ok so i'm new to this, been on the rumors site for well over a year, but never signed up. My girlfriend is starting a business (I'm helping out), and as we are starting to get clients, we are looking for the best option for a new lens for half body/face shots. My gut instinct is one of the 70-200 models. I know it's all subjective as to what people would pick when dealing with the downfalls of each, but here are my thoughts...
-80-200 af-s is good price compared, but lacks vr and is still said to have a bit of falloff, although i'm not sure if the falloff kills the sharpness in the corners like the VRI. This right now is my first choice due to the price and the image quality.
-70-200 VRI is cheaper than the II (although the prices seem to be growing together at this point.. VRI going up and VRII comign down). The VR has the correct reach, but terrible corners. So my thought would be to get a 1.4 teleconverter to chop alot of the bad corners for portrait work. Leave it bare for normal everyday shooting where corner sharpness not as much important.
-VRII has great corners and sharpness, but the reach is compromised for close up face shots. So i'm basically in the same boat as with the VRI... get a teleconvert, but in this case to extend the reach rather than chop the bad corners.
What do you guys think? Keep in mind this lens is going to be more for portrait work so it will be stopped down to F8 to F11 most of the time. I'm on a bit of a budget, but i dont' want to skimp either. I have a d300, but definitely would like to upgrade to FF in the future so even thought the corner isn't an issue now, it will be. When i get the money, i plan on renting them, but i doubt i'll find an 80-200 for rental anywhere. so i would like some direction before hand.