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Apr 9, 2019 08:32:11   #
nikonuser750
 
Wrench wrote:
Looking for input. I cannot justify all the money for a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 lens. I’m not a pro nor close to that level however I am fussy if you will over quality. I also push myself to produce the best I am capable of regardless of whether it’s work or fun. Also after 40 years in the automotive industry I also have a tendency to favor OEM products. That said, because of what I like to photograph, nature or birds etc., I find myself out in early morning or late evening hours when light is hard to come by. So, I have been watching reviews for Sigma’s new 70-200 sport lens but also really like the older Nikon 80-200 af-d. I also would like to hear from anyone who has used the Nikon f4 version of 70-200 range. I am currently shooting with a D7200 but also watching the prices for an upgrade, possibly a D500 or even a D750 replacement. I’m concentrating on glass as it will be useable with or when I upgrade the body.
Looking for input. I cannot justify all the money ... (show quote)


I'm with you. Nothing has worked as well for me as Nikon lenses. Stick with them and you won't be sorry. 200mm seems a bit short to me for BIF but I don't shoot BIF so what do I know? As much as I love my D750, especially for its low light capabilities, again I understand that DX is normally better for BIF than an FX camera. You might be better off putting your money on the best lens and keeping your D7200. Don't forget the deals on used and refurbished lenses that have been mentioned.

Good luck.

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Apr 9, 2019 09:45:55   #
bentvalve
 
I am a new member but long time picture taker. I was using a 80-200 2.8 ED until recently for wild life, mostly deer and an occasional song bird. I bought a 200-500 this winter and have been getting very sharp photos with my D7100 and this lens. If looking for a birding lens you should look at this over a 70-200 2.8 for the increase in reach. The lens is very sharp wide open and the f5.6 hasn't hindered me very much, although it may be a bit slow on Deer. Time and season will tell.
Bent

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Apr 9, 2019 21:08:56   #
LWW (a regular here)
 
dubyacee wrote:
First, if you do some research, you might discover as I did that moving up to a D7500 or even a D500 is a very small incremental gain from the D7200. The advice to spend your money on better glass is a better bet, in my opinion. Also, gaining one stop for a lens with the advanced ISO of todays cameras is not worth the cost to me. I have a D7200, Nikon 200-500 and Nikon 70-200 2.8 (bought used) as well as others. For birding, the 200-500 has provided me with some great photos and I seldom use the 70-200, except for portraits and usually well above 2.8. Unless you are a pro and making large prints, there are some good older lenses that work well. All this being said, I am only an amateur hobbiest photographer but can afford pretty much whatever gear I might want. I constantly research both cameras and lenses for comparisons and am quite happy for now with what I have. When it no longer does what I want, I'll move up a notch.
First, if you do some research, you might discover... (show quote)


The one stop isn’t because of limited ISO as in film days, the one stop is for the *POP* of shallow DOF.

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