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Jan 13, 2011 13:26 |  #1

Should I just save money to go for 70-200 f4, because i'll probably shoot daylight action shots, some daylight portrait, am not gonna use it for night shot, if so i can use my wireless flash, so give me some idea :)


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Jan 13, 2011 13:28 |  #2

Buy/rent the 55-250 IS lens, use it for a while with and without IS and then you will know the answer. None of us know how steady you are.


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Jan 13, 2011 13:29 |  #3

This topics been discussed to death, if you do a search for 70-200mm - you'll get a few recent threads with good answers.

I've owned both and say if you have the budget, get the IS version. If not, then get the non-IS. The IS version has better optics and the IS is great to have - especially for portraits.


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Jan 13, 2011 14:46 |  #4

Put it that way... a cheapo Sigma that I used when I had a 400D I could never hold steady....

IS is definitely helpful on a tele-lens.
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Jan 13, 2011 14:48 |  #5

The difference between the 70-200F4 and the F4IS is more than just image stabilization. The IS version is a complete optical upgrade, its a sharper lens. Possibly the sharpest canon zoom up until the 2.8MKII was released. IS makes a huge difference in the ways you can use this lens. I've had both version and if you can, get the IS.




  
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Jan 13, 2011 14:58 |  #6

I've owned both and they are both superb lenses.
In my experience the IS model is just a tad sharper but this could be due to more 'keepers' due to less camera shake, or more than likely psycological due to me spending a load of money on it after owning the non-IS version for a year!

I don't know how I ever managed without the IS and my advice is if you can afford it get the IS version, but you won't be disapointed by the non-IS version as long as you hold it steady.


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Jan 13, 2011 14:59 |  #7

jakele_x wrote in post #11633227 (external link)
Should I just save money to go for 70-200 f4, because i'll probably shoot daylight action shots, some daylight portrait, am not gonna use it for night shot, if so i can use my wireless flash, so give me some idea :)

If you're going to use it for action shots , no you really don't need IS . For the portrait shots , that depends on how steady you are. You can always find a way to steady yourself.


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Jan 13, 2011 15:01 |  #8

gonzogolf wrote in post #11633798 (external link)
The difference between the 70-200F4 and the F4IS is more than just image stabilization. The IS version is a complete optical upgrade, its a sharper lens. Possibly the sharpest canon zoom up until the 2.8MKII was released. IS makes a huge difference in the ways you can use this lens. I've had both version and if you can, get the IS.

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Jan 13, 2011 15:02 |  #9

The IS will useful if down the road you want to add a TC


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Jan 13, 2011 15:15 |  #10

Why is IS useful with a TC?


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Jan 13, 2011 15:20 as a reply to  @ gasrocks's post |  #11

As everyone has said, if you can afford it get the IS version. It's amazingly sharp. I couldn't afford that one so I have the non-IS and I still think it's a great lens. Over 90% of the time I use it for outdoor sports and am shooting at shutter speeds where the IS would not be any benefit. Keep in mind that IS is not the only difference between the two, the IS version is generally regarded as one of the sharpest Canon zoom lenses.


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Jan 13, 2011 15:26 |  #12

get the IS model, you can find them for $400-$450 more than the 70-200f4 used.



  
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Jan 13, 2011 15:55 |  #13

If you can afford a IS version, get that.
It will not only help you reduce wasted photos, it will also help you frame the shot easier.


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Jan 13, 2011 16:08 |  #14

jakele_x wrote in post #11633227 (external link)
Should I just save money to go for 70-200 f4, because i'll probably shoot daylight action shots, some daylight portrait, am not gonna use it for night shot, if so i can use my wireless flash, so give me some idea :)

You don't need it in daylight, it won't help with action. But the IS version of those lenses are sharper! You can decide whether or not you need that ;)


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Jan 13, 2011 16:27 |  #15

Pasukun wrote in post #11634278 (external link)
If you can afford a IS version, get that.
It will not only help you reduce wasted photos, it will also help you frame the shot easier.

How's that ?


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