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Miladymimi
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Mar 26, 2012 12:31 |  #1

I have a query and I'm sure it's probably been asked before, but please bear with me. I am ordering my first L series lens. (I'm excited like a 4 year old at Christmas) I've noticed the lens I see consistently, when people list their equipment, is the 70-200 f2.8. You probably now know my question. On Amazon the 2.8 without IS is about 1350., with IS is about 2300. Is the IS worth that much extra? Unfortunately, I still haven't found that elusive money tree, so I'd like the dollars to count. That extra 950 could go for more "camera stuff". Don't mean to sound chincy, but that's a lot of money. I've churned this around in my brain for weeks now and keep going back and forth. Currently the non IS is in my shopping cart, but I'm trying to make sure. After all, I'm female, that means I can change my mind and ask for directions. :) Thanks in advance for any input, it is most appreciated.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 12:35 |  #2

The difference in price is not just for the IS. The IS II version of the lens also has superior optics. It is really one of the best zoom lenses in existence.

Personally I find the IS immensely useful and combined with the outstanding optical performance the IS II lens has definitely been worth it for me. As for whether it would be worth it for you...




  
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Mar 26, 2012 12:36 |  #3

Miladymimi wrote in post #14156334 (external link)
...After all, I'm female, that means I can change my mind and ask for directions. :)...

LMAO!

Regarding your query, I suppose it all depends on what you'll be using the lens for the most. If it's action/sports, then I would say the extra $950 for IS will be worth it since you won't have time to set up a tripod for those kind of shots.


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Mar 26, 2012 12:39 |  #4

AvailableLight wrote in post #14156372 (external link)
Regarding your query, I suppose it all depends on what you'll be using the lens for the most. If it's action/sports, then I would say the extra $950 for IS will be worth it since you won't have time to set up a tripod for those kind of shots.

IS doesn't buy you any extra shutter speed to stop action. Unless the OP plans on doing a lot of handheld panning shots I would say the non-IS version would be a much smarter buy if action/sports shooting is the primary requirement.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 12:41 |  #5

You may want to try the 70-200 f4 IS, for the money it's super sharp, lightweight and you'll save some cash. What will you be using the lens for?




  
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Mar 26, 2012 12:43 |  #6

What purpose(s) are you buying the lens for? Have you found that the 70-200 range is something that you're lacking in your current gear? Or are you just buying an 'L' lens to have an 'L' lens?


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Mar 26, 2012 12:44 |  #7

What type of shooting do you intend to do?


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Mar 26, 2012 12:44 |  #8

If you can afford the price and weight of this beast, the IS mk 2 version is that much better optically. After using my friend's but combined with my inability to find said money tree and aversion to pumping iron, I chose the 70-200 f4 IS instead. :)


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Mar 26, 2012 12:50 |  #9

i have the first is version of the f/2.8 and i have the non is version of the f/4. i shoot 95 percent outdoors and hand held. the f/4 is ridiculously sharp but the keeper ratio isn't quite as good. unless you are shooting low light i'd seriously consider an f/4 non is if i was being budget minded. if i shot from a tripod more i'm pretty sure that lens would never leave my camera.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 13:58 |  #10

there's also the sigma 70-200f2.8 OS lens to consider...it's not an L but it's priced the same as the canon non IS version...gives you OS and is said to be a really good lens


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Mar 26, 2012 14:37 |  #11

The IS mark II is going to be sharper then the non-IS. Different optical design and IS is what makes it so much more expensive.

As Dre said also check out the sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS. It is an amazing lens. Not as sharp as the Canon mark II wide open but a little better then the non-IS and IS mark I.

Also if you dont need the extra stop then the canon 70-200 f4 IS is another amazing lens. Sharp wide open and quite a bit lighter then the f2.8 versions.




  
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Mar 26, 2012 14:37 |  #12

Im sorry I didn't put this in the original post
I have the 7d with the kit lens and a 50mmF1.8. I primarily take pics of my grandchildren and wildlife/nature. The fastest thing I'll be shooting, is a bird. I'm looking for a good all around lens, i know famous last words, but good quality that ill use for a long time. Thanks again for the kind feedback




  
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Mar 26, 2012 14:43 |  #13

Miladymimi wrote in post #14157061 (external link)
Im sorry I didn't put this in the original post
I have the 7d with the kit lens and a 50mmF1.8. I primarily take pics of my grandchildren and wildlife/nature. The fastest thing I'll be shooting, is a bird. I'm looking for a good all around lens, i know famous last words, but good quality that ill use for a long time. Thanks again for the kind feedback

I find 200mm a bit short for wildlife (depending on how close you can get without spooking them). 70-200mm will put you a little ways away from the grandkids but thats great for candid shots. If you shoot in low light the extra stop of an f2.8 lens will be useful. If you don't then it may not be as useful.

If a 70-200mm lens is even right for you I dont know. Each person has their own needs and a great set up for one person may be a completely horrid set up for another

Though If you do shoot in low light a lot with the grandkids then a flash will probably be a better choice then a new lens




  
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Mar 26, 2012 14:50 |  #14

bpark42 wrote in post #14156386 (external link)
AvailableLight wrote in post #14156372 (external link)
Regarding your query, I suppose it all depends on what you'll be using the lens for the most. If it's action/sports, then I would say the extra $950 for IS will be worth it since you won't have time to set up a tripod for those kind of shots.

IS doesn't buy you any extra shutter speed to stop action. Unless the OP plans on doing a lot of handheld panning shots I would say the non-IS version would be a much smarter buy if action/sports shooting is the primary requirement.

My thoughts exactly. I thought AvailableLight had it completey backwards.
For sports, you pretty much need a really fast shutter speed to freeze the action anyway -- so the IS won't buy you much there.

I bought the f/2.8 because my kids are involved in indoor sports and I wanted the extra stop. My hard choice was do I get the reasonably priced f/2.8 w/out IS or go with the very expensive II with IS. I choose the II more for the IQ than the IS, but I wanted IS too (though not for sports). The IS on the II is so good, I have taken 200mm handheld shots at 1/30 (which is not recommended) with good results.


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Mar 26, 2012 15:07 |  #15

I don't own the lens, but I have used it on occasion. In my opinion, the IS is almost necessary on a lens this heavy with this sort of reach. At 200mm a little hand shake is a huge hand shake image-wise.




  
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