[quote=chuck9941,reply=0] With the 70-200mm I could at least add a teleconverter to get the range and end up with the f stop. This would come in handy at air shows.
Chuck; First of all........the 70-200 / 2.8 is probably one of the most useful lenses that Nikon has ever made. but I never "suggest" lenses to anyone, because I have no idea what "anyone" may wish to take pictures of; yes, anything that costs $2,000 or more is a lot of money; but that's only relative to what ? Personally, I couldn't be without my 70-200; at least "until" or"if" I ever get around to buying a 400mm f2.8; ( and they're "not cheap" either !) I seldom photograph airplanes; not that I don't like airplanes, more that I live where opportunities for airplane photography are very poor.
Don't compare the 70-200/f2.8 to the 70-300/ 3.5-5.6; there IS
no comparison. You mention the 200mm being "ok" for such and such airport; I tend to look at camera gear from the other direction; I tend to buy what I'm convinced is practical, then I find ways to photograph subjects which interest me, with the gear that I own. You mentioned that Nikon has a "special" on which is soon to end; I know MANY people who use Nikon cameras, and Nikon lenses; I also know a WHOLE BUNCH of them who have recently bought brand new D-800s and D600s that have had all sorts of problems with oil spots on sensors, problems with focusing......etc. etc........in the meantime........I have kept right on taking pictures, have not had ONE problem..........with my 70-200 /f2.8. my 12-24 /f4 (and a few more)....all of which I bought on eBay for MUCH less than Nikon will be selling that lens for, 5 years from now. I'm NOT saying that buying new lenses from Nikon is a "band deal"; I AM
saying that it's NO guarantee that the thing will work right, and that it will ALWAYS cost more.
I just now edited this so I could add this; you mentioned a TC
; as I'm sure you already know, the TC
costs you "a bunch" up front; so if you're even thinking about using a TC
, START OUT with at least an f/2.8 lens; I have a VERY good shot "online" that illustrates what I'm talking about very well; it was made with a 35 year old, 300 mm, manual focus AI
lens, with a TC
-201, on a D 300s body; it's a pretty good shot, but boy, do I ever wish that old 300mm lens was an F 2.8 ! THAT's exactly where you need that big hunk of glass up front! ( the shot was actually made with an effective focal length of 900mm )
I'm MUCH older than you are; because of that, I have always wanted a better view of my LCD
; I tried a Hoodman loupe. It's "ok" but I gave it to my wife; I happened to be reading a book about lighting, and the author had a Zacuto finder on his Canon D SLR; said he absolutely LOVED the thing; he's a smart guy, and I love his books, so I figured anything he liked, I'd probably like; next stop..B&H's website; found the Zacuto OK
; but it's NOT cheap! Almost $400 ! (but by now, I gotta have one.) Back to eBay......there are 12 listed at the moment.......all but one have a "buy it now" of $379 ! I went for the one that started out at $102; (it ended up costing me $280) I just picked it up at the Post Office today; now I love it even more ! The "frame" that mounts it to the camera body (that I assumed was plastic, is actually CNC milled aluminum; very nice indeed' !
Get this; even I don't understand how this can be; this thing was purchased new from B&H (in NYC) less than a month ago; the original invoice is in the box with the thing; who ever bought it paid almost $400, (and it even has a few "spare pieces" which cost another $50); That's exactly why I get a lot of camera stuff on eBay; been doing it for 15 years now; but if you're wondering about whether to buy that 70-200 while it's on "special".............all I can say is, it's a FABULOUS lens ! But it's NOT where I would buy it at. Feel free to IM
me if you need any ideas. I very seldom post on this forum.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein