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May 22, 2010 12:50 |  #1

So i got this lens last year and i've only used it a hand full of times (i shoot on crop). Can't use it indoors, not a good walk around lens (70 is too long), if i do outdoor portraits i prefer 85 1.8 (lighter, faster, sharper...), and as a telephoto 200 is not long enough, LoL!
I love this lens, it's beautifully made, IQ is superb, build is excellent but i just wish i could put this to use more.
This is supposed to be a lot of ppl's workhorse so what does everybody use their 70-200 for?


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May 22, 2010 13:01 |  #2

These are from a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, but the idea is the same:

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Leave home. Find moving objects of interesting colors and shapes. Point the lens and camera at those objects while they're still moving. Push the shutter button. Take pictures (all of the above happened on the same day).



  
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May 22, 2010 13:43 |  #3

Li_Photo wrote in post #10226975 (external link)
So i got this lens last year and i've only used it a hand full of times (i shoot on crop). Can't use it indoors, not a good walk around lens (70 is too long), if i do outdoor portraits i prefer 85 1.8 (lighter, faster, sharper...), and as a telephoto 200 is not long enough, LoL!
I love this lens, it's beautifully made, IQ is superb, build is excellent but i just wish i could put this to use more.
This is supposed to be a lot of ppl's workhorse so what does everybody use their 70-200 for?

I agree that 70 on crop can be a bit on the long side, which is why I've been known to dream about a Canon 50-135/2.8 IS.

Anyway, why did you say "Can't use it indoors"?! The 70-200/2.8 IS rules indoor events (like weddings).

I recently shot my best friend's daughter's birthday party with the 17-55 and 100L, and frequently found myself wishing for a 70-200/2.8 IS (for flexibility and for more reach)!

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May 22, 2010 15:07 |  #4

Unless you are shooting sports, it can be a bit long on crop. The solution is to add a full frame body and then this lens really shines for portraits.


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May 22, 2010 17:02 |  #5

I use mine at just about every grandchild/great niece/nephew birthday party. It was great at those first birthdays where the kid eats cake for the first time and gets it all over. I can get great close-ups and not block folks view.

I get asked to take photos at wedding receptions and always take it for that. Great for getting candids.

Not my first or second lens and not even in my bag all the time but I wouldn't want to part with it.

I have heard of folks using it as a walk-a-round lens and it must have been on a full frame as I agree it would be a bit long for that on a crop body.


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May 22, 2010 17:05 |  #6

I can help you by giving you my address to send it to me? jk

I think these guys have wonderful suggestions. I find it hard to mess with heavier, bulkier equipment in general.

seems like a good portrait lens, sports/action lens, zoo? haha I am not sure! take a walk with it and build a relationship and understanding. I don't have the lens myself but it's what I would do.


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May 22, 2010 18:05 |  #7

Seems like me and the OP are in the exact same boat. I rarely shoot sports, when i go out and shoot.. i find myself using the sigma 30 1.4 and 100L macro almost exclusively.. It's what i pack in my pack along with my flashes. The 70-200 stays at home all the time b/c it doesn't see enough use and well.. it's heavy (and i have a f/4 -_- ).

Just got the 15-85.. might change things up abit :D


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May 22, 2010 18:10 |  #8

If you don´t know what to do with it, give it to me :D In return you will get copyright to every photo I take with this lens.


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May 22, 2010 18:13 |  #9

Li_Photo wrote in post #10226975 (external link)
This is supposed to be a lot of ppl's workhorse so what does everybody use their 70-200 for?

Landscape photography!

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No but seriously, the 70-200 is more or less permanently attached on my 7D. Anything that moves is fair game for that lens+camera combo but other things as well. Nature & wildlife are my primary subjects with this lens but it does well for portraits and yes even landscapes on occasion.

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May 22, 2010 19:46 as a reply to  @ denoir's post |  #10

I find the 100->200mm range pretty boring personally, but it comes down to how you shoot. 70-100mm though I find good for candid moments. > 200mm things start to get interesting again.

One place the lens would suit on a crop camera though is many sports. I've used my 70-300IS for triathlons before and it the 70-200 would've been fine (though F/2.8 not necessary).

I'm suspect it works well at weddings, but I'm sure one would want a shorter lens available on another body.




  
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May 22, 2010 23:02 |  #11

thanks everyone for the reply.

DC Fan: i need to get myself to more of those events. haven't been to a race in a while!

RetroBlader: when i say can't use it indoor i meant it's too long for most indoor use (i.e., inside the home). I got the 24-70L on the way so that's what i'm gonna be using for indoor shots.

Tom_D: i can see myself shooting outdoor parties with it. i think it would work out well in that range.

MMX: LoL, maybe if you do playboy shoots i might consider :lol:

Jdmhood: yeah, this lens is HEAVY! can't see myself hand holding it all day doing portraits

denoir: very cool! surprised to see 70-200 on landscape photography. i use 10-22 for my landscape shoots.


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May 22, 2010 23:07 as a reply to  @ Li_Photo's post |  #12

I don't think I've ever heard anyone voice this situation.

You usually hear it in the form of "I can't justify keeping this lens" or "The lens just sits in my bag" over in the Classifieds section. At least that's what I equate it to.

You've picked the right place to turn to though. POTN will definitely get you on track.


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May 22, 2010 23:21 |  #13

I sold my 70-200/4 IS for exactly this reason. If I were shooting full frame it would probably never come off the camera but on a crop it just doesn't work for me. Too short for wildlife and too long for walking around town.


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May 23, 2010 04:33 |  #14

Li_Photo wrote in post #10229174 (external link)
surprised to see 70-200 on landscape photography. i use 10-22 for my landscape shoots.

Tele's are wonderful for scapes when you want to keep the focus on a particular area. If you see an area that is interesting and use a wide angle lens, that interesting area can get lost in the image due to all the other details that are crammed into the photograph.


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May 23, 2010 05:56 |  #15

Would a teleconverter fix your "too short for whatever" problem?




  
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