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Canon 70-200mm f/4.0 L (IS vs non-IS)

 
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Oct 08, 2013 15:53 |  #1

Hi,

This lens seems to have an option for IS or non-IS... and the price difference of 750 dollars.

I can go without IS since I mostly always just use a tripod, but I also noticed the differences on this lens-comparison site, which to me look very noticable, with the IS version being much sharper IMO:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=0 (external link)

My question is... does anyone here think that included in the 750 extra dollars, some better optics are used, aside from the IS features? Perhaps this site didn't use the exact same testing parameters? I am not sure.

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Oct 08, 2013 15:58 |  #2

Everyone here always says the IS version is better optically, sharper. The nonIS I had and the IS version I had were prety similiar to me at the time on a crop sensor. Never had the chance to see on FF.

With that being said, used values are much different. You can get the nonIS for 475-525 and the IS version for 900-1000. I got mine for 950 so it was only a 450 difference.

For me it was worth it. Especially on a crop where I needed at least 1/250 on the shutter


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Oct 08, 2013 17:13 |  #3

Never had the IS version. but I have had the F4 and the 2.8MK II

the normal non IS version gives really remarkable results. it is definitely no slouch. I have never had the opportunity to own the IS version but I would not hesitate to recommend the 70-200 F4




  
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Oct 08, 2013 20:05 |  #4

Yeah, I got the f4 IS for about $950 used, too, and that was with the accessory tripod mounting ring. IQ is quite good. It's even a wee bit sharper than my 70-200/2.8 IS "Mark I". I have not personally compared to the non-IS versions (one of the key reasons I switched to the Canon system 12 years ago was IS... so all lenses longer than 100mm I make a point of buying IS versions, if there is a choice.)

One thing you should note if shopping for this lens and planning to use it on a tripod a lot is that the tripod ring isn't included with the f4 versions (it is included with the f2.8 versions). So that's an additional cost with either of the f4 lenes. The OEM ring sells new for about $175. Used you might get one for a bit less. Or, there are third party rings that sell for around $50 (search on eBay for "Canon tripod ring A II"). Personally I've got the OEM ring, haven't tried the third party. I've read and heard some compaints the 3rd party don't fit as well, seems that some of the rings don't tighten particularly well.


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Oct 08, 2013 20:17 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #5

I have the f/4 NON IS and love this thing on my T3i. It's basically my do it all lens and never really leaves the camera. It's not really all that heavy and easy to control off of a tripod. HIGHLY recommend it


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Oct 08, 2013 21:35 |  #6

WolfsPride wrote in post #16356858 (external link)
I have the f/4 NON IS and love this thing on my T3i. It's basically my do it all lens and never really leaves the camera. It's not really all that heavy and easy to control off of a tripod. HIGHLY recommend it

On a crop that means you start at 112mm - what do you shoot?


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Oct 08, 2013 23:13 |  #7

If you're not buying it to keep forever, definitely consider the IS. You'll get a much better sale price later.
And IS is like GPS or an ice maker. You think you don't need it, but once you get it, it's a pain to go back!


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Oct 08, 2013 23:31 as a reply to  @ JonKline's post |  #8

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Oct 09, 2013 00:41 |  #9

I've owned the non-IS and currently own the IS version. Both are very nice, sharp lenses. Whether or not you need IS depends on how and what you shoot. Do you shoot static subjects in poor light? No question. Get the IS. Do you shoot moving subjects in good light? You'd never miss the lack of IS.




  
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Oct 09, 2013 01:13 |  #10

It all depends what you're using it for, mine (non IS) is rarely used without a tripod and if it is it's generally used for action where shutter speeds are high enough for IS not to matter.

Optically there are supposed to be differences, but I'm more than happy with the results from mine. I wouldn't change it for the IS version of the F4.......the 2.8 would be a different story.


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Oct 09, 2013 01:42 |  #11

Love the IS version, never tried the Non-IS version. Didn't realize it was a $750 difference! I definitely feel like the IS makes a big difference when hand-holding the camera/lens, however, think hard before you spend the $750 extra!




  
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Oct 09, 2013 02:00 |  #12

xeodragon wrote in post #16357339 (external link)
Love the IS version, never tried the Non-IS version. Didn't realize it was a $750 difference! I definitely feel like the IS makes a big difference when hand-holding the camera/lens, however, think hard before you spend the $750 extra!

I don't know where it's a $750 difference.. it's about $650CAD+tx new, in Canada. For that, you get.. besides excellent (though noisy) IS, weather-sealing with a filter, and round aperture.. for slightly-nicer bokeh.


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Oct 09, 2013 05:50 |  #13

Is the IS really necessary when shooting at the longer focal length at 200mm?


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Oct 09, 2013 05:52 |  #14

Canvaslove87 wrote in post #16357609 (external link)
Is the IS really necessary when shooting at the longer focal length at 200mm?

The longer the length the more useful it is really.




  
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Oct 09, 2013 05:55 |  #15

Lichter21c wrote in post #16357610 (external link)
The longer the length the more useful it is really.

Thanks! What are your thoughts about shooting at 200mm but with a higher shutter speed? Maybe around 1/200 without IS. Is that fast enough to be considered sharp handheld?


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