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The 70-200 f2.8L is II ruined my life!

 
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Aug 07, 2011 07:29 |  #31

A very solid and awesome lens. It is heavy...especially after a full day taking pictures...




  
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Aug 07, 2011 08:18 |  #32

I only have the 70-210 F3.5 and I loved it on my film rebel camera but on my crop bodies the 70 just isn't wide enough to keep the lens on all the time. I would suppose though that most people who spend the money on the f2.8 would have a FF camera.




  
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Aug 07, 2011 09:25 |  #33

To bring this back to the OP's original train of thought, actually the 200 2.8 is a nice lens. I had it for quite a while. I also have a 70-200 2.8 non-IS ( version 1 ). While my old 70-200 is no match for the new vs2, it really ain't no slouch. The 200 2.8 prime compared favorably to the zoom, and if you are shooting at 200 most of or all of the time, it makes sense to get it instead of a zoom, because it's lighter and cheaper. It's an excellent lens, I would encourage you to try one out. If you don't like it after a year or two, you can sell it and get essentially all your money back out of it.

Compared to my zoom, it was a little more contrasty, the colors were a little deeper, and it may have been a little sharper. To my eye though, the differences were not enough to make it really my "go to" lens. I always chose the more convenient zoom, so I sold the prime.

And then I bought the 200 f/2.....and now we are talking a whole different animal.....


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Aug 07, 2011 15:39 |  #34

FredM wrote in post #12890910 (external link)
Yeah but for me financially 2.8 isn't worth it. If I had the cash to swing a 24-105mmL and a 70-200mm 2.8 I would, but I cannot justify it.

I had the cash to swing both and went for the 70-200 mark II instead. I justify the price by the awesome pictures it produces :p.


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Aug 08, 2011 22:38 |  #35

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Actually staying in DC tonight down the street from the National Zoo. If the rain is gone by morning I will be heading up with my 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II on my 7D. Yes that 70-200 Mark II is one hell of a lens.



How did that work out for you? I went on sunday with the 200mm 2.8 II, but I had kids with me so I didn't get to shoot as much as I would have liked. Still had fun though, dodging the rain!


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Aug 09, 2011 13:49 |  #36

I think you would have found that if your lens went to 300, it would have been at that all the time too. DC keeps you pretty far from the action for the most part.

(Both great lenses btw)


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Aug 11, 2011 09:57 |  #37

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I think you would have found that if your lens went to 300, it would have been at that all the time too. DC keeps you pretty far from the action for the most part.

(Both great lenses btw)

You are correct! Specially the Big Cats and the Elephants. I think you can survive with a 70-200 for almost averything else. Heck I even kept the 70-200 at 2.8 and 800 iso for indoor stuff that came out great!


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Aug 11, 2011 12:21 as a reply to  @ J_O_S_H_U_A's post |  #38

Its not THAT heavy....

really people.


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Aug 11, 2011 12:45 |  #39

When I come up on a little money, I'll be selling my f/4 for the f/2.8 is II.


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Aug 11, 2011 13:06 |  #40

pyrojim wrote in post #12917098 (external link)
Its not THAT heavy....

really people.

Compared to other lenses of its size and focal length it is. After a 5 hr shooting day, you wish it was lighter!


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Aug 11, 2011 13:23 |  #41

I like heavy Lenses, I sometimes wish mine were heavier.


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Aug 11, 2011 15:28 |  #42

Just recently saved up enough to get this lens myself. Because of this lens, my 550D is going to see a lot more action with the other lenses I have since I won't be taking this L off of my 7D for a long long time. :) It's a fun lens to shoot with.


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Aug 13, 2011 22:05 |  #43

Just got mine!!!


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Aug 14, 2011 02:12 |  #44

J_O_S_H_U_A wrote in post #12889546 (external link)
On another note, I did notice that 95% of what I shot was 200mm@ f2.8 SO I figure I'd save $1500 and acquired a 200mm f2.8L II . . . lets see how that goes ;)



If people would examine their EXIF, they would do like I did !!! probably more than 80% (not to say 90%) their pictures are more or less taken @both ends of the zooms ;) !!
Then, if you imagine the margin of low light shooting you get by having a fast prime !!!
My conclusion was , why carry 24-70 + 70-200 :rolleyes: if with just a much lighter and pocket-able combo like S24F1.8+E85F1.8+EF200L​F2.8 I get 90% of pictures :lol: plus pictures I would never get with a zoom in low light situations !


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Aug 14, 2011 02:52 |  #45

newworld666 wrote in post #12931672 (external link)
If people would examine their EXIF, they would do like I did !!! probably more than 80% (not to say 90%) their pictures are more or less taken @both ends of the zooms ;) !!

The problem is that both ends of the zoom are not in one package (making it exceedingly less convenient). Also, the 200 2.8 doesn't have IS.

Just to note...


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