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Feb 02, 2013 11:59 |  #1

I've got the $ and the "go ahead" from the better half now its decision time.

EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS mkII
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This lens is to replace my 70-300mm and I would also get a teleconvertor in the future.




  
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Feb 02, 2013 12:09 |  #2

If you have the money and it's a planned purchase, I can't think of any reason not to go with the MkII right out of the gate.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII/5D IV, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS I/II)
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Feb 02, 2013 12:11 |  #3

70-200mm f/2.8 IS II

if you have the money and plan to use teleconverters...seems like the only choice to me


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Feb 02, 2013 12:22 |  #4

Well to be honest the mkII would take every penny I've got available, and would have to be a used one at that. I was thinking if I could find a cheaper lens than I would have $ left over for maybe a flash? I currently don't have any flashes.




  
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Feb 02, 2013 12:30 |  #5

In that case, go for the f/4 IS and a used 430EXII or similar. You'll only be able to use a 1.4TC with that one and still retain, reliable, autofocus, but it would keep some money available for the flash, and the lens is quite a bit smaller/lighter.

I don't recommend the MkI f/2.8, simply because it's now discontinued and will wind up being unsupported by Canon relatively soon.

Another option that would keep you in the f/2.8 club in that focal range, though, would be the newest Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC...It's generally reviewed just below the MkII and would also save you some cash (can be had new for $1500)


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Feb 02, 2013 12:31 |  #6
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Depends on a few variables.
The f/2.8 lenses are HEAVY & EXPENSIVE. Decide if you need f/2.8, or not. If YES, you are down to 3 lenses to choose from. Do you need IS? If YES, get the II. If not, there is only one lens left.

If you don't need f/2.8, get the f/4 IS. There is no reason not to if you can afford the 2.8 II.

Let me complicate things by pointing you to the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM. I got mine used for $750. They usually go for around $1,000. Which is cheaper than any of the Canon 2.8 lenses. It is reviewed to be better than the Canon IS (not II) and the Canon non-IS. I don't know about that, because I've never shot the Canons. I own the Sigma, and I am happy with it. Here is nice comparison by another POTN member:

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1255382

Buying the Sigma used will get you 95% of the Canon 2.8 II for 40% of the price.


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Feb 02, 2013 12:33 |  #7
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Rick67 wrote in post #15564222 (external link)
Well to be honest the mkII would take every penny I've got available, and would have to be a used one at that. I was thinking if I could find a cheaper lens than I would have $ left over for maybe a flash? I currently don't have any flashes.

I think lenses are a lot like real estate. It is cheaper to buy all you can afford the first time. That saves you from upgrading later. Get the 2.8 II.


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Feb 02, 2013 12:36 |  #8

If you don't need 2.8, get the f/4 IS, + another lens maybe.
If you NEED 2.8, get the 2.8 L, and another lens maybe. :)


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Feb 02, 2013 12:40 |  #9

For close to $2000, if it were me, I'd look long and hard for a good, used 17-55 2.8 IS and either the 70-200 F2.8 (or F4 IS if you really need IS). I don't think I would be happy with having a nice L telephoto, while still having the basic kit lens for my standard range.


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Feb 02, 2013 12:50 |  #10

If you want us to tell you o e of the others are good I assume they are. I bought the mark II 2.8. Otherwise, I would have gotten it eventually.

Snappy AF and the shots are almost always perfect. There is a reason this is a go to lens for pros


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Feb 02, 2013 12:51 |  #11

If you are replacing the 70-300 and you don't seem to have a need that is forcing you to go f2.8, why not the 70-300 L?


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Feb 02, 2013 12:59 |  #12

<facepalm>...I didn't even see that...Taylor asks a good question there.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII/5D IV, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS I/II)
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Feb 02, 2013 13:02 |  #13

Well I guess I will ask one more, then! :)

Use of a teleconverter is mentioned, which perhaps points to wanting to go longer. Would a 100-400 perhaps be more appropriate? Then you get the whole range without needing an expensive teleconverter and taking the quality and AF speed hit that usually comes with it.


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Feb 02, 2013 13:05 |  #14

what are you planning to use it for?


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Feb 02, 2013 13:07 |  #15

I have the 70-200 f/4L IS and love the thing.

It's only problem is that it's f/4. But.... it's tack-sharp even at f/4 and focuses extremely fast. It also takes a 1.4 TC III well although you need good light with that on there.

The f/2.8 IS II is much faster, much more money, and a HELL of a lot heavier and larger. If you're lugging it around all day the latter matters a lot, money aside.


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