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  1. #1
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    The 70-200mm f/2.8 VR coming for Christmas...opinions?

    Almost pulled the trigger on the 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-D back for Father's Day, but some budgetary issues caused me to postpone that purchase. So now it's Christmas time and the wife has asked me what I want...and naturally I'm thinking big, looking at the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR.

    Read reviews and customer reports on various sites. Most, if not all say this is a great lens. I'm looking for more feedback. I'm a web designer slash photographer and will use this lens primarily to shoot work related stuff and my kids sporting events. Okay, mainly my kids sporting events

    Who has this lens? Would you recommend? What issues to watch out for? And lastly, where can I get a USA model for the best price? Thanks, D.
    Nikon D700
    Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR
    Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D
    MB-D10
    SB-800 (x2), SU-800
    Canon SD1400IS


    Nikon D300 - for sale
    Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX - for sale
    Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX - for sale

  2. #2
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    I picked mines up here.

    Pros: Everything you've read and probably then some bottom line it's a great lens takes great pictures it's fast quiet.

    Cons: not having one. lol


    You'll enjoy it and once you experience it you'll appreciate that sometimes somethings are just worth it this is one of them.
    I thought about who I am... and realized I was an
    unformed, unreconciled imagery, without "GOD"


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  3. #3
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    It is the flagship lens for this range for Nikon, you will
    not be dissapointed. I usually get my gear from B&H.
    The price will similar from various sellers, if it is much cheaper
    then everyone else, do not buy from them!

    Kids sporting events is a great use of this lens, exactly
    the primary reason I purchased it.
    - Rich

    Nikon: D50, 18-70mm, 50mm, 70-200vr
    Kenko: 12mm, 20mm, 36mm Ext Tubes
    Manfrotto: 486RC2
    Benro: A-327 tripod


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  4. #4
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    I can't comment because Rich hasn't sent his lens over for me to evaluate yet.
    All I can say is that from what I have seen he will have a hard time getting it back once it arrives.

  5. #5
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    I rented one over the summer for 3 weeks. It is everything everyone says; Fast, sharp, great to handle, etc. It was a real bummer when I had to pack it up and send it back.

    If you have the cash, it is the lens to buy. I plan to purchase one in the spring.

    I would absolutely stick with one of the top rated online retailers. Why take a chance with $1700.

    Tony
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    If the results don't agree with the theory, believe the results and invent a new theory...
    Nikon D300, Nikon D80, Nikkor 50mm F1.4, Tamron 17-50 F2.8, Nikkor 70-200 F2.8 AF-S VR, Nikkor 18-135 F3.5-5.6 Kit Lens, SB-800, MB-D10, MB-D80, Manfrotto 679B.

  6. #6
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    I've used this lense.

    Its AWESOME. The VR REALLY works. You can actually see the glass moving around to help stabilize the image. Excellent performance and overall a great lense to have.

    Every pro has one, and there is a reason why...
    Small Town Newspaper Oaf

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  7. #7
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    I don't find myself using my 70-200 VR all that much for day to day stuff. I find I use my 12-24 and 18-50 much more often than the 70-200 VR. It probably has to do with the size of the lens. Its rather long and kind of gets in the way when you need to walk around where there are lots of people. So its definitely not an every day, walk-around lens. At least I don't consider it to be.

    However, if I am taking action shots, my 70-200 is the first lens I grab. It is absolutely amazing for sports. I only shoot sports in the summer, so most of the time my 70-200 is in the bag. Its unfortunate that a lens of this caliber, and price, sits in the bag mostly, but that is not because of its poor quality.

    If you shoot lots of sports and need a very fast focusing, fast aperture, lens then I highly recommend it. But, if you are not in the mood to carry around a 9 inch (13" with a hood) lens in public, then this probably isn't for you. It can get cumbersome at times, and despite its amazing quality, I have been known to put the lens back in the bag and pull out a shorter, more inconspicuous lens if the situation calls for it (ie. crowds of people around, and lots of walking).
    Nikon D300 | MB-D10 | Nikkor 12-24/4 | Nikkor 50/1.8 | Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VRI | Sigma 18-50/2.8 | SB-800 | SB-80DX (x4) | Radiopopper JrX Studio |

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTEC_EATER View Post
    I don't find myself using my 70-200 VR all that much for day to day stuff.
    I guess it depends on what one takes photos of day-to-day.
    Canon G10 - Nikon D3 - Sony P&S - Flickr Account - Non-updated Website

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNB View Post
    I guess it depends on what one takes photos of day-to-day.
    Of course.
    Nikon D300 | MB-D10 | Nikkor 12-24/4 | Nikkor 50/1.8 | Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VRI | Sigma 18-50/2.8 | SB-800 | SB-80DX (x4) | Radiopopper JrX Studio |

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    I mostly shoot people these days and for the most part candids but I find the opposite to be true I rarely use my 18-55 unless I need to go wide and for me that's once in a blue moon. I find that the 70-200mm puts me in the thick of things without having to be on top of the subject or running all over the place...
    I thought about who I am... and realized I was an
    unformed, unreconciled imagery, without "GOD"


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