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70-200 F4 IS. Is there a competitor or is it completely in a class of it's own?

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dan_bgblue wrote in post #8730267external link
70-200 F4 IS. Is there a competitor or is it completely in a class of it's own?

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There is currently no 3rd party competitor to the 7-2 f4 IS.

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Canon usually beats third party lenses. One exception would be the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. You won't find any 3rd party lens with anywhere near the IQ of the 70-200mm IS 4.0 L

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Thanks. I know the 70-200 F4 is special, but I was hoping there was something that would get close to IQ in a similar zoom range.

Post #4, Sep 29, 2009 20:19:48 as a reply to nightcat's post 1 hour earlier.


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Sigma 70-200 2.8? no IS of course, but i think that is the only real competition for that focal length

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No, you have to get the Canon. It is just too awesome.

Post #6, Sep 29, 2009 20:43:20


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If you just need better IQ and not IS, nor AF, try my Leica 70-180/2.8 APO lens. Better color, contrast, bokeh than Canon. Not inexpensive, or light weight but I do not mind at all. Note: I also own the EF 70-200/4 L IS lens. And, if I do not need AF, IS and light weight, I'll always grab the Leica APO first.

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I'll give my vote to the Tokina 50-135. The lens is very very sharp and has great IQ...only problem is the slow focusing.

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Dan, I did a lot of research and go the Canon 200 f/4 image stabilized lens. Glad I di, its been one of my best. Canon has this little corner of the world to themselves for now.

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None really...

The 70-200mm f/4L (especially the IS model) is an absolutely awesome lens.

There is really no lens to compete with it for size, weight, focal length and most of all for image quality and autofocus speed.

Post #10, Sep 30, 2009 00:19:55 as a reply to Goodlistener's post 3 hours earlier.


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The 70-200 f/4L IS is truly in a class by itself. No other 70-200 comes close in sharpness. But as gasrocks said the Leica 70-180/2.8 APO matches and even best it in contrast and colors but also costs more.

The 70-200 f/4L IS is not replaceable in my eyes. Super fast AF, rock-solid build, incredible color rendition and contrast, and IS. A wonderful lens.

I just shot with mine tonight at the Yankees game with my cheapo Bower 2X TC. (Had to, I was shooting from the Batter's Eye Seats). The lens never dissapoints, my Bower 2X has to get replaced PRONTO. I really should have rented a 100-400L for this outing, but just didn't have time. That would have been the best option.

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the f4 IS is in a class of its own.,. the 2.8 is a different story however.

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gasrocks wrote in post #8730974external link
If you just need better IQ and not IS, nor AF, try my Leica 70-180/2.8 APO lens. Better color, contrast, bokeh than Canon. Not inexpensive, or light weight but I do not mind at all. Note: I also own the EF 70-200/4 L IS lens. And, if I do not need AF, IS and light weight, I'll always grab the Leica APO first.

I've seen those before, How much does one of those run anyways?

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Weight about 4.1 lb. Used, I see them from $5-7K. Got mine for way less, of course.

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dengar wrote in post #8731079external link
I'll give my vote to the Tokina 50-135. The lens is very very sharp and has great IQ...only problem is the slow focusing.

I had the Pentax version of this lens when I shot for the other team. It was a GREAT lens, comes close to the Canon L (and it's stabilized on Pentax ;) )

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