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Old debate, new twist: 300 f4 or 70-200 f2.8VR1

bretster

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bretster Registered since 11th Mar 2013
Tue 12-Mar-13 10:41 PM

I know this has been brought up many times and in many places but after reading numerous posts and reviews I could still use advice on which lens to choose.

Equipment:
d5100, d50 (likley selling), 18-55 non VR, 55-200 VR, 18-200VR1, 35 f1.8

Experience:
Middle of the pack amateur. I have taken lots of decent photos but have lots to learn.

Primary camera use:
Landscape, wildlife and macro (sometimes botanize at work).

What do I want this lens to do for me?
Primarily wildlife. Birds, but at this point not a lot of BIF.
Needs to be sharp and I like to travel light since I would use this for vacations and at work. I have taken some decent photos with 18-200 VR1 but want to get in a little closer.

I have narrowed my choices to the 300 f4 with tc14-eII or the 70-200 f2.8 with tc17-eII. Both have pros and cons. If I buy the 300 f4 I would keep the 18-200 VR1, if I buy the 70-200 f2.8 I would sell it and use the 18-55 for closer work. I was hoping that some of you with similar gear needs could share your experiences with these lenses and help in my decision making. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Bret

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