I'm considering my next lens purchase.
I'd love the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II , but the wallet won't stand the $2200+ tag.
I saw a number of them on the market used last year, but it seems like the first mad rush to full frame is over and a lot of the
early activity in lens replacements is over - I just haven't seen nearly as many used for sale.
I'm looking at the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF.
I might consider the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG Macro.
Perhaps the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR
but I have an old kit 70-300 4.5-5.6, and I think I "need" (want?) the f2.8 for speed and perhaps ability to isolate subject.
Pros & Cons:
With the price difference in the range of $300 between Nikon 80-200 and Sigma, I could get a teleconverter plus the Sigma.
Ratings on the Nikon 80-200 are highest. (ratings from here > http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/31
Nikon 80-200 looks like a circa. 1997 lens - maybe this isn't a 'con' but is this long in the tooth for a lens design?
Ratings on the Nikon 70-300 vr are almost as high as the Sigma
I could get the Nikon 70-300 + teleconverter and still have money left over (replace heavy aluminum tripod?)
The vr would give me the speed, but not the aperture.
The 70-300 Nikon optics ratings a good bit lower than the 2.8
And though Ihave low quality kit lens without vr, I already have exactly that range
I imagine that optical quality degrade quite a bit with both the lesser lens and tc.
I shoot mostly landscapes, some sports photography, very little wildlife, birds, etc. - but would probably do more if had equipment to do it
From my posts here, you can get an idea of what I like to shoot.
And - this is hobby, not career.
I've prioritized my goals, not just for this lens but for future purchases too. I've labelled first as 1 & 2, but first two are roughly tied, and #4 and #5 are roughly tied.
1) improved optics over the lenses I currently have for the type of shooting I currently do
2) extend my shooting opportunities for action and or low-light photography
3) extend shooting range -distances - to macro level (perhaps Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor)
4) extend shooting range - distance - longer telephoto
5) extend shooting range - wide angle - perhaps 10-24 or 12-24 range
Plan (likely multi-year)
1) Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF
2) Nikon 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
3) Nikon 2X AF-S TC-20E III
4) 10-24 or 12-24 wide angle.
What lens do you think I would find most useful, and be happiest with - as the NEXT lens?
Would you take the proposed path above, or go in a different direction?
Experience with the Nikon 80-200?
What about adding TC to this lens? Probably wouldn't use for sports this way, so I could handle the extra 2 stops if optics ok.
What should I consider that I didn't remember or know enough to ask?
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