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Thread: 70-200 F2.8 VR vs. VRII

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    70-200 F2.8 VR vs. VRII

    Is the nikkor 70-200 f2.8 vrll really that much better than the VR version?.

    Can someone speak from experience?
    I want to get a 70-200 but if the VRII isn't leaps and bounds better, I don't want to spend the extra cash.
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    I have the VR, but I looked closely at selling and getting the VRII. It appears the VRII gives four stops while the VR gives only three stops compensation.
    I an very impressed with the VR. First day, I did some tests inside the house on a Dorito bag. From a distance inside the house, I focused without the VR on and then with the VR On, and when it was on, I could read the ingredients in the bag; whereas with it off, I could not.
    Is it worth the price? In my opinion NO.
    That's my opinion and someone who did the switch will probably have a different opinion.
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    Thanks for the imput. I have a friend that has the VR and he let's me use it from time to time. Obviously I have some experience with that lens but have yet to use a Nikkor vrll.

    In my opinion, the VR is ideal for an APS-C camera, the crop sensor literally crops out all the flaws in the VR.
    I'm thinking about buying the VRll version because my full frame camera may benefit from the newer version.
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    the VRII is definitely optically better than the VRI when used on FX bodies, the VRI suffers in the corners in terms of sharpness and vignetting especially at the long end of the zoom, at the short end they're pretty much the same and on DX they're practically the same but when you get into FX, not so much. the VRI is still a fanstastic lens, but it has some definite weaknesses, so if buying both used, the price difference may very well be worth it to jump to the vrII. I would be careful of paying too much for the vri if you go that route.

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    honestly, for the price unless you NEED f2.8, I'd go for the newest F4 version over the f2.8 VRI. the new f4 performs amazingly on FX, it's new price is pretty similar to the VRI's used price, and a used F4 may be even better, but its not f2.8 if thats something you require.
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    I'm going to need all the light I can get for alot of my shooting.
    Also it would be nice if I got a 1.4 TC III if I could use it on the 70-200 sometimes.
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    yeah, that's why I like the 2.8, its not my wildlife lens, its my work lens, and lots of work is done in the darker hours so I couldn't use the f4 that much. I never really liked TC's on the 70-200, but some people do, so its a personal thing. if I end up getting a 1.7 or 2.0 I might sell my 1.4III
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    That's cool. Yea I think the VRII is going to be the ticket.
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    VRII is very nice, so is the VRI, but at least IMO, the VRII is worth a little more, not just for the improved VR function, but the improved optics mostly. I've been very happy with mine. in fact, over time, its the ONLY lens I haven't even thought about selling, almost every other lens I've had I've bought/sold for whatever reason, except the 70-200 VRII. f2.8 is very useful for me, it's my workhorse lens, for whatever reason car drags and shows and stuff are scheduled during the worst lighting, so f2.8 is super useful when I'm covering an event for GTC.

    just keep saving, and looking on the used market for them. they are a very popular lens so they show up in really good used condition all the time, or refurbished, etc...
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    Plan to take Toby to the track this year you gonna cover it for GTC lo
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