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70-200 VR vs. 80-400 VR - If you had to have just one..

XAHTEP

Arlington, US
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XAHTEP Registered since 31st Mar 2003
Sat 27-Nov-04 07:21 AM

I'm eyeing both of these lenses as an upgrade to my 70-300 ED, and it seems to me that everyone who has one or the other loves it so much that they'd give up photography rather than go out again without it. It's obviously hard to go wrong with either lens and tempting to think of owning both, except that I can't afford both after this year's enormous photo expenses (D70, 24-120 VR, 12-24 DX, trip to Moab, filters, printing, etc.) and I'm afraid that I'd end up keeping one in the bag and using the other most of the time. I want to have an idea of which one I'd end up using more.

I'm not concerned over which lens is "better," as they're both great. What I want to know is which one you'd choose first, and why.

Does the 80-400 really suck for action photograpy? Is it useless at a baseball game? Can it take a serviceable picture of a bird (or airplane) in flight? Even with the higher ISOs on my D70?

How are the results with a teleconverter with the 70-200 vs. an 80-400 without one? Or are the results one gets with a 70-200 cropped and enlarged good enough?

Does the decreased DOF and bokeh of the 70-200 make it a better choice for nature and travel photos?

If you've got both, which do you use more frequently? What causes you to choose one or the other when you're packing a light kit for shooting? If you've only got one, why did you choose it over the other?

Thanks-
Greg


"...even in the moonlight I get no rest," the Procurator said to himself, gritting his teeth..

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