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70-200 f4is VS. 70-200 non is and 100mm macro 2.8

 
SteffSinclair
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Mar 28, 2012 11:27 |  #1

My wedding and honeymoon is coming up in September on Kauai and I want to expand what I have in the way of lenses. I plan to take a lot of photos on this trip as well do nature, family and pet photography afterwards as well. I have a couple options and I'm stuck!

I can either A) purchase a 70-200L f4 (non is) and a 100mm macro f 2.8 (non is)

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B) purchase the 70-200L f4 (IS version) by itself

it seems to me the is version would be sharper and a little more flexible being stabilized where as option A. would give me the option of macro in addition but the telephoto won't be as good.

I'm really stuck and I am not sure which option I'll get more use out of or better images with. I'd appreciate any thoughts! Thanks!


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Mar 28, 2012 11:34 |  #2

It doesn't sound like macro work is high on your list of shooting priorities, so I would probably go with the 70-200 f4 IS. It is optically superior to the non-IS version, and the excellent IS means you will be able to get shots handheld on your honeymoon that would likely require a tripod otherwise.

This may not apply to you and your fiancé, but my wife has limited patience for my stopping everywhere to set up the tripod. The ability to work handheld (to a point) with a stabilized lens is a huge plus on trips where photography is not the main priority.




  
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Mar 28, 2012 11:37 |  #3

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Why do you need macro lens if you not even mentioned macro as your interest?
I would go with IS version, because it is weather sealed as 17_40 and together with 7D it is great outdoors all weather combo.
Good for dogs and portraits as well.


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Mar 28, 2012 11:42 |  #4

I've had both the 70-200's, and IMO the difference in IQ is minimal. The only real advantage you get is IS.

Personally, I went with the cheap, non-IS because that saved me a lot of money which I was able to spend on a nice tripod and still have a nice bit of change left over.

In this case, I'd pick option A without hesitation. The 100 macro is a great lens to have. To me, there is no way the 70-200 f4 IS will win out over having both the non-IS and the 100 macro to boot.


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Mar 28, 2012 11:46 |  #5

Thanks for the feedback so far guys! You have a good point about patience now that you mention it, he most likely wouldn't enjoy waiting all the time while I compose shots with a tripod haha. As far as macro goes I didn't mention that I included that as an option as I can see myself wanting to get images of the beautiful flowers and other small stuff on the island and I wouldn't mind trying my hand at macro. It seems so far that I may get more use out of the IS.


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Mar 28, 2012 12:11 |  #6

The 70-200 (either one) is able to focus quite close, so you should be able to get some very nice flower shots even without the macro. It is no substitute for a true 1:1 macro if you really need that level of magnification, but it sounds to me like you would be happy with just the 70-200.

If you do decide that macro is a priority for the trip, you could always buy the 70-200 IS and rent the macro.




  
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Mar 28, 2012 14:56 |  #7

The 70-200mm f/4L IS rarely leaves my camera.


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Mar 28, 2012 16:11 as a reply to  @ Rubberhead's post |  #8

I purshased the non IS version and sent in back after 4 weeks. Exchanged for the IS model and very glad I did. The non IS model was too limiting in low light. I also think the IQ is a little sharper.....could be just me.


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Mar 28, 2012 16:15 as a reply to  @ Rubberhead's post |  #9

70-200 f/4L IS

The 70-200 f/4L IS is my favorite multi-purpose lens...

I use it for portraits...

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And as half of my travel photo lens duo along with the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens on a pair of 1.6x cameras...

I can shoot subjects while they are unaware of the camera and acting natural...

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Mar 28, 2012 16:24 |  #10

The 70-200 IS is the only long zoom I've ever had, and so far my only L lens - but damn do I love it! I can't see me loving it as much without the IS, it's just really nice to have, and works very well IMO.


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Mar 28, 2012 16:39 |  #11

My 700 200 F4 Lis is quite sharp, use it all the time. Would not part with it.


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Mar 28, 2012 16:56 |  #12

Like it was said before, you can get decent shots with the 70-200 at near macro. If you want closer MFD and more magnification, you can always just utilize an extension tube. A 25mm tube would give you 0.42x magnification which will give you enough for flowers.


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