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Canon 70-200 F/2.8 Mk II - keeping or returning?

 
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Dec 17, 2011 01:41 |  #46

Keeping mine

Well worth the $$


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Dec 17, 2011 01:46 |  #47

i held off having surgery for 18 months so i could buy this lens. you don't need your baby toes anyways


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Dec 17, 2011 02:38 as a reply to  @ bespoke's post |  #48

Keeping mine well worth the money best lens I have ever used bw!


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Dec 17, 2011 03:57 |  #49

keeping it as I have found it to be on my 5D2 80% of the time..lately that is


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Dec 17, 2011 06:49 |  #50

nsfour wrote in post #13557399 (external link)
The old 70-200 is not compatible with 2*TC?? I never knew that. Thanks for letting me know and now that seems to be a big -ve to me as that's what I'm planning to do shooting my son in a basketball court with 400mm @ 5.6.

By the way, thanks alot for your analysis!

Ahh sorry to mislead a little with the wording, Andrew_WOT is indeed correct that a 2*TC can fit to a canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L. However during the whole time that I owned both items (bought at the same time) I only used the 2*TC about 3 times on the lens and each time its performance was less than ideal.

The MII makes a massive change here and the quality is such that I'm happy to leave the 2*TC on the lens for whenever I need that 400mm range from the combo.

Of course quality is always a bit grey as different people have different standards as to what does and does not make the grade for them so there are some who feel that the original combo does work well enough for them; however generally speaking its not the most popular setup; further if you really want to use the lens with a 2*TC more often then the increased cost of the new version is worth the investment.


As an additional point to consider you might want to look into the following options for wide open work indoors.
400mm f5.6 L - cheaper and a prime lens, but much sharper wide open. The 70-200mm + TC combo works well at f5.6, but really shines at f7.1/f8 - whilst the prime beats it wide open very easily for quality.

Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 OS - more in cost, but with a native longer reach and (from what I can gather) sharper even with a 1.4TC to push to a similar working range. I've my eye on this lens myself now mostly as another to pair with a 2*TC for 600mm (instead of aiming for the much more expensive 300mm f2.8 L). Though I'm not fully sold on the idea and I'm further not sure how well this stands alone against the 70-200mm.


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Dec 19, 2011 10:10 |  #51

Andrew_WOT wrote in post #13555737 (external link)
Not sure 70-200 can qualify as walk around lens, but that just me, enjoy and post back later on how did you actually use it.

Not the best pictures out there, but the lens served its purpose.

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Dec 19, 2011 10:21 |  #52

Bazinga wrote in post #13539820 (external link)
If I ever get my hands on one I'll protect it like I would my first born.

the only way i'll get one is to sell my first born




  
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Dec 19, 2011 10:23 |  #53

wjm wrote in post #13567986 (external link)
the only way i'll get one is to sell my first born

Hahahaha!


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Dec 20, 2011 01:59 |  #54

buying this lens i need to cut off 1 hand 1 leg man...
if the price is 1,500, i may consider...


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Dec 20, 2011 02:34 as a reply to  @ post 13540439 |  #55
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Before I tested and bought the 70-200 mk2, I used to be a devoted prime shooter. I ONLY used primes, and I was pretty sure that I hated all zoom lenses.

But now I have sold my 85, and my 135 is about to go the same way.

Nothing can beat the 70-200 mk2.


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Dec 20, 2011 11:33 |  #56

I never heard of any problems with early 70-200 IS II zooms. Just curious why the OP wants a date code?
Got mine a year ago and keep it on my 1D4 90% of the time. Great lens!



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Dec 20, 2011 13:16 |  #57

Almost 5 pages of all good things about this lens (ok, maybe 99%),. But, Im sure the OP already made his decision by this time, no?


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Dec 20, 2011 13:22 |  #58

Probably. I am one of those who returned it. Very nice lens, but wasn't right for me at this point. The IQ was great, but the size, weight and cost were all more than I prefer.

It was worth the hassle to actually try it out and compare with my f4 IS and cost me just a few bucks (b/c I didn't fraudulently claim there was something wrong with it and returned it at my cost).


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Dec 20, 2011 13:38 |  #59

sil40sx wrote in post #13574484 (external link)
Almost 5 pages of all good things about this lens (ok, maybe 99%),. But, Im sure the OP already made his decision by this time, no?


Oh, YES! The package arrived yesterday! And love B&H, they still honored the special price/price match. Been building up my biceps in the mean time.

Thanks to all who have shared their experiences. Now I probably need to find a home for my 70-300 f/4-5.6.




  
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Dec 20, 2011 13:53 |  #60

botw wrote in post #13574497 (external link)
Probably. I am one of those who returned it. Very nice lens, but wasn't right for me at this point. The IQ was great, but the size, weight and cost were all more than I prefer.....

Weight and cost,.. thats the biggest disadvantage.

Roxie2401 wrote in post #13574578 (external link)
Oh, YES! The package arrived yesterday! And love B&H, they still honored the special price/price match. Been building up my biceps in the mean time.
Thanks to all who have shared their experiences. Now I probably need to find a home for my 70-300 f/4-5.6.

Nice,. Now start taking pics and post em up ;)


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