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Old 04-13-2009, 12:03 AM
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F2.8 vs vr

Hi..all sifu sifu and guru guru. Confusing to choose between nikor 80-200 F2.8 and 70-300 VR f4 - f5.6. which one is the best..?? i like to shot fast action and sometime candid. Mostly Sport action.

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Old 04-13-2009, 12:20 AM
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Hi..all sifu sifu and guru guru. Confusing to choose between nikor 80-200 F2.8 and 70-300 VR f4 - f5.6. which one is the best..?? i like to shot fast action and sometime candid. Mostly Sport action.

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u mean 70-300VR 4.5-5.6?

for fast action shots, f2.8 can obtain faster shutter speed that prevent motion blur pictures, VR couldn't help to freeze the object when require high shutter speed to shoot, VR just to prevent hand shake.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:26 AM
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I would prefer 80-200, but it depends on your needs. sometime 200 is not enough. Since you take sport action, f4-5.6 at outdoor should be fine.
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:54 PM
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They are different, I went for 70-300mm VR. Depends what you want.
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Old 04-14-2009, 11:18 PM
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70-300 f4-5.6 is not fast enough....dont you think?
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i'll go for 80-200mm. its fast,accurate n sharp..
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:48 AM
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get the 80-200 f/2.8 period
but must exercise ur muscle a bit since it's a bit heavy
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:21 PM
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get the 80-200 f/2.8 period
but must exercise ur muscle a bit since it's a bit heavy
Yes, get the 2.8, you won't regret it. How so?! Well, f/2.8 is sort of the "cut-off point" for ease-of-use (enough light for focusing, great DOF for subject isolation) when shooting action sports. The 4.5-5.6 might give you more "reach" at the 300mm end of the zoom, but you're going to be at a MUCH MUCH SMALLER APERTURE than you realize, which might make fast focusing problematic ("focus hunting") say at an indoor basketball court. The lack of the last 100mm at the long end can sometimes be compensated for by giving up on certain types of shots, but moving in (with your feet!) for some excellent close-up type action shots, but the reduced light throughput at f/5 or f/5.6 is something that will irritate you no end eventually. VR is no substitute for the 2.8 when shooting sports. For candids, though, you might be thoroughly satisfied with the 70-300. As for the muscle part of it ... get yourself a simple monopod!
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:43 PM
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I will take 2.8 over VR any time.

but i am a large aperture freak.. wahaha...
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:15 PM
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I have a 80-200 f2.8 AFS, its an excellent lens all round.

Just that its darn heavy.
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