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Jan 31, 2013 06:56 |  #1

I've got the mk1 version of this lens and love it, but I keep reading that the mk 2 version is sharper/better.

I'm happy with the sharpness of my mk 1.

Please can someone who has used both let me know what they think of the real world differences between the 2?

Thanks


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Jan 31, 2013 06:58 |  #2

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Jan 31, 2013 07:23 |  #3

If you're happy about it then I suggest you DO NOT compare...




  
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Jan 31, 2013 07:27 |  #4

yeah i'm wishing i hadn't looked at that link... Ha, never mind, the mk2 does look a lot better but i'm happy with my mk1, got it stupidly cheap off ebay....

There's always (sooner or later) something better than something else!


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Jan 31, 2013 10:25 |  #5

I had both, and it's dramatically sharper. I always wanted to shoot at f/4 with MKI, but now aperture is a creative choice without sacrificing IQ.


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Jan 31, 2013 10:33 |  #6

rsieminski wrote in post #15555918 (external link)
I had both, and it's dramatically sharper. I always wanted to shoot at f/4 with MKI, but now aperture is a creative choice without sacrificing IQ.

:cry:


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Jan 31, 2013 10:35 |  #7

You shouldn't ask if you don't want to hear the answer :)


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Jan 31, 2013 10:45 |  #8

I never had the mk 1.
I did have the f4 no is and DO have the f4 IS which is very sharp.

This is what I have seen written about here numerous times.
Folks have sold their 135L's because there was negligible difference between the IQ from the mk II and the 135.

That's a hell of an endorsement.


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Jan 31, 2013 10:53 |  #9

MOST of the ver. 2 copies are better than ver.1. Some 1's are very sharp. Some 2's aren't. Sounds like you got a good one. Enjoy it!




  
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Jan 31, 2013 11:02 |  #10

jack880 wrote in post #15555402 (external link)
I've got the mk1 version of this lens and love it, but I keep reading that the mk 2 version is sharper/better.

I'm happy with the sharpness of my mk 1.

Please can someone who has used both let me know what they think of the real world differences between the 2?

Thanks

I have used both, the MkII blows the MkI completely out of the water. It is tack sharp at f/2.8 across the entire zoom range.


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Jan 31, 2013 13:47 |  #11

TaDa wrote in post #15555955 (external link)
You shouldn't ask if you don't want to hear the answer :)

I know, I was hoping for a different answer! Ha ha


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Jan 31, 2013 14:01 |  #12

jmckayak wrote in post #15556012 (external link)
MOST of the ver. 2 copies are better than ver.1. Some 1's are very sharp. Some 2's aren't. Sounds like you got a good one. Enjoy it!

Maybe!

This is a 100% crop at f/2.8 taken with my 7D (I have applied some sharpening in photoshop, but I PP all my photos so I only really care about the end result).

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Jan 31, 2013 14:03 |  #13

I can't say about the MK1, but my MK2 is stunning. In a recent BBall game, the pics were great. Even cropped they still looked very good.


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Jan 31, 2013 14:36 |  #14

jack880 wrote in post #15555402 (external link)
I've got the mk1 version of this lens and love it, but I keep reading that the mk 2 version is sharper/better.

I'm happy with the sharpness of my mk 1.

Please can someone who has used both let me know what they think of the real world differences between the 2?

Thanks

Hi, made the move to version II recently and I've to say that is a different lens, great AF performance, takes converters very well, the 4 stop IS, is really amazing and the bigger focus ring for using video is even better.
When I had my 70-200 2.8 IS v1, used it for about 4 years, although it was great, felt the need to stop it down a little maybe 3.2 or 3.5 to get the best out of it, got decent results at 2.8, but what's the point of having a 2.8, if you have to stop it down a little to get very good results.
Always depends on your work, or if you want to have the best.
If money is no problem, it's a great buy but Version I is not bad, great lens, but as with all the things when something new comes along it's always better, but many pro's or not use it and don't feel the need to upgrade.

In speak of differences you would thank the IS, sharp from 2.8, and nicer lens hood (I like the new one more) and AF speed you would notice some difference especially when using teleconverters.


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Jan 31, 2013 15:14 |  #15

jack880 wrote in post #15556697 (external link)
Maybe!

This is a 100% crop at f/2.8 taken with my 7D (I have applied some sharpening in photoshop, but I PP all my photos so I only really care about the end result).

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As I try and say in my hands on review, the 70-200 v1 is a GREAT lens. Nothing was done to those shots in post, and for almost all shots, PP is needed. For your paying customers, they will most likely not be able to tell a difference in regular prints. That being said, the v2 is better. Only you can decide for yourself if it's worth the extra money.


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