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Is this an upgrade?


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Tue 08-Jan-13 01:52 PM

I have the the 80-200/2.8 AFS. I also have the 80-200/2.8 AFD two ring. I have never used either version of the 70-200/2.8 AFS VR.

I've used both my 80-200s for a lot of landscape, other nature, college ice hockey and high school football. I've done this with both DX (D300) and FX (D4 & D800e). The landscape and other nature work has been almost completely from a tripod in the middle aperture ranges. The sports shots have been handheld or from a monopod wide open with shutter speeds of 1/500 or faster.

I've found the AFS 80-200 is slightly sharper than the non AFS version. The 80-200 AFS gives me very sharp landscape images from the D800e, even when I print them at 12x18 inches and above. For my shooting style I don't need VR as my low shutter speed shots are from a tripod and my sports shots are at shutter speeds that make VR unimportant. I've never found any reason to upgrade to the 70-200/2.8.

The only upgrade I've considered is the Sigma 120-300/2.8 to give me a little more range for football.

For landscape shooting I would get the new 70-200 f/4 VR Nikkor instead of the f/2.8. I doubt you would miss the extra stop and you would have a smaller lens that would be much more comfortable to handhold.

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A general, generic topic Is this an upgrade? [View all] , SonjaM Silver Member , Tue 08-Jan-13 10:51 AM
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