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Advice Needed For 80-200 f2.8 Lens

richlewt

UK
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richlewt Registered since 24th Oct 2012
Sun 11-Nov-12 08:53 AM

Hi
I currently own a D7000 and my main interest is in sports photography. At the moment I am using a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II
which is ok but struggles a bit in low light.
I have started to do a bit of research into a 80-200 f2.8 zoom lens but have been hit with a load of models. These being:
80-200 f2.8 AI ED
80-200 f2.8 AI-S ED
80-200 f2.8 AI EF
80-200 f2.8 D IF-ED AF-S.
70-200 f2.8 G IF-ED VR AF-S

I know that most of these are discontinued but may be available ex-stock or secondhand. My budget wont stretch to the latest 70-200 f2.8 G IF-ED VR AF-S. I have read several times that some photographers turn off VR if shooting above say 500th, so having a non VR lens may not be an issue.
I would welcome any help or comments with what you feel about any of the above and whether you feel it worth paying a premium for VR?

Cheers
Rich

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