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Scrumhalf
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Dec 01, 2013 20:10 |  #1

To pick up the 70-200 F2.8 II for $1799. :lol:

Trouble is, I already have and love my 70-200 F4 IS. Anyone sold their F4 for a F2.8? Anyone own both, for I can make a case for owning both.. they are such very different lenses.


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Dec 01, 2013 20:36 |  #2

I owned an f/4 and sold it to fund the purchase of my f/2.8 II and it was the best decision I could have made. The 2.8 is sharper. . .focuses a bunch faster. . .in short, it's an incredible lens.

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Dec 01, 2013 20:40 |  #3
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Scrumhalf wrote in post #16493929 (external link)
Trouble is, I already have and love my 70-200 F4 IS. Anyone sold their F4 for a F2.8?

I did.

Sold my f4 IS for 2.8II and never look back.


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Dec 01, 2013 20:55 |  #4

What's the irrational part?


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Dec 01, 2013 20:55 |  #5

It's hard not to love the 70-200/2.8 II.

Main questions.....do you have specific situations where the speed would be a big help? I use my 70-200 a lot for indoor sports, and the f/4 lens would be nearly useless.

Second question, do you travel or have other needs where the smaller size and weight of the f/4 lens is a big help?


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Dec 01, 2013 21:37 |  #6

Well, the irrational part is that other than a couple of abortive attempts to use my F4 indoors with my 7D, I have not used a telephoto zoom indoors. On the other hand, I take the F4 everywhere I go when I travel. But maybe I will use a F2.8 more if I had one. :)


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Dec 01, 2013 21:45 |  #7

I'm having the same urge, except instead of already owning the 70-200 f4, I already own the 70-300L. Probably even more of a case to own both of those but my irrational part comes from the fact that 95% of my photography is either while traveling or for outdoor sports so 70-300 is good for those.... It's just so hard to pass up this deal because I know how good that lens is.


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Dec 01, 2013 21:48 |  #8

Best zoom IMHO unless we talking $10k plus 200-400L. I just put an order yesterday. Personally if one is shooting sports aperture is more important. I would take f2.8 over f4/f5.6 anytime even for outdoor sports shots.


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Dec 01, 2013 23:33 |  #9

I really have no reason to get a F2.8 since I don't shoot any sports. Like I mentioned earlier, there were a grand total of two indoor events at my son's school where I wished I had a faster lens than my 70-200 F4. It is entirely, as the French might say, "l'affaire de coeur." No brain involved!


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Dec 01, 2013 23:53 |  #10

I have a 70-200 f4. I have been resisting 2.8 these days. So far it works. I keep telling myself I have no need of a faster zoom. :)


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Dec 02, 2013 00:24 |  #11
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I think f4 zoom is simply too slow...

Some people say since 70-200 is more of an outdoor lens, therefore f4 will suffice. However I think it's quite the opposite, since longer focal length = fast shutter speed for anything, and that one stop makes a huge difference imo, I mean even at low ISO, the noise between say ISO400 and ISO800 is night and day...


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Dec 02, 2013 01:17 |  #12

I had people convince me, but still not budging. kinda irrational for portraits, but I would for sports. The 135 seems fine for gym shots.

deal is just so good, hard to pass up. I'll probably find a use for it a few years down the road, so I'll just wait till then.


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Dec 02, 2013 05:10 |  #13

Had the 70-200 f4 and when it died i picked up the 70-200 2.8 II... The lens is as amazing and people say it is. It is on my body 99% of the time! I basically use it for EVERYTHING! Indoors, outdoors, sports, portraits... It's just a great piece of glass... ;)


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Dec 02, 2013 06:45 |  #14

Go for it. If you don't need it one day you can easily sell it without losing much money if at all.


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Dec 02, 2013 09:05 |  #15
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What you need now is a full-frame body. The 70-200 FL just works better when not 1.6x'd into being too long.




  
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