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Old 09-29-2017, 02:00 AM   #13
Noct Foamer
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Unless you are planning on buying an FX camera in the coming year, I would buy the $200 version. It's an excellent lens and one I've thought about buying myself for use on my D5300. (I use that camera along with a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 OS as my compact travel outfit.)

The 70-200mm f4 VR is optically a better lens, but not by much. It's main advantage is it's a stop & half faster--f4. This means when the light is low you can shoot with a shutter speed twice as fast without raising the ISO. If you often shoot in low light this might be something to consider. On the plus side for the 70-300mm AFP is it's 300mm--50% longer. If you mostly shoot in the daytime I think you'll find that extra 100mm more useful than f4. The lens is also smaller & lighter which makes it easier to travel with and carry. Finally, there is a ~$500 difference (for a used one.) That's enough to buy a a Nikon 10-20mm AF-P and have $200 left over. Or, use the $500 for a trip somewhere you've always wanted to visit. Anyway, I don't think you'll see any difference in sharpness between those two lenses, especially considering most people shoot them at f8 for RR photos.

Kent in SD
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