I am thinking about getting a 70-200 v1 or v2 (or even an 80-200) to go with my D7000. It'll totally be for my photography hobby - taking pictures of my young family indoors and outdoors and at some point, sports and indoor concerts. Portraits as well.
I current have a 24-70, 35 1.8, 50 1.4, and tokina 11-16. I tend to shoot wide open or close to it, too.
I know the 70-200 2.8 is excellent, but the size is bit overwhelming for me. The f4 version would be the perfect size and I like its sharpness.
Would I be lying to myself if I thought the f4 would work well enough on my D7000 in indoor lowish light situations? I don't have any lenses with VR so I'm not sure how much that will help compensate for the loss of 1 stop.
Do you normally use flash when shooting indoors? If so, the f/4 lens will probably be just fine.
If you are asking about shooting with just available light, my first thought is that in order to maintain a high enough shutter speed so that your subjects are not blurred (people, and especially kids, often move) you will have to double the ISO with an f/4 lens compared to an f/2.8 lens. To find out if you can live with the higher ISO settings, use your current lenses indoors at f/4. How high do you have to set the ISO to maintain an adequate shutter speed? Is the noise performance OK to you?
VR will help considerably (somewhere from about 2 to 4 stops, depending on the individual), but only for static subjects in the image. It will not help at all if there is any movement of your subjects.
I use auto-iso and go up to 1600 max. Shutter speed i usually at 1/100 to be safe.
I tend not to shoot at f4 indoors because my shutter speed goes too low. What I don't understand is if VR will help me since I don't have any lenses with VR. I'm guessing no because I tend to shoot people.
The whole concert thing is new to me.
The other option I've been toying with is getting a prime. I'll probably buy an 85 1.8 at some point, but I'm not sure it'll be long enough for tele use. A 105 or 135 is another interesting option. However, I've found that zoom makes my life a lot easier when I'm trying to chase my kids.
I'd recommend getting the faster lens. F4 "may" work, but when it doesn't - you'll be missing shots. I wouldn't count on VR to save the day for moving subjects, instead just enough to remove your camera movement during slow shutters.
Maybe a better option would be to rent a 70-200 2.8 or 80-200 2.8 at local camera shop? try it before buying one!
Fast glass is heavy and expensive - but if you take care of your gear it will last through several bodies and almost always hold value when you want to upgrade! Buy the best you can afford and are willing to carry. Having it in the closet doesn't help you when you need it!
The good news is that you have an up-to-date camera with good high ISO characteristics, so going another stop up shouldn't make or break most of your photos. There will be times you will find yourself wishing for that extra stop back, but that's the nature of the game. Stage and Concert shooting is not for the faint of heart, and neither is it light on the wallet! I can only add that for those times where you do have a pretty good fixed position relative to the stage or action, an 85/1.8 is a very useful intermediate focal length to have in your collection for when it's really really dim. Get a used one to save some bucks.
Excellent high ISO performance is a wonderful thing — and I shoot with the D3s and D800e and go to ISO 6400 without batting an eye.
That said, when shooting indoors — especially if there may be some subject movement (I shoot theatre) I want the high ISO performance and f/2.8 or better. ANd don't forget, the viewfinder is that much darker.
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It depends on what you will be shooting. If you plan on shooting indoor sports in H.S. or even worse K-8 Gyms that usually have about the same ambient light level as a dungeon you will find one of the f/2.8 lenses much more useful. I shoot a D3s, D3, D800E, and D700 and would not consider the 70-200mm f/4 for indoor sports.
If you worry about the weight of the 70-200mm f/2.8G VRII, well, that depends on your physical condition, I guess.
The 1st day I tried to carry that lens around, my arms were sored. Then gradually, I carried it all around the world literally without feeling it overwhelming any more. These days, I won't even think twice about bringing it & hopping on the plane & handholding it all day long. I am in my 30's and kind of out of shape, though at one point I was a competitive full contact fighter & benched 300lbs.
Point being, if you are in reasonable shape, you will gradually build up your "endurance" handholding this lens all day long. Trying it for one day though, may just scares you away from its weight.
This is also on my want list with my D600 I keep running into the depth of field issue. The FX format is supposed to cause a 1 stop depth of field penalty but not sure the trade-off (bump up the iso 1 stop) to compensate works.