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80-400mm VR Lens or 70-200mm F2.8 VR II Lens?

Jacob Brownlee 
Joined in March 2015
Posts: 16
Posted 28 December 2016 - 22:43 CET

Hi everyone,

I am going to LAX to spot in early January. I am going to use the Nikon D750 camera. I haven't used this camera or any full frame before so I thought renting it would be a nice idea. For anyone who's spotted at LAX, you know about Imperial Hill (Jim Clutters Park.) From this location, would the 70-200 be enough? I would just go with the 80-400 since that would be plenty, but for night panning the F2.8 comes in handy and the lens itself it very sharp. I've used both the 70-200 F2.8 VR II and the 80-400 VR so I have some experience with both lenses. I can also say that on the 80-400 I used, anywhere after about 330mm it got a lot less sharp. Let me know what you think.



Rod Dermo 

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Joined in January 2008
Posts: 3
Posted 29 December 2016 - 16:26 CET

Hi Jacob

Been to Clutters park a few times over the years(you,ll love it)when there I used the 80-400 D600 Cropped sensor down to DX format to give me the reach I needed,They tend to use the far runway the most, I always keep the lens at around 300mm shooting at F8 to keep things sharp.Winter is a good time to go the sun is behind you and low so you can shoot all day long.When the light starts to fade I put on auto ISO and shoot until the light won,t allow.I have not tried the 70-200 as of yet so I can,t say I do hear it,s a fast sharp lens.

Hope this helps


Joined in January 2017
Posts: 2
Posted 4 October 2019 - 18:49 CET

i chose 70-200mm lens

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