I just wanted to say that I got my 70-200 today. I have been struggling with the 18-200 for sports shots. I was of the thinking that it was just me, since I am somewhat new to this. I Just couldn't get the images I wanted. I tried the 70-200 today as soon as I got it and OH MY GOSH! The difference is tremendous. Don't get me wrong, I love the 18-200. It is the perfect all around lens as has been said a million times. The 70-200, however, is a weapon
I bought mine at B&H for this price that someone so kindly linked on another thread...
Yes, I saw the lens at that price and coupled with the rebate I got a sudden and intense case of NAS! My lens will arrive on Monday and I can't wait. After using the 80-200/2.8D which I absolutely loved for the last 8 years, I am looking forward to the upgrade.
The great thing about the 18-200 truly is the "all in one" concept. Given the range covered, it does an exceptional job, in my opinion. It is great for kids shots, zoo pics, school group stuff...things that the 18- comes in handy for where with the 70-200 you start at 70. I was a bit surprised at how much I like it, and now that I have it I wouldn't trade it for anything. It just can't fit the bill for action/sports.
I have been blown away by the 70-200...I CAN NOT WAIT for the next track meet! I had read many of the comments on here about how wonderful the 70-200 was, so when I got it I knew it was gonna be good. As s matter of fact, it is even better
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs
I've had my lens for almost a week now. Phenominal! I love this lens! Lighning fast focus and amazingly sharp glass. I can't wait...in 10 days I am off for the Florida Keys for a week. The lens will get a real workout there.
Seriously though, owning this lens raises the standard on all the other lenses. Very few will be as good or better for under $2k in my opinion. I got it to replace a Sigma 70-300mm and that led me to the path of high-end glass that I can't retreat from.
Obviously it's my favorite lens and I actually use it as a walk-around lens. I don't care if it's big and attracts attention, it's too good to be reserved for select opportunities.
I know what you mean. I thought the move from D70 to D200 would cause a spike in NAS! I bought mine with the 18-200 and it's a fine everyday lens but as soon as I got my first 'proper' glass (a humble 50mm f/1.4) I knew I was in trouble. The 105VR f/2.8 micro followed and now I get a nervous twitch every time the number 2.8 catches my eye... which one next, which one next?
"Mine eyes are made the fool o'er the other senses or else worth all the rest"