Think of buying the new 80-400. I have the 70-200 2.8 and love it. Shooting D4. (but not a professional) When using the 70-200 I am usually outdoors so light is normally not an issue. Trying to decide if I should sell the 70-200 or not. Since I lose 2 stops on the 80-400 if I do get into low light situations can I just go to higher ISO and get reasonable close IQ as with 70-200? Do not want to use teleconverter as IQ does go down. Thanks for any help or advice.
I just received my 80-400. I have only tested it a bit so far, but for daylight outdoor sports and wildlife, I think it will be great. I too have the 70-200 f/2.8, which I plan to keep for lower light situations.
So far, I don't think the 80-400 will suit me for low light. But I am shooting a D800. With a D4, you might be able to get away with it.
if you have to keep one lens only, I will suggest 70-200 f/2.8. If you can spare some money for the AFS 80-400, it is a great lens for outdoor. You can refer to my recent post in Nikonians for some of my comment.
I've got both the 70-200 f2.8 VRII and the 80-400 AF-S. The 70-200 is excellent for indoor under low light condition such as church wedding. On the other hand, I use the 80-400 for outdoor with good light, such as BIF. It's all depend on the shooting environment. If you are replacing the 70-200 with the 80-400, you miss the point of owning the 80-400.
I agree with Albert This should not be a choice of one or the other Each lens has different abilitys There is just no way to replace the 70-200F2.8 VRII with its QA and low light ability Than with the versatility for owning the new 80-400 this is a redesign with great sharpness for a zoom of this size I own both and would not give up eather one of them each has a job Jeff
I had the chance to put the new 80-400 through its paces for my intended use, which is outdoor daytime kids sports. It was really impressive compared to my 70-200 VRII with TC. Sharp, effective VR, and focused fast and accurately. The only shots I missed were my fault.
I'd like to try it for wildlife, but in the inner city I am somewhat limited. I will have to wait for a chance.