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diamondroad
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Is there a huge difference between VR and VRii other than the price? Is there an $800-$1000 improvement?

I mainly shoot weddings

Thanks



Jun 12, 2013 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


diamondroad wrote:
Is there a huge difference between VR and VRii other than the price? Is there an $800-$1000 improvement?

I mainly shoot weddings

Thanks


If you use FX-format (full frame) cameras, yes - there is a huge improvement.

If you're using DX-format cameras, then you won't likely see much difference.



Jun 12, 2013 at 06:48 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Thanks Molson, we use D700's so I guess it's the VRii.

Thanks for your input.



Jun 12, 2013 at 07:43 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


You're only going to see a difference on the outside edges of the frame and in the corners. Call me crazy, but I had the VR1 and VR2, and I preferred the VR1 on my D700.


Jun 12, 2013 at 07:51 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


VR1 is just fine on a 700 or 800. Works a treat for me.


Jun 12, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Jason is correct. The VR1's shortcomings are of little to no consequence for portraiture. On the other hand, if you plan on using it for landscape photography, you may want to go for the VR2. On an FX camera, the VR1's corners are indeed soft from around 135mm on.


Jun 12, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


As I'm getting older (not old mind you, just older) I just upgraded to the VR2 for the better VR. May be all in my mind, but I can tell a difference.


Jun 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


i'm a full time wedding shooter. after shooting V2 several times i saw no reason to upgrade. V1 is sharp where it needs to be and if you don't like the vignetting it is easily correctable.

Landscapes are a different story where the f4 VR is the winner IMHO.

My vote is to save your money.



Jun 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


My VRII is a stunner while my VRI was so-so. YMMV.


Jun 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


I bought a VRII off the FM buy/sell board a few weeks ago and finally had some time to get out and shoot with it. Very impressed so far...super sharp at f/4. Wide open looked good too but just slightly softer; however, I think more practice and learning how to manage the shallow depth of field will greatly improve my results.




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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


I loved the VRII for the most part, but the VR on/of switch was constantly being moved accidentally. Had to use tape to solve the problem. Anyone else experience that??


Jun 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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For your use it's probably NOT worth the money to upgrade. The VR II plays better with all the TC's
and may have a tad smoother bokeh. I made bank with the 'original' stupid sharp wide open, I
never needed more than a stop or two of VR for my rodeo pans. I only went with the VR II to expand
my wildlife options on a 2nd body. Try a search here, lots of (older) long threads on VR vs. VR II



Jun 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


I use and love the older 70-200VR on FX. Its much better than it gets credit for. I shoot events, child sports, and portraiture, so the benefits of the VRII are minimized. Will brings up a good point regarding the VRII being better than the VR with TC's. In 5 or so years with my 70-200, the only time I've ever been disappointed with it's images are when I put the TC20III behind it. So, If you'll be using TC's, I'd say definitely get the VRII. If your gonna pixel peep the extreme corners, get the VRII. Otherwise, the diffenence isn't gonna be huge.


Jun 13, 2013 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


trenchmonkey wrote:
For your use it's probably NOT worth the money to upgrade. The VR II plays better with all the TC's
and may have a tad smoother bokeh. I made bank with the 'original' stupid sharp wide open, I
never needed more than a stop or two of VR for my rodeo pans. I only went with the VR II to expand
my wildlife options on a 2nd body. Try a search here, lots of (older) long threads on VR vs. VR II


I still own that old 'monkey lens! For my purposes the VR I was (and is) just fine.



Jun 29, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Pinata wrote: I still own that old 'monkey lens! For my purposes the VR I was (and is) just fine.
Hey, Brian!! Good to hear you're still enjoying the 'monkeyglass...it's a great copy



Jun 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Get the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC. Outstanding lens. I just got it and compared it to Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 II. I actually prefer Tamron. The way it renders background blur is beautiful, and costs almost $1000 less.
But, before you buy anything I'd rent for a couple of day each lens and check it out...



Jun 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Never seen a Tamron that can AF like a Nikon, just sayin'



Jun 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


trenchmonkey wrote:
Never seen a Tamron that can AF like a Nikon, just sayin'


I can't see any difference.



Jun 30, 2013 at 06:32 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


Gregg B. wrote:
I can't see any difference.


Try shooting sprint boats coming directly at you at over 100mph. I'd say you'd see a difference. Yesterday I shot a race with close to 1900 images with a D800, 70/200 vr1 and a TC17 extender. Editing is a chore as the tossers were just compositional in nature. If a tracking or focus was off I blew it not the equipment.



Jun 30, 2013 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Nikon 70-200mm vr or vrii?


I liked my VR1 a lot---but I only used it on DX cameras---finally tried it on my friend's D700 FX body---still amazing! Sold it at a weak moment---wasn't using it much. A few years later, some disposable cash showed up and I bought a VR2 lens---again, I only use it on my DX bodies (D300 & D7100)---really love it---but honestly I don't see a huge difference---thinking about trading it out for a 70-200 F4 because its 25 ozs lighter (thats a lot!). I am in no hurry, but I'm feeling the call of that new 80-400...


Jul 01, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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