If I have to single out one lens in my camera bag, it will be my 70-200 f/2.8 Nikon lens. With my love for travelling, I get to practice much outdoor, landscape, close up and wedding photography. Many times I end up leaving my 70-200 f/2.8 behind due to the weight, size and minimum focus distance limitations.
The 70-200 f/4 is the perfect solution for my needs in this zoom range. The weight and compact size takes the 70-200 zoom range photography to a new and exciting level while it still has the same quality feel and look of a f/2.8.
The focus is fast, accurate and hassle free, even in very low light conditions. The image quality is pin sharp at all apertures; placing this lens on the same level as the f/2.8.
Even the depth of field can compete with the f/2.8. In theory a large aperture of f/2.8 should result in a shallower depth of field than the f/4, but this lens can focus so much closer than the f/2.8, resulting in even less depth of field and smooth bokeh.
With a minimum focus distance of only 1 meter, this lens is the leader in the 70-200 mm zoom range.
Close up photography in portraits, wedding, product and outdoor photography can now be done without the hassle of adding extension tubes.
With macro photography I prefer using a 70-200 f/2.8 with extension tubes. The advantage of this is that, instead of moving closer to get the subject in focus, you can stay in one point and use the zoom to focus.
The disadvantage in this setup is weight and size, making macro focusing a real challenge, especially for women. This is where the f/4 makes a huge difference, the light weight and compact size makes it so much easier to handle.
The only down side to this lens is the price. But compared to the even more expensive f/2.8, the compact size, weight and minimum focus distance will make this lens the first choice for many photographers who prefer to travel light without sacrificing the quality of a pro lens.
This lens opens so many new opportunities in the photography world. Now we have a lens with pro specs, that focus close and is easy to handle. It’s like having the best of both worlds.
Thank you Nikon for giving us a lens that will make us enjoy our photography even more.
Article and photographs by Sarel van Staden – Photowise.