I have been craving for a 70-200mm F2.8 lens for the longest time. The last time I lost sleep over a lens is probably for the to-die-for Pentax FA 31mm (one I really missed since changing over to Nikon).
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II is revered for its balance of image quality and versatility, not forgetting the AF speed and great build quality. From the last sentence, you probably know I want one!
However, buying decisions are sometimes less straight forward than it seems. There’s the newer year 2012 addition to the family, the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR which shaves off a good amount of weight (approx ~ 690g) and cost (Approx ~US$1,000 based on new sets) from its bigger brother.
Now, there also a third one trying to crash into the party and that is the Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC which has been receiving rave reviews (just look at the DxoMark scores below). I am currently using the Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC (Model A007N) and I have been really happy about it. No complains except for the occasional thought of ‘What if I had gone for the Nikon?”.
It is also attractively priced near the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR but you get the wider F2.8 aperture which can be really useful to keep the noise level down from higher ISO value.
Questions I have been asking myself (even after reading tons of professional and real-world user reviews) :
Do I need the f2.8?
Would I been leaving home the f2.8 version more than I would if I had gotten a f4 version instead(due to the hefty weight and size)?
If I do get a f2.8 version, should I pay more for a Nikon? and why?
What if I had gotten the Nikon f2.8 instead of the Tamron? (If I am buying the Tamron for its good value)
What if I want to use a teleconverter on day (and I am having the f4 instead of the f2.8)?
I think I would be pretty happy if I had anyone of them… but I still need to decide… I’m sure I’m not the only one facing such hard choices…
Decisions… Decisions… Decisions…
- Why Tamron’s EISA 2013-14 Winners Rock (mpex-experience.com)
- Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR (FX) – Review / Test Report
- Nikon 70-200mm F4 review by Camera Labs
- 70-200: You need to look closely at this… (thedayszoompast.wordpress.com)