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Mar 19, 2013 02:18 |  #1

Alright guys I am looking at adding a lens to my camera, I currently own a Tamrom 24-70mm, and canon 50mm 1.4. I am looking for something with reach now, and was interested in the 70-200mm f4 is. I don't take pictures of birds or anything extreme, just need a bit more reach for shots like at theme parks or at my nephews baseball games.

Ive read a few threads but I am still having trouble understanding FF as a whole. I know the crop added 1.6X magnification. I am going to the camera store tomorrow and checking out the 70-200mm on my camera.

What do you guys think, any help is greatly appreciated. Heading over to the picture sample thread for more knowledge!


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Mar 19, 2013 02:23 |  #2

How much are you willing to spend? The 70-200 f4 is a fantastic lens. I have the IS version and along with the17-55, it goes everywhere I go. Another good choice may be the 70-300 L in case 200 isn't enough.


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Mar 19, 2013 02:28 |  #3

I have about 800 to play with. Last time I went to the camera store they didnt have that lens in stock so I could not try it out. I hope they have one tomorrow!


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Mar 19, 2013 02:42 |  #4

Agree that 70-200 f4 would be your best bet for your budget. Even one with IS if you can find one used. I recommend IS because you'll need it whenever you shoot at 200mm and at f4 being your fastest aperture.


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Mar 19, 2013 02:44 |  #5
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Are you forseeing yourself using it in low light situation? Is the baseball game happens during the daytime/outdoor?

70-200f4 IS is one sharp lens no doubt, but personally I HATE being limited to f4 despite how good the high ISO performance is of the body.

Also the kind of separation you get from f2.8 can't be matched. So eventually I sold my copy and upgraded to f2.8 II and never look back.


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Mar 19, 2013 02:55 |  #6

I generally have found that if you're shooting action with a zoom lens IS isn't necessary since you'll need to speed the shutter up to freeze the motion anyway, but it really depends on you and your style. I was able to get some pretty decent shots last weekend using my super cheap 75-300III which is regarded as Canon's worst lens ever by most people. If it were me, I'd use that $800 on a used 135L ;)


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Mar 19, 2013 04:05 |  #7

2nd to that on the 135L.


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Mar 19, 2013 04:24 |  #8

I am faced with a similar choice.
I don't want a 70-200mm because I find the 200mm 2.8 incredible and far more compact. I plan on getting a 135mm L to go with it, I don't like zooms above the 100mm range, they're too bulky and I don't find it essential to be able to quickly change focal length at that range.
I want a walk around lens for travel, and have been considering the 28-135mm due to its focal range being a near replacement for my beloved 15-85mm. But then I am worried its not sharp enough for other sorts of shoots. I suppose I could eventually add a 24-70mm to my collection.
A wide angle is what I am struggling to pick. I want one with a filter thread. The 17-40mm reportedly has edge sharpness issues though I'm not sure how much of a problem that is in the real world. The 16-35mm looks a little better but much more expensive. The Zeiss Distagon 15mm looks like the perfect lens, no distortion, sharp across entire frame, no colour fringing. But costs $3000! Ouch.


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Mar 19, 2013 07:25 |  #9

The f4 IS is an outstanding lens that will give you lots of flexibility, not to mention great IQ, fast focusing, constant f4, and a fairly small, light format that's easy to carry around. You can find them used within shouting distance of your budget. You wouldn't be disappointed.


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Mar 19, 2013 07:50 |  #10

As long as you can fit it within your budget, I also would wholeheartedly recommend the 70-200 f/4 IS. It's an very sharp lens with excellent auto focus performance. While the IS may not be necessary for action shots, you also mentioned using it for other purposes. The IS will make the lens more versatile for more uses.

Since you have a 6D, the f/4 aperture will not be that limiting, as you can bump up the ISO quite high in lower light situations. I have used the 70-200 f/4 occasionally for shooting indoor ice hockey, and get very good results at ISO 6400.

The only downside to this lens on FF is it can be a little short in reach. The 70-300L is a good alternative, but it is beyond your stated budget.


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Mar 19, 2013 08:33 as a reply to  @ Scott M's post |  #11

$800 isn't much unfortunately. You can get a new 200/2.8 L or a used 135/2 L. You could get the 70-200/4 non IS new or the IS version used. Other options are the Tamron 70-300 VC and the 100/2 or a used Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM II or maybe a used 2.8 OS


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Mar 19, 2013 08:42 |  #12

Scrumhalf wrote in post #15730973 (external link)
How much are you willing to spend? The 70-200 f4 is a fantastic lens. I have the IS version and along with the17-55, it goes everywhere I go. Another good choice may be the 70-300 L in case 200 isn't enough.


Somewhat like you, my 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk I and my 17-55 f/2.8 go w/ me everywhere. It's very convenient that they take the same size filters! We'll see if the 70-200 sits when my new 70-300 f/4-5.6L arrives next week.

OP, given your budget, I'd either get the 70-200 f/4L IS (used), or probably the non-IS version (probably also used) and a 430EXII flash.

After reading some of the posts on the 70-300L, I'm pretty excited to get it and try it out.


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