#1. "RE: 70-200 or 80-200" | In response to Reply # 0vettelover Registered since 23rd Jun 2004Sun 26-Dec-04 02:01 PM
Depends on what you shoot. If you want the lens for it's speed, the VR will give you a couple of extra stops handheld. The VR lens also focuses very quickly and has great bokeh. If you always use a tripod, you may as well save your $$.
#2. "RE: 70-200 or 80-200" | In response to Reply # 1buzzjoy Registered since 31st Jul 2004Sun 26-Dec-04 02:37 PM
I faced the same decision and went with the VR, and I love it. I took a handheld shot of our cat yesterday morning inside the house at full zoom. It is not just sharp, but the whiskers and eye details stay sharp well beyond 100% viewing, still really good at 400%! This is a new experience for me, since most shots begin to lose definition before I reach 100% and all quickly deteriorate beyond 100%.
The other factor that helped me decide was the issue of will you be satisfied for life without the VR? I decided that if I did go with the 80-200 that I would probably be second guessing myslef for years to come, and would probably end up buying both and selling one later. So I saved the hassle and bought my dream lens right away. If money is no issue, then I can't recommend it more highly.
My only caveat is: this is a BIG HEAVY lens. Right now I am captivated by its new capabilities and will take it everywhere, but it would be a tough companion on a long road trip. It also does not fit in my current bag, so there is another expense coming up. Ah, NAS ...
Have fun, buzz
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#4. "RE: 70-200 or 80-200" | In response to Reply # 3pookiejones Registered since 24th Nov 2004Sun 26-Dec-04 06:56 PM
I use to use the 80-200 2.8 until it was stolen. I replaced it with the 70-200 VR about a week ago. I think the 70-200 VR focuses much quicker. Physically it is a little longer, which made me rework the dividers in my bag. They are both heavy so I don't know if there is a big difference between them. So far I am thrilled with the 70-200 and think it is well worth the extra money.