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Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR


DannoM 12 58 England
1 Nov 2009 3:12PM
Shall i buy this lense or wait for the VRII? also will the price drop when the new one comes out? or will shops stop selling it?

Im confused. thanks
Overread 12 4.1k 19 England
1 Nov 2009 3:25PM
If its like the other camera manufacturers, once a new model comes out production of the old one will stop, infact they will often stop production before the release so they don't end up with a large backlog.
A new version out will cause a price drop in the old, though how long it takes and how much of a drop is always hard to guess till it happens. Also with many others also waiting for the price drop and the ending of production (possible) of that lens it can lead to a shortfall in supplies.
End result is that shops will eventually not be able to stock it so will stop selling the old - how long you wait till this happens is anyones guess.
paperboy 11 208
1 Nov 2009 3:31PM
The original 70-200 vr works best on DX cameras; the new VR11 works best on FX cameras. This is info from bench tests which for the most part is critical to the extreme and does not reflect the real world. This is only one persons' opinion. Will the older reduce in price, not likely. Is the new one higher in price, yes in Canada $350 higher. In either case be aware, this is a very heavy lens and meant for very specific use, (low light fast action) Personally I use my 70-300vr 4x as often as the 70-200vr. The 70-200 is a great lens, but not for general use. If you are going to buy and have a DX camera, go for the original and pocket the difference or buy a 1.7 af-s converter to go with it.
cameracat 17 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
1 Nov 2009 4:17PM
As paperboy has said the newer model has some improvements, Or why else would Nikon bother.!

There where a few mentions of issues with the old model, When mounted on an FX ( full frame body ) Although many say they had no problem at all.

The old lens on a DX body works well, So if you do not intend buying an FX body, Then it may well be the lens for you.

Like paperboy, I use the 70 - 300mm VR quite a lot on an FX body, Although I loose the reach it has on the DX bodies, The image quality is more than acceptable 99% of the time....Smile
DannoM 12 58 England
1 Nov 2009 6:28PM
thanks guys looks like i will buy the old one as the newer one is more expensive again. From what ive read the newer one is for fx improvements.
LenShepherd 13 4.3k United Kingdom
1 Nov 2009 8:23PM

Quote:like i will buy the old one as the newer one is more expensive again.

Yes and no. The list price of the new is just 100 more than the old so when the initial orders are filled prices will fall.
The D300s list price was 100 more than the D300 when launched. If the ephotozine review is accurate the list price of the D300s is already 150 less than the D300.
DannoM 12 58 England
2 Nov 2009 8:13AM
my understanding is old is 1500 and new is 2000 pounds.
LenShepherd 13 4.3k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2009 8:52PM

Quote:My understanding is old is 1500 and new is 2000 pounds.

The old list is 1,900 and the new list is 2,000.
The old street is around 1,500
In some ways availability of the new is academic - Nikon are giving NPS members priority as they did with the D3, and 400/500/600 VR.
D300s was 1,499 at launch - it is already below 1,200.
Perhaps by March the new 70-200 street will be around 1,600.
kilo363 11 3 Scotland
19 Nov 2009 2:01PM
I have an old 70-200 f/2.8 coupled with a D90 that I use for motorsports. (some shots in my gallery).

It's a better lens than I am a photographer Smile

It is a lens heavy combination, until I add the battery grip, then is very very well balanced
samfurlong 14 2.5k United Kingdom
19 Nov 2009 9:11PM
Lenses like that are really designed with users of the bigger pro cameras like the D3 / D700 in mind. They work fine with the rest but in terms of handling etc.. they are designed for the more substantial bodies.

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