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Guidenet wrote: »
That's the version II of that lens and fairly new. It's like Nikon's version II or their 70-200 f/2.8 VRII. When Canon recently released it, it was the same price as Nikon's. $2395. A $400 reduction is truly a bargain. This is not the older and less expensive 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM. Look at the description.
They no longer list the version 1 which sold for less. Like Nikon, the version 1 IS claimed 2-3 stops in stabilization while the version 2 claims "up to 4 stops" stabilization. I'm not sure you get that much, but that's what both claim and is the differentiator between the two versions.
Over the past couple of years and still going, both Nikon and Canon are upgrading all their pro-level telephotos and telephoto zooms. You have to look carefully for the IS II or just IS in the case of Canon, and VRII or just VR in the case of Nikon. You don't want to pay the same price for each. The version IIs are anywhere from $500 to a couple of thousand more depending on the lens. Most of it was an excuse to jack the price because of the disparity between the Yen and Dollar, unfortunately. With some of the version one and twos there was a real difference as in the 70-200 lenses. With others like my 300 f/2.8, there was nothing really.
For example, I bought the Nikon 300 f/2.8 AFS VR about a year before Nikon released the 300 f/2.8 AFS VRII for over a thousand dollars more. There was absolutly no difference at all. Nothing. In fact my VR is actually VRII and after the new lens came out, Nikon called the older one VRI, but it wasn't. They don't say VR and VRII on the lens. It's just in the catalogue. Notice the Nikon Catalogue from about that time. LOL. It's funny. The first picture is the old model. The bottom shows both in the catalogue. They both say VRII. It was a gimmick, I think.
Guidenet wrote: »
I'll probably buy the new 70-200 f/2.8 VRII AFS soon. I love my 80-200 f/2.8 so it seems like a waste of money just for VR which I don't really care that much about. Like the Canon, the Nikon is a wonderful lens though.
Tonight at midnight, Nikon is supposed to announce the new D4. We'll have to see.
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