I own a 70-200 F2.8 VR II, which is a great lens.
Is the F4 version sharper (and overall better) in the F4 - F 11 range (as said in some reviews - knowing that reviews are sometimes partial - ?
Ok, the F4 can't compete for indoor sports, but outdoors ?
Has someone already made a real life test comparison ?
I'm expecting it to be the same equivalent as the 24-120 f/4 is to the 24-70 f/2.8. It'll do the job outdoors nicely but it'll still fall short from the 2.8 strengths.
My first venue is a concert on Thursday, followed by Molière, in period costume - lit only by 250 candles next Monday!!! I'll let you know how I get on...
EDIT: here it is http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1172225/0
Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.
It looks very, very good but I won't be trading my f2.8 for one- I don't really mind the weight and the f2.8 is absolutely wonderful. It is also stunningly sharp, including with a TC.
D3s 1/125s f4 70-200 @ 125mm ISO 7200
Only thing might be changing from portrait to landscape orientation, but for that I don't carry with me or buy another quick release plate. Aren't there some collar rings with Arca Swiss profile?
On D3s, F4 and at 200, seems very sharp on first "quick" shots.
VR is stunning. You feel just like it simply blocks everything.
Look and feel very strong. Well manufactured (Thaïland).
See : www.wild-fields.com
And as for the "balance" issue: thank you for mentioning that, I will then also compare the setting with the ring or with a rail under the body. Because the balance variies, depending which body I adapt to the lens, a rail is needed to set that in balance. Or a counterweight like the spring of some video heads.
This image is slightly cropped from the original.
70mm 124/s f/4 ISO 5000
While this one is about 1/4 of the original image
175mm 125/s f/4 ISO 3200
(However, I did order a Chinese copy....probably get thrown off the forum for admitting that!! - My way of looking at it is that I'll probably never use it, so why 'invest' in something so expensive - in the unlikely event I need on, I've only spent 25$)
Sorry Golf, sometimes RRR are a joke (so am I). They're just not showing the whole thing. And the tube to fit the collar on, is still plastic with a hollow noise when you tick on it.