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Nov 18, 2011 10:59 |  #1

I have a chance to upgrade my 70-200 2.8 IS ver. 1 to a like new Ver. 2.
I would like to hear from any and all people who have made this same transition.
Was it worth it and why? --- I need all the reasons I can get to convince the Finance Committee Chairman (AKA -WIFE)!




  
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Nov 18, 2011 11:01 |  #2

I haven't yet made the upgrade but a friend of mine has and he said it was the best move he's made.


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Nov 18, 2011 11:50 |  #3

What are you wanting to gain with the new version that you find lacking in the 1st version?




  
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Nov 18, 2011 12:03 |  #4

jra wrote in post #13417893 (external link)
What are you wanting to gain with the new version that you find lacking in the 1st version?

I think that's what he's trying to figure out...


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Nov 18, 2011 12:03 |  #5

{subscribed} .. i want a 70-200 2.8 and dont know the differences between 1 & 2 other than price.. so will be nice to see what yall got to say...


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Nov 18, 2011 12:17 |  #6

I have shot extensively with both. Version II has a 4 stop IS and a retains image quality throughout the entire range.... but only YOU can really say if it is worth it for you to spend the money.

I think it is the best lens Canon makes based on quality and usefulness, and to me, it is worth every penny.


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Nov 18, 2011 13:10 |  #7

Looking to improve on Quality of output -- to the extent of more quality throughout the entire focal range. Trouble is that it is really hard to improve on a "already" high quality lens. I shoot alot of birds -mostly with my 400 5.6., and my grandkids sports. But I had the idea I could have another more versatile birding if I coupled the 70-200 with my 1.4 TC. I tried this setup at home on my lunch hour with my present ver. 1 70-200 -- and I was surprised with the quality with just a few shots. The whole shift to the next ver. may not be worth it? Problem is that I can get quite a GREAT deal on the newer ver2!, -- but it will mean spending 4-5 hundred difference!?




  
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Nov 18, 2011 14:06 |  #8

I don't have either, but from what I've seen here and on lens review sites, the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is among the sharpest and highest quality lenses Canon has ever produced, and definitely has an advantage over the original f/2.8 IS. Take a look at what the folks at Photozone.de had to say about the f/2.8L IS II (review conclusion is at bottom of the page):
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Nov 18, 2011 17:26 as a reply to  @ stsva's post |  #9

I went from the mk1 to the F4is as the f4 was a bit sharper but then I got the mk2 and my findings are, silent and better IS, bit faster on focus speed, and sharper wide open, forgot to mention a better fitting hood.


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Nov 18, 2011 19:37 |  #10

Got to be some friends here who have done this exact swap from ver 1 to ver 2!

Oops sorry, malla 1962, I guess you DID make the transition -- but not directly -thanks




  
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Nov 24, 2011 04:16 |  #11

Everyone I know who has migrated to the 70-200 MkII from the MkI (roughly a dozen photographers .. All working pros) has said it's one of the best things they've ever done for their photography and the upgrade was well worth it.


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Nov 24, 2011 05:06 |  #12

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13444580 (external link)
Everyone I know who has migrated to the 70-200 MkII from the MkI (roughly a dozen photographers .. All working pros) has said it's one of the best things they've ever done for their photography and the upgrade was well worth it.

Have heard the same, and read the same here. Obviously you have to justify the money spent though.


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Nov 24, 2011 05:42 |  #13

shot with ver.1 before (not mine); now own ver.2.
My impression is that ver.2 is better in every aspect except weight and price. Is it worth the price difference? Everyone has his own thought. To me, I want the best: Sharpness through out the range, effective and silent IS. I consider ver.2 to be a state-of-art lens and worth every penny I paid.


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Nov 24, 2011 07:33 |  #14
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I have only tried the first version so I can not give any personal opinions on the MK II, but every Canon shooter who I have talked to says that the MKII is superior in every way.




  
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