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Comparison: 70-200 f4 vs f2.8

Clint S

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"RE: Comparison: 70-200 f4 vs f2.8"

Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Mon 07-Jan-13 12:36 AM

Early on I was taught that most quality lenses of the same or similar focal lengths become near equal at f/5.6 and above. The points of having faster glass:

• better/easier focusing ability especially in lower light levels, this remains true with AF but is becoming less so with the newer camera bodies

• get quicker shutter speeds when shooting at wider apertures. This is necessary when photographing moving subjects such as sports or plays, the alternative is to add flash

• are able to use more of the available light before having to add light

• provides more control over depth of field

• provides more bokeh as you open the aperture up

• ability to use slower ASA/ISO speeds

The negative factors of having faster glass, and the more extreme you go; the more expensive the lens, the larger the lens, and the more weight.

While VR is often touted, VR will not:
• not help your camera focus any better in low light levels
• stop action any better
• provide you more bokeh

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