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    DPR 70-200 f2.8 VR lens review


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    saw that the other day. v good review for DX, not so good for FX. so not too far away for the 70-200VR update i reckon. 12-18mnths tops.
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    I shot with the 70-200 f/2.8 VR like a week ago on the D3 and it was incredible. Of course I didn't have the advantage of the crop factor, but nothing beats the huge viewfinder that the D3 has coupled with this lens.

    Can't wait to see if Nikon releases this lens with VRII
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    i've heard the opposite actually. there have been a number of shooters who have gone to a d3 and realising that their glass doesnt quite perform as well as it did on dx. with the exception of the really high end glass, (like the 85/1.4, 28-70/2.8, 200/2, 300/2.8 etc), other lens' are struggling to keep up with the d3's performance. hence the massive uptake of the 14-24 and 24-70 2.8's.
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    As much as I would like to see an update to this lens, for the FX people, I fear that this excellent 70-200 will begin to lose value as this version of the lens will likely be discontinued. Not that I'm looking to sell my 70-200 at any time in the near future, but as we can see from this review, the lens is amazing on DX, not that great on FX. So it makes sense for Nikon to step up and update the lens for FX performance.

    One thing to consider is what DPR had to say about the Canon 70-200 IS. They said that the Canon is optimized for full frame and performs poorly on APS-C sensors. My guess is that the updated Nikon 70-200 VR will have this same problem. As a DX shooter, I would rather shoot with this current 70-200 and get crisp and clear shots with it, than "upgrade" the lens for the FX optimized lens and have lesser image quality.

    I only hope that because of this DX vs. FX phenomenon, that this current model does not get discontinued. Only time will tell.
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    On a DX camera the lens is (roughly) 100-300mm focal length equivalent so why would it not make more sense for Nikon to offer a 100-300 f2.8 VR designed for FX so the people upgrading their camera bodies would retain the focal lengths that they are used to.

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    Hi Guys,

    Just spent a day at the Pima Air Museum a couple of weeks ago. Very photogenic place if airplanes are your thing (and they are one of mine).

    After a year with the D80, loving the great hi ISO performance (the 55-200 VR is hard to believe as well). The old Sigma's just keep on going as well. D300 next year...

    So I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.
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    Ha! See, I can change...


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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    On a DX camera the lens is (roughly) 100-300mm focal length equivalent so why would it not make more sense for Nikon to offer a 100-300 f2.8 VR designed for FX so the people upgrading their camera bodies would retain the focal lengths that they are used to.
    wouldnt a 100-300/2.8 lens be heavier and larger ? i think the 70-200 is almsot a staple lens for most pros. i dont think i've ever seen anyone without this lens in one form or another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    wouldnt a 100-300/2.8 lens be heavier and larger ?
    If somebody doesn't say something that is likely to stir emotions and discussion from time to time then this place gets boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm View Post
    So I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.
    Welcome back. I was just wondering what you were doing a couple of days ago, I still look at one of your overhead shots of San Francisco I downed from time to time.
    Did you sell the D70 and is the Sigma you refer to the old faithful 18-125?

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