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Thread: 80-200 f/2.8 vs 100-300 f/4

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    80-200 f/2.8 vs 100-300 f/4

    I own the 80-200 f/2.8 Nikkor but have been looking at the 100-300 f/4 Sigma. I'm wondering if any body has used both what were your thoughts, did you miss the extra f stop?

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    Heya Slide,

    I think they're really for different things, it basically boils down to what you want to use it for. I've only played with a friend's one, the sigma has limited use indoors (for my shooting style) and yes I did miss the extra stop (OS woulda helped to a degree), but it really shines outdoors. This is pretty much the only lens with this range and price bracket, and am considering getting it myself.

    The 80-200 is superb, but more versatile indoors, and a decently smaller. If you can afford to keep both, do so, but if you have to have one or the other I think your decision will come down to which lens will suit what and how you shoot more often. Post back and let us know what you decide!

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    Thanks gummi for your thoughts, I think I may do the old "Buy and see which I like more", just means I'll be waiting for a while before I get it.

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    I'm saving up as well - also want the Nikkor 85mm f1.4 - tossing up which one to get first between the two. Post some pics up when you actually get it!

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    Having had the 80-200/2.8, and knowing that it can be a great lens(except that mine backfocused on my D300, but didn't on the D80 that eventually became its new home!) ... you'll love it too. As has already been asked, it depends entirely on what exactly you want it for. I found that I was usually at 105-200 for the vast majority of the time, which should have been the pointer to the fact that I'd have been better off with a 100-300/4 and NOT a 70-200/2.8 again!

    YMMV, so if you want a portrait lens the Nikon is the way to go, if you want it more for sports or birding, or whatever.. I reckon the Sigma is way better.
    Indoors 80-200 on a crop body!!! I found it annoying more than anything else.
    Did it a lot, found that I preferred to step closer(hence something more 28-75mm like ) than to stay back, unless you are doing indoor concert kind of events.

    They can be considered different tools for different purposes, and I liked the Nikon for portraits, as it renders a nicer bokeh.
    I've had a quick play with Andrews 100-300/4 and I'm sad to say that it's become one of those addictions, where even though I have that range basically covered, but I think I need one of them too

    How are you going for the focal range up to 100mm? That could be a deciding factor too.

    Whichever you get, I'm sure you'll find happiness.
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    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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    Well my main rational behind getting the 100-300 and offing the 80-200 was that it would cut out getting the 300f/4 nikkor (the only affordable telephoto lens Nikon has), thus saving me 1600 odd bucks. I have not really used the 80-200 indoors but have found the 2.8 useful when out shooting a bit of nature and light drops or some lizards are hiding in the shade (I don't like using my D80 over ISO 400).

    I'm not sure on how to fill the 16-100 range yet was thinking the 18-105 vr or 50 and 85 1.8's not super concerned about my mid range as UWA and telle are my main realms of play. Thanks for your input arthurking83

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    i thought about this same question not long ago when i wanted more reach, but i decided to stay with the nikkor.
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    Why not just buy a 1.4x TC for the 80-200? The Sigma is at its weakest at 300mm wide open and I'm sure the 80-200 + TC combo would be at least as good in terms of IQ. The 300 F4 would be noticeably better than the above options @ f4 though

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    I cant comment on the 100-300 f4 as I dont own or haven't used one....I do however have the 80-200 f 2.8 and find it extra good and if I put my Kenko pro 300 1.4 x TC on it it seems to suffer no loss of IQ except maybe at times a little more CA. The 80-200 f 2.8 is a great lens Bokeh wise, good for many sports, close birding, portraits and candids.

    Plenty of secondhand ones on ebay, or buy one online for around $1000.00...biuying this lens turned my photography around.....for the better. having said this I dont use mine much any more as my 300 f2.8 has taken it's place, but will never sell it

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    Hey there,

    I am interested in a nice telephoto lens but the 70-200 VR is a little out of my budget at this stage. I also like to stick with Nikon brand and not third party.

    My question is do you guys use the 80-200 F2.8 hand held alot or mostly on a tripod? What is the 80-200 F2.8 like as a handheld lens?

    Apologies for hijacking your thread but thought its better to ask here then to start up a brand new one.
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    You can easily handhold a 70-200 or 80-200. At first if you have only had 28-75's etc it will seem like a russian bazooka to hold but it's actually quite well balanced on the camera and you get used to it real quick.
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    Yeah handholding these lenses are no worries. On Saturday I used the 70-200 on a D300 with grip and shot almost continuously from 10am to 5pm without too many problems

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    You can easily handhold a 70-200 or 80-200. At first if you have only had 28-75's etc it will seem like a russian bazooka to hold but it's actually quite well balanced on the camera and you get used to it real quick.
    Ditto!

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    Thanks guys for all the comments guys, I have thought about coupling a 1.4 tc to my 80-200 and it might be a worth while option, after all a TC is cheaper then the Sigma and if I still want the Sigma I'll have a TC to whack on it.

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    just be aware that sigmas only like sigma TCs and nikons lenses don't like sigma TCs

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    80-200 easy to handhold and still very sharp aty f 2.8 so higher shutter speeds are there to use.

    Couple it with the Kenko Pro 300 1.4 x TC and it will work a treat and unlike the Nikon eqivalent will retain auto focus ...cost should be less than $200.00 { must be the Kenko Pro 300 version, not standard TC }

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    Thanks for the heads up kiwi I didn't know that.

    Seesee do you know if the Kenko works with sigma as well?
    I've read that it can cause some metering issues can you confirm/bust this statement?

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    My Kenko 1.4 Pro TC did not work on the sigma hsm zoom lenses I had at the time

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    So I am guessing the only draw back of the 80-200 is that there is no VR and higher shutter speeds are needed to handhold so 1/200 if at 200mm.

    How does this lens perform in dimmer light situations handheld? I assume a bit problematic compared to the VR 70-200. Just asking cause sometimes I take photos at some corporate events with low light and tend to wish I had a second body with a longer zoom available.

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    2.8 is 2.8

    VR is worth another 2-3 stops

    I'd assume though at a corporate event you'd be using flash though ?

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