70-200mm zoom lens is one of the “must-have” lens for photographer. 70-200mm is a multi-purpose range which is suitable for indoor/outdoor, sport/portrait, snap/studio.
Between the f4 and f2.8 is a difficult decision to make. In general, the large aperture gives more flexibility to shot in different light situation and f2.8 gives better separation between the subject and background.
However, despite the price tag, the f2.8 version is too heavy and bulky than f4. Most f2.8 version, e.g. Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII, weights over 1.5kg which is almost a double of the f4 version.
That’s the reason why i finally choose Nikon 70-200mm f4. It is compact, handy and most importantly, the image quality is superb. I enjoy bringing it with me from place to place. Per my experience, the f4 version is proved to be a gear capable of shooting flowers, birds, kids, action and even plane. Although you can’t compare her range with a 300mm or 400mm lens (also their weight are not comparable too), I find it is good enough for a photography like me who are definitely not a Pro-shooter / reporter / wild life expert.
If you are considering to buy a 70-200mm, I can ensure you this is the zoom range you will never regret. f2.8 and f4, well, you better “taste it” before you buy, try to take some shoots from the f2.8 version for a couple of minutes and if your hand is not shaking, then the f2.8 is the way to go. Personally, i still think the f2.8 has better image quality.
No matter f2.8 or f4 you choose, they are great lens for sure and will enrich your shooting experience.