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Just Got the 100-400mm, do I need the 70-200mm?

 
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Feb 15, 2013 19:22 |  #1

I have the 70-200mm f/4 IS, but wondering if I will still need it with the 100-400mm IS? Actually I am thinking of selling/trading this lens for a 7D to go with my new lens. Good move?


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Feb 15, 2013 19:27 |  #2

Congratulations.
100-400 is the most commonly lens I use and how much I love it.

I say YES.
70-200 comes in at least 5 shape and sizes. All share one thing, True L class quality glass.
I have two of them F2.8 IS 1st gen and F4 nonIS. The second on is very light and excellent quality image. I say go for one. You should be able to get a good copy at $ 500 to 600 htat is priceless at this tag.


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Feb 15, 2013 19:37 |  #3

Are you telling me to keep the 70-200 or sell it? I was a little lost there - sorry!


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Feb 15, 2013 20:02 |  #4

I'd not keep a 70-200/4 with a 100-400L, as the shorter lens doesn't have enough of a speed difference.

I do have a 70-200/2.8L IS II and a 100-400L, but the speed difference between these two is greater and the shorter lens has a different set of uses in low light situations.


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Feb 15, 2013 21:15 |  #5

I have the 100-400 plus a 70-200 2.8 non IS and love the pair, I don't use the 70-200 much but when I need a 2.8 it comes in handy.




  
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Feb 15, 2013 21:23 |  #6

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Soon as I master the 100-400mm, I will probably be parting with the 70-200mm f/4. It sure has been a great lens tho!


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Feb 15, 2013 21:50 |  #7

Sell it. There's too much of an overlap, and a 7d with the 1-4 is a great pairing. I may trade my 1-4 out for a prime soon, as I have the 70-200II and it hardly ever comes out to play.


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Feb 15, 2013 21:57 |  #8

samsen wrote in post #15614653 (external link)
Congratulations.
100-400 is the most commonly lens I use and how much I love it.

I say YES.
70-200 comes in at least 5 shape and sizes. All share one thing, True L class quality glass.
I have two of them F2.8 IS 1st gen and F4 nonIS. The second on is very light and excellent quality image. I say go for one. You should be able to get a good copy at $ 500 to 600 htat is priceless at this tag.

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I read your post, and it didn't make sense. So I read it again . . . and it still didn't make any sense. Then I thought that maybe you didn't read the OP carefully before replying.

You do realize that the OP already has a 70-200, don't you? She was asking if he should sell it or keep it. Your "advice" does not seem to jive with her situation - it's almost as if you wrote it for someone who did not already own a 70-200, and was wondering whether they should get one or not.


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Feb 16, 2013 00:20 |  #9

Yup, I see no reason to keep the 70-200 since it's an f/4 model. If it were f/2.8 and you used it for sports, it might be a tougher decision. But, since it's the f/4, I'd sell it and get something more useful. BTW, what's there to "master" with the 100-400? It's a lens; attach it to your camera, point it at a target, depress the shutter button..... there, mastered! :D


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Feb 16, 2013 00:30 |  #10

Keep the 70-200 at least for a while. I have the 70-200mm 2.8 non IS so there is a difference. I find the AF faster on the 70-200mm over the 100-400mm. I use my 70-200mm a great deal more but I also do a lot of animal photography where the 100-400mm is great! The weight difference with your F4 is significant as well so it is easier to hand hold. I am very steady but find my keeper rate is much higher with a monopod with the 100-400.

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Feb 16, 2013 03:10 |  #11

I am sorry.
I want to say surely keep that small gem.

The best thing about 70-200 F4 Non IS that OP already has, is the same excellent picture quality at the most compact format.
Yes there are occasions that 2.8 becomes handy and 100-400 doesn't get any close to that feature but there are more occasions that simply size and weight is the most determining factor. I think this is a more frequent situation than real need for faster lens. 70-200 2.8 IS is like a tank, now put it along with 100-400... But then back to your initial question of weather to let it go, I say no. These two are really a very good complimentary tools. If money was an urgent need or you were desperate for one special lens, that would be a different issue, but just to give 70-200 for 7D... I am not too sure. You already have 5D II and what is that you see in 7D that adds to your practice?
Unless there is a good reason that you haven't talk about it yet, I say keep that gem. You will not find another light, fast, sharp lens at that price range. I truly believe if you should have only one L lens, that must be one of the 70-200s. With your prim fast lenses in good focal length rang, it makes a lot of sense in keeping.
If this still doesn't make sense then go for the ultimate test. Just scan your gallery to see which is the least used lens among all your lenses. If it is still that 70-200 then you know what you should do.


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Feb 16, 2013 03:39 |  #12

JeffreyG wrote in post #15614731 (external link)
I'd not keep a 70-200/4 with a 100-400L, as the shorter lens doesn't have enough of a speed difference.

I do have a 70-200/2.8L IS II and a 100-400L, but the speed difference between these two is greater and the shorter lens has a different set of uses in low light situations.

Agreed ! I love the 100-400, but use the 70-200 a lot when doing low light work such as theatre productions


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Feb 16, 2013 04:04 |  #13

I have neither and want both, but the chances are you won't always want to carry the larger one but the small one is portable. Just something to weigh up


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Feb 16, 2013 04:10 |  #14

The 100-400 - sometimes referred to as the dust pump - is very likely an excellent lens however it is not going to be as sharp as the 70-200 through that range. The f4-f5.6 and its very reasonable price are a "tell tale" indications of compromises in the quality of the 100-400. I would be inclined to do a lot of my own tests, comparisons and reading of others comparisons to make absolutely sure I could live with any deficits.

Weight and space might also be an issue... I would hate to have to go on a mission knowing that if only I had hung on to that 70-200 I could have also packed my 100L Macro.


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Feb 16, 2013 04:32 |  #15

I have both and there's no way I'd give up the 70-200. It's an excellent lens for shooting cars and horses (which just happen to be the main interests of my two best friends). It will easily fit in a bag that I can carry around all day, whereas the 100-400 is heavy enough to be a pain and takes up too much space to fit in my favourite bag comfortably.

The 70-200 is also my preferred second lens (after the 300 f2.8) for safari.


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