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  • Al says:

    I use my 70-200mm f/2.8 for indoors and my 70-300mm VR G for outdoors. Will I notice much of a difference in IQ if I upgrade my 70-300mm to the 70-200mm f/4? I mostly shoot at f/8 outdoors.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Al, if you’re using the lens on one of the newer Nikon bodies and looking critically at your imagery, you’ll will likely notice a difference. The newer 70-200mm f/4G will have higher sharpness and less distortion at all focal lengths, and lower chromatic aberration at the edges of your subjects. Essentially, you’re comparing a $600 lens to a $1,400 lens. The $600 lens is good, but the $1,400 lens is way better in overall performance. Here’s a DxO comparison chart between those two lenses.

  • Tara says:

    Thanks Dan. You’re review helped me in my thinking about these lenses. I appreciate the very practical advice. And yes, when I purchase, I’ll certainly consider BH first.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    Thanks for your comment Tara- glad to help!

  • […] an even more advanced VR system than the 70-200mm f/2.8 version has. I highly recommend this lens. Read my comparison review between these two lenses and see which one I think is the better all around […]

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.