Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 85

Thread: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    330

    Default wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    any suggestion ?

    it seems it is a perfect lens with such big aperture and it is also good in the night

  2. #2
    Moderator daredevil123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    lil red dot
    Posts
    21,627
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    There are lots of alternatives like different versions of Nikon 80-200/2.8, different versions of Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-200/2.8. But it boils down to you specific needs and requirements.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    330

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    There are lots of alternatives like different versions of Nikon 80-200/2.8, different versions of Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-200/2.8. But it boils down to you specific needs and requirements.
    different version of Nikon 80-200/2.8 ?

    i am using on the nikon d3100

    what do you mean by this : But it boils down to you specific needs and requirements.? can you enlighten me please ?

  4. #4

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    different version of Nikon 80-200/2.8 ?

    i am using on the nikon d3100

    what do you mean by this : But it boils down to you specific needs and requirements.? can you enlighten me please ?
    If u are using d3100 then Yr only choices are nikon afs 80-200, 70-200vr n vr2

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    330

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega23 View Post
    If u are using d3100 then Yr only choices are nikon afs 80-200, 70-200vr n vr2
    hmmmm not much choice available then ....

    seems 70-200mm cost much more .....

  6. #6

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    different version of Nikon 80-200/2.8 ?

    i am using on the nikon d3100

    what do you mean by this : But it boils down to you specific needs and requirements.? can you enlighten me please ?
    There are 2 versions of the 80-200 f2.8

    The older AF-D version is discontinued I believe. They make the AF-S 80-200 f2.8 now. If you're looking to buy a 2nd hand 80-200, you have to look for the AF-S version, as the AF-D version will not AF on your body. You should also factor in the weight when buying these lenses, they're extremely heavy and I would not recommend using for long hours on your D3100, you will screw your wrist real bad. Consider getting a battery grip just to balance the weight if you want to handhold the 80-200 on the D3100.
    Last edited by brapodam; 14th February 2011 at 08:54 PM.

  7. #7

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    There are 2 versions of the 80-200 f2.8

    The older AF-D version is discontinued I believe. They make the AF-S 80-200 f2.8 now.
    The afs version is discontinued.. Only the 2 touches AFD 80-200 are still available..

  8. #8

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    any suggestion ?

    it seems it is a perfect lens with such big aperture and it is also good in the night
    go for the 70-200 f/2.8 if you can afford and you will not regret it.
    D700|N24-70f2.8|N70-200f2.8VRII
    Come visit my blog http://www.coolphotoblogs.com/profile20486

  9. #9

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega23 View Post
    The afs version is discontinued.. Only the 2 touches AFD 80-200 are still available..
    Oh my bad. I think that doesn't exactly make sense though, since AF-S is supposed to be newer.

  10. #10
    Moderator daredevil123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    lil red dot
    Posts
    21,627
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    There are 2 versions of the 80-200 f2.8

    The older AF-D version is discontinued I believe. They make the AF-S 80-200 f2.8 now. If you're looking to buy a 2nd hand 80-200, you have to look for the AF-S version, as the AF-D version will not AF on your body. You should also factor in the weight when buying these lenses, they're extremely heavy and I would not recommend using for long hours on your D3100, you will screw your wrist real bad. Consider getting a battery grip just to balance the weight if you want to handhold the 80-200 on the D3100.
    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    Oh my bad. I think that doesn't exactly make sense though, since AF-S is supposed to be newer.

    There are quite a number of 80-200/2.8 versions:

    80-200/2.8 Ais - manual focus. discontinued. Some claim the IQ on this one is exceptional.
    80-200/2.8 AF one touch - Push pull. Non-D. discontinued.
    80-200/2.8 AF-D one touch - push pull AFD version. discontinued.
    80-200/2.8 AF-D two touch - two ring AFD version. Still in production.
    80-200/2.8 AF-S - two ring with AF-S motor. discontinued. Some claim this has the best IQ, surpassing even the 70-200/2.8VRI.

    There are two versions of 70-200/2.8

    70-200/2.8 VRI - edge performance not as good in FF. discontinued.
    70-200/2.8 VRII - current version.

    The 80-200 AFS was discontinued and replaced with 70-200/2.8VR. The AF-D two touch is still in production because there are still many older cameras out there that require a aperture ring.

    Even discontinued versions are not very hard to find in the 2nd hand market and BnS. The only exception would be the 80-200 AFS which is quite hard to find nowadays.

    I am using the 80-200/2.8 AF-D one touch. If you want to see sample pics taken with this lens, I have posted some here.
    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 14th February 2011 at 09:38 PM.

  11. #11
    Member Irvine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    North? South? East? West?
    Posts
    1,037

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    TS is using d3100, which also means that his camera can't AF on lenses older than AF-S 80-200 f/2.8

    if the TS doesnt mind doing MF on the older generation lenses, 80-200mm f/2.8 2 touch is the way to go, since it's still in production.
    Google is your friend. Make use of it.

  12. #12

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    any suggestion ?

    it seems it is a perfect lens with such big aperture and it is also good in the night
    What kind of photographs do you shoot? birds? events? night?

    Different lenses cater to specific needs.

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pasir Ris
    Posts
    330

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgdevilzz View Post
    What kind of photographs do you shoot? birds? events? night?

    Different lenses cater to specific needs.
    night, events , travelling

  14. #14
    Moderator daredevil123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    lil red dot
    Posts
    21,627
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    different version of Nikon 80-200/2.8 ?

    i am using on the nikon d3100

    what do you mean by this : But it boils down to you specific needs and requirements.? can you enlighten me please ?
    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    night, events , travelling
    You need to know what you need.

    For D3100, if you want autofocus, your choices are limited to:

    Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR and VR2 - Fast accurate AF, VR is very good. Version1's edge performance not as good in FX. Ver2's IQ is very good. And very expensive.
    Nikon AF-S 80-200/2.8 - One of the best IQ. But big and heavy, and no VR. Hard to find.
    Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM (OS and non-OS) - Fast AF, VR(OS) is good, but softer at 200mm wide open.
    Tamron 70-200/2.8 with Built in Motor - Good IQ, but no VR, and AF is slower and hunts at time.
    Sigma 50-150 HSM OS (if you want something lighter and only want FF equiv of 75-225mm) - No tripod mount, but considerably smaller and lighter. 135-150mm not as sharp wide open.

    If you want VR (or OS), then choices are even lesser:
    Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR and VR2
    Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM OS
    Sigma 50-150 HSM OS

    Since you are on DX format (D3100), edge performance of 70-200/2.8 VR will not affect you. But you also have to think if you are going to move to FX in the future.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 15th February 2011 at 10:48 AM.

  15. #15

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    Oh my bad. I think that doesn't exactly make sense though, since AF-S is supposed to be newer.
    Not really.. nikon keeps a cheaper alternative 70/80- 200mm F2.8 lens in the market for low budget shooter. In the this case the AFD 2 touch version.. if they keep the AFS version the price will be much higher.. And those who need the faster AFS, VRII and better optics will need to go for the VR2.

  16. #16

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega23 View Post
    Not really.. nikon keeps a cheaper alternative 70/80- 200mm F2.8 lens in the market for low budget shooter. In the this case the AFD 2 touch version.. if they keep the AFS version the price will be much higher.. And those who need the faster AFS, VRII and better optics will need to go for the VR2.
    A lot of the people who need the AF-S version are actually the people with the low end bodies...D40, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000. The "cheaper alternative" has just disappeared.

  17. #17

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    For this focal range and F2.8 lenses.. forget about third parties one... they simply cannot make it... if budget is a concern and you are using body with motor get the 1 touch nikkor 80-200 F2.8.. that lens is better interm of IQ then the 2 touches. AF speed is not much slower then the 2 touch in good light environment and the push pull is so much easy to zoom and focus manually..

  18. #18

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by brapodam View Post
    A lot of the people who need the AF-S version are actually the people with the low end bodies...D40, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000. The "cheaper alternative" has just disappeared.
    thats why nikon is smart... if you want the cheaper alternatives upgrade yr body to one with motor....If i am using the above bodies.. i would have sell away and get a D90 or a used D300 instead to pair with the AFD 80-200 F2.8.... and when the poison is too much upgrade to 70-200VR2 LOL
    Last edited by Omega23; 15th February 2011 at 12:10 PM.

  19. #19
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapor
    Posts
    454

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    I am using the 70-200mm F2.8 VR2.

    one of my fav lens. The IQ is good and the VR2 is very handy.
    The lens compression is fabulous as well.

    The drawback is the weight.
    I had to use my D700 with battery grip to counter the heavy lens.
    http://www.EdmundPhoto.com
    for Weddings, Family Portraits, Executive Portraits, etc

  20. #20

    Default Re: wait for Nikon 70-200 f2.8 or buy alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by chercm View Post
    night, events , travelling
    The 70-200mm VR II is so popular it has become one of the Multi-purpose lens. If you are getting this lens then you have to be careful when holding your camera with this lens. Your D3100 is a very small DSLR and the lens weight overpowers your camera body. Make sure to hold with BOTH hands all the time. (1 hand lens, 1 hand camera)

    You might see people holding the camera with one hand, that is because their camera is Professional grade (D300 and up). The lens their using is light so one hand is no problem. But if using a telephoto zoom lens, better to use with 2 hands.

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •