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Hi, I recently borrowed the 70-200 f2.8 to use at a rugby match and enjoyed it so much I would like to do more sport. There's no way I can ever afford a f2.8 lens but noticed the 80-400 used lens are about £700 on MPB website. Would this be any good for football/rugby or even athletic events and am I risking it by buying a used one?
Appreciate any advice
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Hi John I have been looking into the same thing..
there are 2 option either you want to get as close as possible and you want the light. Go for a prime 400 they are much better as the 80-400 is not terribly good at the long end. I sold my 400 3.5 for about 750 euro that is 600 quid, I'm sure you'll find similar deals on fleabay.
now to the 70-200.
that is a fantastic lens if you need it fast. But again, does 70 instead of 80 matter? I am myself considering a later 80-200mm 2.8, they are quite affordable and the later push pull is often around at 350 quid. So that is what I'll go for as soon as my 70-300 VR is sold.
To focus the 80-400 moves the whole of the front section of the lens - making AF with it slow for sports
There are several older Nikon 80-200 f2.8 lenses which, though not the equal of the current 70-200, are still very good.
The independent lens makers also make 80-200 f2.8 lenses.
The next step up for pro photography of football and rugby is usually a 400mm f2.8 - out of most amateurs budget.
Hi, thank you for replying. I loved the 70-200 f2.8 but I couldn't afford a new one, MPB are selling used 80-400 at about £700 but with all used lens there is always a risk. My 24-120 f4 did the trick close up but the f2.8 was better and fast focus. Thanks again it gives me more of an idea what to look for and expect
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