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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

2139NAS_180
Review Date: Nov 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent zoom range, VR is great, super-fast AF
Cons:
maybe the tripod foot is easy to lose??

I've had this monster for almost 3 years. I use it every day. The only time it is out of my hands is for the yearly 3Cs at Nikon. I upgraded from the 80-200 f2.8 which is no slouch and the 70-200 is way better. With VR and AF-S I have made frames that were not possible 6 years ago. Handheld available-light photos in the dark at 1/10th no problem.
Heavy? Spend 20minutes holding up a 300 f2.8 and you'll be begging for the 70-200
With the 17-55 and 70-200 there aren't really any focal length holes a few steps won't fix.


 
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF

1996NAS_180
Review Date: Nov 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Reach, size, VR
Cons:
Slow

This is a fantastic daytime sports lens. The contrast and saturations are fantastic. If you use the focus lock slow focus isn't a problem. My main con is that it is 5.6 at 400. This slow speed makes it pretty much unusable for night time sports. Sure the VR lets you shoot slower, but that doesn't help you stop action.
Otherwise I love this lens.