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Sell 70-200 f4 IS and buy the new 2,8 version ?

 
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Jan 04, 2011 14:17 |  #1

The 70-200 f4 IS is a superb lense.
One of my most used.
When i bought it - it was because the 2,8 version at that time didnt had the same IQ.
But now as Canon has given us the new 70-200 f2,8 L IS MkII - then it looks like things are different.

So I want to buy the new 2,8 IS monster - but not sure - I love the f4 IS that I have.

But I often wish I had 2,8 -- :)

Is it anyone out there who has done it ? Or maybe consider doing so?


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Jan 04, 2011 14:26 |  #2

I have never used the 2.8 IS, but I had the 2.8 non-IS for a very short while and now have the f/4 IS. If you shoot indoor often and don't mind the size and weight - go for it! Those who do have it are very happy. I just wish it was a little more compact is all - but you really can't go wrong with it.


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Jan 04, 2011 14:27 |  #3

If you really need f/2.8, then you won't be disappointed.
Note however that the weight and size "downgrade" is very noticable and may be a showstopper for some users.


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Jan 04, 2011 14:33 |  #4

CheshireCat wrote in post #11572530 (external link)
------Note however that the weight and size "downgrade" is very noticable and may be a showstopper for some users.

I have the 100-400 -- and dont find that too heavy - ---


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Jan 04, 2011 14:34 |  #5

Do you need the extra stop?


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Jan 04, 2011 14:37 |  #6

I did exactly that. I don't regret it...the mkii looks better with my 1.4x tc, and I love it at f 2.8 on my 5d for portraits. It is significantly bigger than the 4 IS is, though.


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Jan 04, 2011 14:39 |  #7

timnosenzo wrote in post #11572582 (external link)
Do you need the extra stop?

Well - what do we really need :) ( joke)

From time to time I wish I had it - teh extra stop- I shoot pretty much outside - all seasons - mornings and evenings- ---
But not sports . Very little.


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Jan 04, 2011 14:50 |  #8

Well, I have both of these lenses. I really only use the f/2.8 version when I'm doing weddings, and even at weddings I only use it during the ceremony - otherwise I use primes for everything else. I need the extra speed for weddings, but I hate how big and bulky it is.

When I do want a tele zoom for personal stuff, the f/4 version is great because it's so compact and lightweight, and it's an excellent lens. For me, if I stopped doing weddings I'd sell my f/2.8 - I just don't use it otherwise


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Jan 04, 2011 14:52 |  #9

I use the 2.8 for tennis. Some days from 8 to 4+. It is heavy but I have gained 2" on my biceps.


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Jan 04, 2011 15:33 as a reply to  @ Voaky999's post |  #10

Rent the 2.8 version first before buying it...

I thought about buying it but rented it first. It was a good thing I rented first because, for me, the weight and size bothered me. The lens was the MKII version and it was extremely, extremely good. But for my photography style, f/2.8 didn't offer that many benefits over f/4. So I got the f/4 version.

Just rent the f/2.8 version first. Then ask yourself, "do I really need the extra shutter speed?". For me, if I want shutter speed, I go for primes faster than f/2. So it was pointless for me to get the 70-200mm f/2.8 version.

People have different needs and tastes though. The f/2.8 MK II version is a truly awesome lens but it did not suit me.




  
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Jan 04, 2011 15:38 as a reply to  @ Yesac13's post |  #11

i traded my 2.8 IS v1 for a f4 IS because of the size and weight. i guess you can call me a weakling and a woosie but i dont shoot much indoors anyway. :p




  
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Jan 04, 2011 15:49 |  #12

Yesac13 wrote in post #11572983 (external link)
Rent the 2.8 version first before buying it...

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I wish I could - No such thing as " rent lens " here i Norway.
But I guess I have too to the shop and carry it around there for a while - :)

Is the IQ on par or even better then the f4 ?


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Jan 04, 2011 16:02 |  #13

Its basically the same IQ as the F4 IS version. For me the size and weight wasn't worth the 2.8 so I sent it back. The F4 IS is a feather compared to the 2.8 MKII. I have primes if I need to go under F4 and I don't really shoot events.




  
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Jan 04, 2011 16:20 |  #14

I WANT the f2.8 but my problem is the f4 is simply more ... versatile. Same reach, but it's the type of lens I can bring with me more places... for further uses

The 2.8 is too big and heavy to sort of be a "carry around" lens... unfortunately... :(


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Jan 04, 2011 16:40 as a reply to  @ kaitlyn2004's post |  #15

Everytime...

Every time I carry my 300mm f/4L IS, which is actually a tiny bit lighter in weight than the 70-200mm f/2.8L (series) lens, for a long day of walk-around shooting; I am happy that I selected the f4L IS version.

I can carry my f/4L IS AND AN EXTRA CAMERA (30D) at the same weight as the f/2.8L lens alone. My other camera/lens is the 30D and 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.

I very much prefer to use a pair of cameras since that eliminates or greatly reduces the need to change lenses in the field along with the inherent problems of frequent field lens changing such as the great possibility of missing a shot while changing lenses, of dust on the sensor or the lesser possibility of dropping the lens while changing.


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