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Canon 70-200: Which Version?

 
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Jul 28, 2012 19:21 |  #1

I've had the thought lately of tinkering with my setup. I primarily shoot a lot of high school sports in poorly lit gyms, which is where the 85 (1.8),135 (2.0), and 200 (2.8) get lots of use. I use the 24-105 and 70-200 as "walk around lens" in outdoor settings for family trips, wildlife, etc. I could probably throw in about $500 in cash in any buying/selling I might do. Options I'm considering are:

Option 1: Sell the 200 prime and 70-200 zoom to fund a 70-200 (2.8) non IS. I find myself not using the 200 prime much in high school gyms, as the length is just too long most of the time. The freedom of the variable reach of the zoom in the 2.8 might make sense, as the reach of the 135 is not quite enough at times. The non IS doesn't seem to be a real issue for me as I'm usually shooting at least 1/400 or faster indoors most of the time.

Option 2: Sell the 70-200 zoom and kick in another $500 to pick up a 70-200 (4.0) IS. With this option I'd just live with the all prime set up for indoor sports shooting. The appeal of this option is I've found the IS on the 24-105 to be nice to have in general walk around shooting in low light. The fast primes I have can help with the low light in walk around shooting, but I like the convenience of the zoom.

Option 3: Save until I have $1,000, along with selling the 200 prime and 70-200 zoom, to fund a 70-200 (2.8) II. I'm sure I'd love this lens with all the great things I've read about it. The only real negative is it would be my long zoom for walk around purposes and its size might be cumbersome.

Right now, I'm leaning toward option 1, simply because it involves no additional cash, gives me a faster long zoom, and is still a reasonably sized lens for carrying around for everyday shooting. Thoughts . . .


Gear: 5D MKIII * 6D * 35L (1.4) * 135L (2.0) * 24 - 70L (2.8II) * 70 - 200L (2.8ISII) * 200L (2.0IS) * 580 EX * Induro CT213 * PCB AB B800 (X3) * Pocketwizard Plus

  
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Jul 28, 2012 19:30 |  #2

Why not a combo of 1 and 3, option one gives you what you need now while you save for option 3.


Canon 50D | Canon 17-55 | Sigma 30 1.4 | Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II| Canon 85 1.8 | 430EXII| 580EX ll | ST-E2 | Canon TC 1.4x II | Benro Travel Angel C1682TB0

  
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Jul 28, 2012 19:44 as a reply to  @ duane0524's post |  #3

Duane's plan sounds good. It also would give you time to see if you really need/want the f/2.8 zoom (and its weight).


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Jul 28, 2012 19:45 |  #4

Why not a combo of 1 and 3, option one gives you what you need now while you save for option 3.

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and you do know that the wieght diffrence between the IS ii and the non IS is less then 200 grams (180) and the size is very similler as wel, so if you can live with the non IS version as your "walk around lens" I don't think you'll have any problems with the IS ii version


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Jul 28, 2012 19:50 |  #5

I upgraded to the 70-200 f2.8 II lens and discovered that my old 70-200 f2.8 lens was optically just as good. Luck of the draw for the version 1 lens i guess. The IS is better on the new lens (and sounds different too).

You might evaluate some used copies of the version I 70-200 lens, the prices have come down.


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Jul 29, 2012 04:08 as a reply to  @ biodan's post |  #6

I got the 70-200mk2 and it is the sharpest zoom I have ever used, and I have had all the past canon 70-200's. Ao it would be option 3 for me.


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Jul 29, 2012 12:33 as a reply to  @ malla1962's post |  #7

Why not just sell the 135, 200, and 70-200/4 and get the 70-200/2.8 II now?


Canon 7D/350D, Σ17-50/2.8 OS, 18-55IS, 24-105/4 L IS, Σ30/1.4 EX, 50/1.8, C50/1.4, 55-250IS, 60/2.8, 70-200/4 L IS, 85/1.8, 100/2.8 IS L, 135/2 L 580EX II, 430EX II * 2, 270EX II.

  
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Jul 29, 2012 13:50 |  #8

+1 to fecchariot suggestion


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Jul 29, 2012 16:10 |  #9

I got the 70-200mk2 too and its a sensational lens and sharper then many prime L lenses


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