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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II: How did you justify?

Bob32

Chico, US
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Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jul 2007
Sun 20-Dec-09 03:40 PM

The new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S zoom is undoubtedly a great performer, but I am wondering how any of you that own one justified the cost of $2,400. If I were a professional photographer (I'm not) or had 30 or 40 years remaining in my lifespan (I don't) I might be able to convince myself to buy one, but at $2,400 I find it extremely difficult to part with the cash necessary to acquire one of these jewels. I have the required funds and don't have a spouse who could exercise veto power over any plan I had to purchase one, but I still find myself constitutionally incapable of spending $2,400 for a lens.

At the present time I am using a 70-300 VR zoom which works well under daylight conditions but is lacking when it comes to low-light situations.

So what was the mental process that convinced you to buy the 70-200? Was it intense desire to attain photographic excellence? Ego trip? Keeping up with fellow Nikonians? Wealthy enough that $2,400 is no big deal? Or something else? I'm curious to know, because one of you may be able to offer a reason that I can use to change my mind about acquiring one of these lenses. Needless to say, however, that it will still be a tough sell!

Another question. Did any of you 70-200 owners find it necessary to take weight training in order to endure lugging one of these beasts around for several hours? (I'm a senior citizen and prefer to travel light).

Last question: Do any of you regret buying the 70-200? if so, why?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this issue.

Bob

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