Zoom Lens for my F4s - Help me decide!
My next intended purchase for my F4s is a telephoto zoom lens. Going to my local store I have narrowed it down to two:
(1) Nikon 80-200 AF f2.8 ED
- This lens sells for ~$950 used
(2) Nikon 70-300 AF f/4-5.6D ED
- This sells for ~$370 brand new in box
First off money is not an object for me since regarding these two - both are in price ranges within my budget.
The f2.8 is a beast...I found it heavy (no surprise) and do not really look forward to carrying it on my day long photo trips and such..I am not a professional or even a serious amateur...Just a hobbyist with a love for snapping pictures...The f4 was smaller and lighter which I found to be a nice advantage...It also goes to 300mm..So there is a bit of extra coverage
But will the f4 produce acceptable image quality...I use colour negative film mostly with only the occasional 5X7 or larger prints...
Can anyone with experience with both provide some input...Is this really a quality vs convenience decision....?
Thanks in advance.
#1. "RE: Zoom Lens for my F4s - Help me decide!" | In response to Reply # 0mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Tue 02-Oct-07 01:24 AM
I can't say anything about the 80-200, but I do have the 70-300mm and I have always been pleased with the results when using it, as long as I used at least 1/250 hand held. In some light that can be a challenge.
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#2. "RE: Zoom Lens for my F4s - Help me decide!" | In response to Reply # 0Kilted_F3_nut Nikonian since 29th Jun 2004Tue 02-Oct-07 03:26 AM
Both are nice lenses. The 70-300, if it feels right to you, go for it. If not, then get the 80-200.
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#3. "RE: Zoom Lens for my F4s - Help me decide!" | In response to Reply # 0gary early Registered since 26th Nov 2005Tue 02-Oct-07 11:21 AM
When I faced this choice, I also considered the older model Nikon 75-300 zoom. I bought one from this guy, who currently has one listed. Ken Rockwell also has a review of it on his site (and he also recommended it FWIW).
I have used this lens on my F5 and F6, and it is a tank. Good results, too. Tripod mount is handy--I can use it on a monopod and shoot horizontal or vertical without a head attached.