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Zoom lens decision


Bloomington, US
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tamugin Registered since 21st Oct 2003
Fri 30-Apr-04 05:31 PM

Greetings! I'm looking for some opinions (prefereably informed ) on replacing my lenses. I currently have a Sigma 28-105 f/2.8-4D and a Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6G. I bought these when I had my N60 body and they were fine and dandy. Since trading in the N60 for an F4s; I'm really feeling the limitation of the 70-300 (sans aperture ring) and wouldn't mind dumping the Sigma if it'll help me info another Nikkor.

So; I'm deciding to sell these lenses and purchase one Nikkor to start fresh. I've usually favored the longer lens range, so I'm looking at either the; 80-200 f/2.8 macro or the 70-210 f/4 macro (both non-D).

Both of these lenses are findable at reasonable prices; but there is a price difference, of course. So I'm looking to compare the two to see if the price difference is justifyable.

1. Both have a constant aperture

2. The 80-200 is one stop faster than the 70-210 - Is this a really big deal for most situations? As a general usage lens, will one stop make or break the shots (sometimes it will, but will it most of the time)?

3. Both are macro

4. The 80-200 has a small aperture of f/22; the 70-210 has a small aperture of f/32. The f/32 would be nice for sunny days when shooting landscapes and such; valuable overall??

5. The 80-200 is larger and heavier than the 70-210.

Is there more information I should have for decision making purposes? Do people have opinions on lens choice between these two?

Thank you all in advance!

Chris in Indiana