|Quoting megatop412 (Reply 2):|
The 70-200mmVR is the only 'pro' level lens of the two. The 80-400mmVR is considered a consumer lens
In my view, the 80-400mm falls between those stools, but closer to the pro one. At £2,000 in the UK, it's price certainly wouldn't put it in the 'consumer' category. I hate the word, but I'd see it as a 'prosumer' lens - a lens for the pretty serious amateur.
|Quoting derekf (Reply 3):|
Don't get caught up in the snobbery of "pro" or "consumer". Get the lens that suits your budget and needs.
I've been very fortunate and been able to buy a pretty good collection of lenses, but I started off with low-end bodies and light, plastic consumer lenses. I was still perfectly able to produce shots good enough for this site.
I have the older generation of the 70-200mm and it's been carted all over the World for the last seven years. It's taken a beating and is looking a little tatty around the edges, but is still one of my two favourite lenses.
I also have the original 80-400mm and it's not a great lens. Don't get me wrong, it can produce very good results but AF
is painfully slow and in low light it's not a great performer. At the time, it was the one Nikon lens that gave great range and for a long time was one of only two lenses I used. Ironically, having replaced it, I now carry four lenses to cover the range that two used to. They also weigh about five times as much as the old lenses. While undoubtedly optically superior, I'm not sure it's progress.
If I was in the market now, I'd probably go for the 80-400mm. Doubly so if it can use the 1.4TC.
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