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Straight talk on the 70-200mm IS II

 
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Jan 06, 2011 19:45 |  #16

Simply put, I made a major mistake renting one for a wedding in October. It's extremely good, and now I want one.



  
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Jan 06, 2011 19:50 |  #17

Yup, it's that good. Believe the hype.


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Jan 06, 2011 20:19 |  #18

pyrojim wrote in post #11584845 (external link)
So, really is the new 70-200mm just that good? Is it the stuff dreams are made of?

Make no mistake, yes it is that good and yes it is the stuff dreams are made of.

Dr.Pete wrote in post #11588461 (external link)
Yup, it's that good. Believe the hype.

Plus, you have to trust a guy named Pete.


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Jan 06, 2011 20:25 |  #19

here's the truth......it's really really good, believe me.


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Jan 06, 2011 20:47 |  #20

I'm loving mine. I also highly recommend the 1.4x TC. Just bought my extender yesterday and took a bunch of shots outside and indoors. So far I see no difference in image quality. Super sharp images.
Obviously losing a stop hurts indoors but not a big deal.


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Jan 06, 2011 21:18 as a reply to  @ post 11585803 |  #21

Sounds like youre a bit jealous of your friend. Jk jk. I'm sure he'll give a chance to use it.




  
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Jan 06, 2011 21:28 as a reply to  @ akarbass's post |  #22

I got one, even though I don't usually shoot that range, have only shot it a total of about 6 times since I owned it, and I still giggle like a schoolgirl every time I load up my pics from it. :). There really is something ridiculous about this lens...

All that said, the best lens on the planet isn't worth it if you don't have a real budget for it...and this isn't a cheap lens. If you can pick one up without going broke, though, you won't regret it.


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Jan 06, 2011 22:15 |  #23

Dr.Pete wrote in post #11588461 (external link)
Yup, it's that good. Believe the hype.

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Jan 06, 2011 22:23 |  #24

Overread wrote in post #11585540 (external link)
Furthermore its good enough to work excelently with a 1.4TC and very usably with a 2*TC (with the 2*TC m2 it gets image quality equal to the 100-400mm L and the new M3 TCs are said to have great AF speed bonuses over the M2)

Sorry, the speed improvements of the new M3 TCs are not seen on this lens.




  
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Jan 06, 2011 22:29 |  #25

It's a great lens love it




  
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Jan 06, 2011 22:37 |  #26

billythek wrote in post #11589321 (external link)
Sorry, the speed improvements of the new M3 TCs are not seen on this lens.

Please elaborate. I am on the fence between the II and III and would like hear your thoughts. As it stands I would only spend extra on the III to gain AF speed.


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Jan 06, 2011 22:45 |  #27

Don't buy into the hype! It's a terrible lens, and you will never be happy with it. Slow AF, cheap build quality, soft images throughout the zoom range, loud AF, and completely useless IS.

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Jan 07, 2011 01:10 |  #28

From the feedback so far, it appears to be a measurable improvement, especially wide open. But the older model is an excellent performer as well! Let's not be very quick to talk down the mk1. It was... sorry...IS a bread earner for many and was/is highly spoken of!

Look at many a real world pictures and applications and I'm sure most won't notice a 40%+ difference, possibly no difference at all in many cases with outdoor, good light and narrower apertures!Check out the sample pictures on many review sites (for ex. the-digital-picture) and tell me the sample pics by mk1 are bad!

Don't get me wrong, not saying that the new lens is not an improvement(Color me guilty, I'm getting one too). What I'm saying is that the old one can be had for "cheap" and is value for money, now more than ever!

I just find it ridiculous that how *almost* every recommendation in the 70-200 range automatically has suffix of "mk2".




  
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Jan 07, 2011 01:20 |  #29

dgsphoto wrote in post #11590021 (external link)
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I just find it ridiculous that how *almost* every recommendation in the 70-200 range automatically has suffix of "mk2".

Good points on the MkI, but the above snippet is true in any thread where there's a disparity between "levels" of lenses; it just happens that the 70-200 has the most options in one focal length than the others.


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Jan 07, 2011 01:29 |  #30

Actually I find it funny that so many 70-200 F/2.8 IS owners used to defend the mk1 and say how good it was etc, and then it appears everyone suddenly seems to want to upgrade.

Sure the mk1 wasn't a bad lens, but it wasn't exactly the pinnacle of lenses when used wide open, which is why people bought the F/2.8 version. I had no desire to own the mk1, but certainly wouldn't mind a mk2 version.




  
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