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i wish they would make this a 100-300 f4 like my old sigma, and going by the new 80-400 they can make it just as good as fixeda prime doesn't always suit me at 300, i like the flexibility
Considering that the current AF-S 300mm F4 beats the new AF-S 80-400mm VRII in resolution (see review at Photography Life) on it's own, and with the TC14E II, I wouldn't want a new VR version based on the latter.
How much weight does VR add, and at some stage does that defeat the purpose? 300mm f/4 over 3 lb already (nearly 1.5 kg) but that's still only half the weight of the f/2.8, so there's significant pick-up in portability and the potential to hand hold. If we make the f/4 heavier and more expensive, at what point do people say they'll just run with a 70-200 and crop?Aside: in the current marketplace, I'm not sure why anybody would buy 300mm f/2.8. I can see so many other options and one of those options would be better for just about everyone. Some ideas:--300mm f/4, and $4K in hand--Sigma 120-300 f/2.8, and $2K in hand--200mm f/2, same price thereabouts. Extra stop of light when you need it, and even a crummy old 16 MP D4 has enough MP that one can crop out a great image (I kid, I kid...)--200-400mm f/4 about $1K extra, f/4 only, but extra reach and an extremely good lens (my own choice--and my craft isn't good enough yet to maximize my copy's potential...)
Aside: in the current marketplace, I'm not sure why anybody would buy 300mm f/2.8.