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Jun 20, 2023 18:31:55   #
sudamar Loc: Southern Indiana
 
I shoot with the 80-200 but have been thinking of trading up to the 70-200. Would I see a difference in sharpness, or are they the same. What would be the advantage of the 70-200 over the 80-200. Thanks.

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Jun 20, 2023 18:53:13   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
sudamar wrote:
I shoot with the 80-200 but have been thinking of trading up to the 70-200. Would I see a difference in sharpness, or are they the same. What would be the advantage of the 70-200 over the 80-200. Thanks.


You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and frustration, if you were to instead present some current JPEG results from the 80-200mm. Reading your prior post and looking at some of your other images, your shooting technique would appear to be the opportunity for improvement rather than throwing more money into equipment. Asking for help on your images with current equipment is free, just store unedited JPEGs with the original EXIF intact.

If you let the UHH community spend your money, nothing you have will ever be good enough to their standards. Digital cameras are plenty good enough now, especially anything released since the resolution standard reached 24MP across the industry, such as your D750. You should be achieving awesome results with this camera and the 80-200 lens.



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Jun 20, 2023 19:34:41   #
jlocke Loc: Austin, TX
 
I doubt you'll see any difference in sharpness. Depending on what you shoot, you may see a difference in focus speed. I used to use my 80-200mm for shooting hockey, and at times you could FEEL the lens elements moving around as it focused. I upgraded after a year or so to the 70-200mm, and it seems to focus a little quicker, and I don't notice the lens focusing. No picture quality differences that I could see. Oh, and it's nice to be able to remove the tripod foot if I don't need it. Can't take it off on the 80-200mm.

I shot the 80-200mm mostly on a D7200; I think I upgraded to the D750 after I got the 70-200mm. I still have the 80-200mm, but I haven't shot it since I got the 70-200mm. I should probably quit being lazy and sell it before it loses all value!

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Jun 20, 2023 21:40:23   #
sudamar Loc: Southern Indiana
 
Thanks. I too can feel the focusing going on inside the lens, but it doesn't bother me. It seems to focus pretty fast.

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Jun 20, 2023 21:44:32   #
sudamar Loc: Southern Indiana
 
Sorry, but I don't know what the EXIF is. Please explain and don't laugh at me for not knowing what it stands for. Seems like it is something I should know.

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Jun 20, 2023 22:02:43   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
sudamar wrote:
Sorry, but I don't know what the EXIF is. Please explain and don't laugh at me for not knowing what it stands for. Seems like it is something I should know.


EXIF is the data captured by a digital camera about the camera and lens settings when the image file was created. Many times, this data reveals why the image looks the way it does, giving actionable ideas for how to improve an image and / or overall shooting technique.

Use the <Quote Reply> button to engage in a back n forth conversation.

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Jun 20, 2023 22:18:48   #
sudamar Loc: Southern Indiana
 
Thanks. I know about that, but not what it was called. Thanks again and have a great day tomorrow.

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Jun 20, 2023 23:30:36   #
bikinkawboy Loc: north central Missouri
 
I have the 80-200 but not the other. Doesn’t the 70-200 have vibration control? I’m no spring chicken and in the last couple of years my hands aren’t as steady as they used to be. The VR might be helpful if you are like me.

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Jun 20, 2023 23:34:27   #
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CHG_CANON wrote:
You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and frustration, if you were to instead present some current JPEG results from the 80-200mm. Reading your prior post and looking at some of your other images, your shooting technique would appear to be the opportunity for improvement rather than throwing more money into equipment. Asking for help on your images with current equipment is free, just store unedited JPEGs with the original EXIF intact.

If you let the UHH community spend your money, nothing you have will ever be good enough to their standards. Digital cameras are plenty good enough now, especially anything released since the resolution standard reached 24MP across the industry, such as your D750. You should be achieving awesome results with this camera and the 80-200 lens.
You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and ... (show quote)


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Jun 21, 2023 07:18:53   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and frustration, if you were to instead present some current JPEG results from the 80-200mm. Reading your prior post and looking at some of your other images, your shooting technique would appear to be the opportunity for improvement rather than throwing more money into equipment. Asking for help on your images with current equipment is free, just store unedited JPEGs with the original EXIF intact.

If you let the UHH community spend your money, nothing you have will ever be good enough to their standards. Digital cameras are plenty good enough now, especially anything released since the resolution standard reached 24MP across the industry, such as your D750. You should be achieving awesome results with this camera and the 80-200 lens.
You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and ... (show quote)


I totally agree! I use the 80-200 and never considered the upgrade and the only advantage would be the VR.

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Jun 21, 2023 08:40:11   #
Hip Coyote
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and frustration, if you were to instead present some current JPEG results from the 80-200mm. Reading your prior post and looking at some of your other images, your shooting technique would appear to be the opportunity for improvement rather than throwing more money into equipment. Asking for help on your images with current equipment is free, just store unedited JPEGs with the original EXIF intact.

If you let the UHH community spend your money, nothing you have will ever be good enough to their standards. Digital cameras are plenty good enough now, especially anything released since the resolution standard reached 24MP across the industry, such as your D750. You should be achieving awesome results with this camera and the 80-200 lens.
You could save yourself a lot of money, time, and ... (show quote)

I could not agree more. You (OP) are chasing the wrong animal here. This based on your Nikon v Canon post. You are wasting time and potentially money by using the wrong strategy to enhance your photography. Canon is giving you the secret sauce. I suggest you use it.

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Jun 21, 2023 08:58:20   #
Chicago312 Loc: Western suburb, Chicago
 
sudamar wrote:
I shoot with the 80-200 but have been thinking of trading up to the 70-200. Would I see a difference in sharpness, or are they the same. What would be the advantage of the 70-200 over the 80-200. Thanks.


I would recommend following CHG_CANON’s suggestions
1) upload a few photos, and use the “store original” button with each image
2) use the “quote reply” button, not the “reply” button

No one can really answer your questions without seeing what you are doing. All we can do is guess with the limited information you have provided.

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Jun 21, 2023 09:08:40   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
The Nikon 80-200 f2.8 is a fine lens capable of excellent results. If you buy the 70-200 f2.8 VR its greatest feature is having an image stabilizer incorporated in the lens. I am familiar with the old lens and I know of its quality but I cannot make comments about the newer lens because I have never used one. I know it is a great lens also but in your case I would not spend the money buying the new lens.

I am in agreement with Paul, look at your photo techniques because with a D750 fitted with the old lens your images have to be spectacular. If you are not using a tripod most probably you are not using it to its maximum capabilities.
Post some images and tell us how you shot them. You will have an answer to your questions.

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Jun 21, 2023 09:12:33   #
imagemeister Loc: mid east Florida
 
I have a HUGE difference of opinion here ......newer technology lenses of the same price teer/genre will always raise the IQ POSSIBILITIES of the user ! And, yes, the success of reaching the possibiliy does rest on the user .....

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Jun 21, 2023 10:15:40   #
imagemeister Loc: mid east Florida
 
imagemeister wrote:
I have a HUGE difference of opinion here ......newer technology lenses of the same price teer/genre will always raise the IQ POSSIBILITIES of the user ! And, yes, the success of reaching the possibiliy does rest on the user .....


Ken Rockwell's charts are a good resource regarding 70/80-200 Nikons - https://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80-200mm-history.htm
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