Thinking of upgrading to a 70-200mm f2.8 lens? We test four leading options and give our verdict
Upgrade to a 70-200mm f2.8 lens for premium build quality and top-level performance. Here are
the leading fab four options for DSLRs
For extending the telephoto reach of DSLRS, 70-300mm are often the preferred budget option. They tend to be reasonably priced, fairly lightweight and easily manageable. But they don’t quite cut it with discerning enthusiast and professional photographers. Image quality tends to be good rather than great and autofocus speed can be a bit pedestrian. Worse still, the widest available aperture at the long end of the zoom range usually shrinks to a disappointing f5.6, so you can be left feeling the need for speed.
step up to a 70-200mm f2.8 lens and you’ll get a much brighter viewfinder image for greater clarity when composing shots. You’ll also be able to use faster shutter speeds for freezing motion, with less need to bump up your ISO setting under dull lighting conditions. This is especially useful in sports and wildlife photography, for which these lenses are ideal. An extra bonus is that the combination of a 200mm focal length and f2.8 aperture gives you a tight depth of field, perfect for isolating the main subject in a composition against a blurred background. Indeed, these lenses are often favoured for tight head-and-shoulders portraiture at weddings and other events.
naturally, a 70-200mm lens won’t give you as much outright telephoto reach as a 70300mm. However, all of the lenses on test are compatible with 2x teleconverters, enabling an even greater maximum focal length of 400mm. There’s a considerable difference in purchase prices for our four contenders, so let’s see what each one has to offer.
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