I ordered a new nikon 70-200 f4 lens and the seller has sent me the 2.8 version at no extra cost.
Would you keep the 2.8 or send it back for the f4? The reason I ordered the f4 was the fact that a lot of people were complaining about the weight and handholding and never having held or seen the 2.8 version, I thought I might have the same problem, but after handling it, I don't think it would be an issue for me. So, can I ask for some opinions please?
Honestly, I would assume it is a mistake and contact the dealer. It is their mistake so they should pay for shipping the lens back and send you the other. Nothing like having a clear conscience in these situations.
Now if they say it's their mistake and let you keep it then great!
Sounds to me like a test question at an integrity course. If you've decided you like the lens they sent, contact the dealer, tell them about their mistake and offer to pay the additional cost for the lens. If you decide you don't want to pay the difference or really wanted the f/4 lens, then send it back. The unacceptable option, IMO, is keeping the costlier lens and saying nothing. Regarding the pure question of the f/2.8 or the f/4 lens, I've never shot with the f/4 lens, but I do have the 70-200 f/2.8. It is a fantastic lens that I would not consider giving up.
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Sorry Folks, I should have made it clear that the seller is aware of the mistake and there's no problem in that regard. I wouldn't even think about keeping the lens and not informing the seller, as that would be dishonest to say the least. The only issue is whether the f4 was a better lens from the sharpness aspect as I have never seen any images from it in reality?
I would assume the f2.8 is probably a refurbished item or used. I doubt the seller would just give away the difference so easily. As to which one to keep, I'ld say live with the f2.8 for a while and decide if you need a lighter/smaller lens.
An honest approach had already been discussed, so no need to comment on that.
I have the newer 2.8 version. I love using it for sports. I shoot wide open to get the fastest action shot possible. Plus, I get a little more subject isolation than I would at F4.
Yes, the lens is somewhat heavy, but the IQ is superb. When using the lens handheld, I mount it to my Black Rapid to take the weight off of the hands and arms in between shots which helps a lot. If the 2.8 version is manageable for you (size and weight) I also agree it would be worth trying.
It's totally legitimate and a brand new VR 2 version. Here in GB the difference in price between the f4 and 2.8 VR2 is approx £450. We had a dispute with the carrier company as they lost the parcel and it was two weeks late on delivery. I maybe 'jumped the gun' somewhat, threatening legal action, as he wasn't prepared to refund or replace until the parcel was located, but thankfully it turned up of it's own accord and he said that, due to the long delay and the cost of phone calls I had made to the carrier company, he would let me have it at no extra cost (if I wanted) as a form of compensation.
Har1, see the thread I started comparing these two lenses.
I am assuming that this is not a money decision since the sender realizes the mistake and you will pay the appropriate price for either lens.
The answer as to which lens is best for you is entirely dependent on your type of photography. I concluded, comparing the lenses, that in most light situations the images are indistinguishable. Only in low light with moving subjects does the 2.8 provide a real advantage. Others may disagree, but that is my conclusion from testing them side-by-side. For most situations I would prefer to have the lighter weight. I will carry it more often and use it more often.
Thanks to all who contributed - the main consensus of opinion is that I should keep the 2.8 rather than going with the f4 and whilst the 2.8 is indeed a heavy lens, I don't think the weight will be a problem for me and in addition, one can 'feel' the quality of this lens.
Interesting situation! I think your decision should be made while ignoring what you paid for that f2.8 lens. What is most important is what kind of photography you plan and if the size and weight will make you leave it behind. As an aside I love my 70-200mm f2.8VR2 including shooting it wide open for maximum subject isolation. Peter
I happen to be at a good camera shop today in Sacramento California, and was eyeing the 70-200/2.4...my credit card was calling to me...buy it...but it...I left fast...the boss would have killed me on the spot when I got home...most likely beat me to death with it then sold it here!
For me the decision would be an easy one because I want to purchase the new f/4 version, and I neither need nor want the f/2.8. And, yes, I also think there is a serious ethical issue involved. I mention my likes/dislikes first as a way of noting that I don't mean to present myself as particularly virtuous. Dennis
I have never audition the f/4 version but I own the 2.8VRII lens and if it were me, I would keep it just as long as there is no unethical practices taking place. Side note: you may find that with your shooting style that the 2.8 may be a bit overkill and coupled with the extra weight may not be the right fit for you.