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Is going from 70-200 F4 to F2.8 a good idea?

 
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Sep 17, 2011 23:39 |  #1

I shoot sports, I like the 70-200 range, and it works great for the things I use it for. BUT, it is too slow, I am thinking, with my new employment I could sell the F4 and upgrade to the 2.8

Is the 70-200 F2.8 a good upgrade or should I keep the 70-200 F4L and then buy a 24-70?


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Sep 17, 2011 23:41 |  #2

I made the upgrade and it was a great decision. I really love the new lens, the 2.8 makes it possible to shoot nighttime games now.


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Sep 17, 2011 23:42 |  #3

mhazlett wrote in post #13120626 (external link)
I made the upgrade and it was a great decision. I really love the new lens, the 2.8 makes it possible to shoot nighttime games now.

Thanks, that was very quick and encouraging!


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Sep 18, 2011 00:07 |  #4

What sorts of sports do you shoot?

If you're outdoors, it will extend the amount of time you'll be able to get acceptable results in dying light (or, perhaps, night games - which I have never shot so I won't comment on). If you're indoors, it might make the difference between an acceptable shot or not.

Since you already have the f/4 it should be pretty easy to figure out the benefit, if any.




  
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Sep 18, 2011 00:09 |  #5

Buying better equipment is always advisable if you can afford it.


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Sep 18, 2011 00:16 |  #6

HeaTransfer wrote in post #13120699 (external link)
What sorts of sports do you shoot?

If you're outdoors, it will extend the amount of time you'll be able to get acceptable results in dying light (or, perhaps, night games - which I have never shot so I won't comment on). If you're indoors, it might make the difference between an acceptable shot or not.

Since you already have the f/4 it should be pretty easy to figure out the benefit, if any.

I shoot volleyball, as well as soccer, I may begin basketball. the extra stop will cut down on my noise level and also allow me to not always need flash (sometimes the officials dont like that)

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Buying better equipment is always advisable if you can afford it.

This is a great point.


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Sep 18, 2011 00:47 |  #7

It depends on whether a single stop is sufficient. If you can work with primes, like the 135 F/2, then you can go even faster, not to mention you'll then be using a lens that is about 1/2 the size and weight, which over the course of an event may factor in to your fatigue levels (and therefore even less camera shake).




  
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Sep 18, 2011 07:38 |  #8

Buying better equipment is always advisable if you can afford it.

Only if you have no other use for the money, the impact on your images is sufficiently large, and there are no downsides to the purchase (like doubling the weight of the lens)

Couldn't you try this? Shoot with the f/4 but with ISO bumped up by a factor of two and see how often you have to go wide open. This would not tell you whether you would benefit from 2 of the benefits of the 2.8--narrower DOF wide open and faster AF performance with some canon cameras--but it would tell you how much the extra stop is worth to you. Would that be enough to settle it for you? (Full disclosure: I have the lens you have and would not 'upgrade' because for my purposes, the extra weight is real minus, I have yet to need the speed, and the money could be spent on other things that had a lot more impact on my photography. However, I don't shoot sports, so this may have no bearing on whether the trade would be a good choice for you.)


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Sep 18, 2011 07:44 as a reply to  @ paddler4's post |  #9

You mention that you are happy with the f4 for outdoors. The 70-200f/2.8 is a great lens. But for indoors I would keep the f4, and purchase the 135L and 85 1.8 for the indoor work. Not only will you still have a good zoom, but two new primes that work very well.

I have all of the above lenses, except the f4. So I have experience with them and it is why I made this post.


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Sep 18, 2011 07:49 |  #10

yea it is. if your considering it just do it lol




  
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Sep 18, 2011 08:17 as a reply to  @ Brian_R's post |  #11

If you need 2.8 it is...


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Sep 18, 2011 13:40 as a reply to  @ argyle's post |  #12

I feel The 70-200 f2.8 may (and shall) be used as a replacement for anything in the 70-200 range.

If you have a new generation body, you can certainly increase the ISO to 'get' the shot.

For the way I shoot, I will not ever buy something with in the 70-200 IS2's range.

For the money, you get a lens that is as sharp as the 135L, and VERY versital.


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Sep 18, 2011 13:47 |  #13
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Keep your F4 and pick up a 135L and 85 1.8. Much more flexibility for indoor usage




  
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Sep 18, 2011 13:58 |  #14

I'd rather have the 2.8 for sure. Just make sure you know the weight difference between the two. The f2.8 is heavy!


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Sep 18, 2011 15:30 |  #15

Yes especially the newer one. I upgraded from the MK I to the MK II and that was even a great upgrade.
PS might I also suggest not selling the other? I always like having backups and spares.




  
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