1y4m) at a huge playground which was heavily Xmas themed. It was out of the question for me to carry the 24-70 in there (lots of people plus keeping an eye on a constantly running little devil). I used the 85 instead, which did a pretty decent job considering the FL limitations. I would have used the 24-85 if that was my mid zoom. Now, owning TWO zooms with the same length coverage, while owning a total of 4 lenses, now that would be a world's first, wouldn't it?