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canon 70-200mm f2.8 ii or f4??????

 
snapshot2011
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Sep 25, 2011 03:36 |  #1

I am looking at a 70-200mm.


I like the 2.8 for the factor that i can use it more indoor, shows, concerts, awards nights.


Pros and cons that you have noticed for each lens?

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Sep 25, 2011 03:39 |  #2

You should also consider the Sigma 70-200 F/2.8 OS. You can find private sellers offering them for $1200-$1250.


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Sep 25, 2011 03:45 |  #3

If money is not your consideration; close your eyes and buy 2.8


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Sep 25, 2011 03:56 |  #4

the 2.8 is the one I am steering to.

Apart from the price, are there any other advantages to the f/4?


I read somewhere that its sharper?


i assume for the price, the 2.8 is also sharp enough?




  
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Sep 25, 2011 04:39 |  #5

Replaced my 70-200 IS f/2.8 with the mark ii version - best lens I've ever used. Completely worth it.


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Sep 25, 2011 07:25 |  #6

The f/4 is not sharper than the most recent version of the f/2.8 IS. It is only against the previous f/2.8 IS that the f/4 is a little sharper.

The current 70-200/2.8 IS II is the sharpest 70-200 of all. The only downsides to this lens are cost and size/weight.


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Sep 25, 2011 12:19 |  #7

Get the 2.8 Canon, you'll never regret it.




  
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Sep 25, 2011 14:12 |  #8

rick_reno wrote in post #13160304 (external link)
Get the 2.8 Canon, you'll never regret it.

EVER.


Thus far, it is the one lens that I have used on my 7D that has truly impressed me with the ability to render detail. the only other lens that comes close is the sigma 30 but that is based upon LOOK AND FEEL of the image. not overall resolution(which is also impressive with that lens)


Every shot I have taken with the IS2(on any camera, film, digital in 3 crops) has been rudely sharp. its truly incredible.

take a quick look at this thread that I started a few months back....

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=981737


IN particular post #23, which is really a great image.


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Sep 25, 2011 14:16 |  #9

Be sure you want to handle the weight of
the F2.8! Otherwise,it's superb. But the F4 L IS is amazing as a well.Cannot go wrong.

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Sep 25, 2011 15:03 |  #10

+1 above I went with the F4 after trying the 2.8 as it's much larger and heavier. But I mainly shoot outdoor in sunlight so did not need the 2.8, used the money I saved and got a 430EX II which solves any light problems up to about 40' anyway.


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Sep 25, 2011 16:06 |  #11

snapshot2011 wrote in post #13159040 (external link)
Apart from the price, are there any other advantages to the f/4?

It's smaller and lighter.

The f4 IS is an amazing lens and much lighter and smaller then the f2.8 IS mark II.

But the 2.8 is just as amazing and if you need the extra stop then there's no way around it. If you don't need the extra stop then it's nice to save the money and weight and go with the f4




  
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Sep 25, 2011 17:32 |  #12

I admit one lesson in life I and many friends have learnt.


If you want quality, you have to pay for it.

IMO, it applies to everything I have owned, yes I try to settle with the cheaper alternative, but does it cut it?.....does it make me feel happy?.......will I always be thinking about the more expensive item having settled for the cheaper 'could have been'?


If your fully into photography as an amateur I think going for a $$$$$ gear is a great move, on the other hand if your a pro then its hands down the higher price, you can pay it off.

One thing I learnt about photography is that with SLR/DSLR it can be overwhelmingly expensive.

If I didnt want to make $$ from it or have it as a serious interest, I would be equipped with a point and shoot only, like I had been for the last 20 years


Thanks for the replies,


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Sep 25, 2011 18:32 |  #13

If it's within your budget (not going into debt over it, no special credit "deals", etc) then go for the Mk II. I picked it up at full retail when it originally shipped, have used it maybe a dozen times, and it's STILL been worth the money I put into it. I'm amazed by the results every time I have a situation to use that lens in.


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Sep 25, 2011 19:01 |  #14

The 70-200 f2.8L IS II is the best lens in the 70-200 category period. I have tried the others and nothing can match it. If you want the best get it. If you can stand a little less the f4L IS and the Sigma 2.8 OS are pretty good.


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Sep 25, 2011 19:05 |  #15

I was in the same situation in January this year.
I was looking at both lens.
I went to the local shop and tried both of them on my 40d.
I ended up with the f/4 due to the weight of the 2.8. The 2.8 for me was just way too heavy. i felt like i would not want to carry that thing around all day so that made my choice really easy. Its not like im a little guy either. 6'5 , 100kgs.
The f/4 is a great lens. I dont get out as much as i like but whenever i do use it, it rocks.


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