I'm looking for a lightweight telephoto lens for my Nikon D700 body, with a focal length around 300mm, good sharpness and AF. After several days with the 70-200 vrII handheld, I found this lens too big and heavy. I usually prefer the prime lenses, but all the good ~300mm prime I know weight 1.5kg or more.
I will use it mostly for sport, wildlife and landscape. A bonus point if it is bright enough for a use in dark concert stages :)
The only two lightweight options I considered for now are
- Nikon 70-300mm VR (750g, F5.6@300mm)
- Nikon 180mm (760g) + 1.4x TC (F4@250mm)
Have you any recommandation on these possibilities ? e.g. with third party lenses. I'm in love with my 85mm 1.4G, but I have the feeling that I won't be able to get the same quality at 300mm without carrying expensive kilos of glasses.