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1. ~1 stop
2. Pronounced focus breathing <30' "200" can range from 135-165mm, however often overlooked it's actually closer
to really being 70mm on the wide end shooting FX
3. Your call there. The VR II takes TC's much better and resulting bokeh rivals the naked original VR.
I've had 3 of each and run 100,000+ shots thru 'em over the last 2 years shootin' rodeo, concerts, candids, and events.
The 70-200 is by FAR my money-maker gla$$ The vignette bitching with the original never impacted my style of shooting.
To this day, I don't do corners. I've happily settled in with the VR II's for this sole reason: takes the TC-14E II like it's
not even there. Bigger venues it's a life saver. Either one will produce stunning captures wide open. The choice is yours.
When the dust has settled you can't tell which captures were shot with which version without viewing the EXIF data.