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May 09, 2014 19:19 |  #1

Hey POTN!

I am about to make my first Canon L Series lens purchase and am starting to feel conflicted. First off, I have saved up $750 to by my Canon 70-200mm F/4 L USM Non-IS lens, but keep reading online that everyone suggests the IS version. I sadly can't afford the IS version since it is $1,400 new, but I am noticing on KEH that I can get an EX+ quality one for $1,000. This is where the questions come in:

1. Is it worth buying a used IS version over a new non-IS version?
2. If the non-IS version works, is buying used from sites like KEH worth it (Since there is an EX quality one for around $499)?

I plan on using this lens for portraits, landscape and travel photography. I am sorry if this thread is in the wrong area! Thanks everyone!


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May 09, 2014 19:44 |  #2

I'd never buy a long lens w/o IS, I'd rather save an other couple of months (or rent if needed quickly for something). I prefer IS on my wider zooms too, but you can get away w/o it, but it has been great to have on my 70-200f4 many times. I'd rather not have that range than have it w/o IS.


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May 09, 2014 19:48 |  #3

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I'd never buy a long lens w/o IS, I'd rather save an other couple of months (or rent if needed quickly for something). I prefer IS on my wider zooms too, but you can get away w/o it, but it has been great to have on my 70-200f4 many times. I'd rather not have that range than have it w/o IS.

Thanks for the input! In terms of buying it used, would you say it's best to do?


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May 09, 2014 19:59 |  #4

ShadowKingpin wrote in post #16893943 (external link)
Thanks for the input! In terms of buying it used, would you say it's best to do?

I don't think you're going to have a problem buying a lens from KEH. I'd do it.


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May 09, 2014 20:51 |  #5

My 2 cents.... KEH is wonderful. IS would be preferable. Both from the standpoint of it being a long lens and also for it being weather sealed.

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May 09, 2014 20:56 |  #6

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My 2 cents.... KEH is wonderful. IS would be preferable. Both from the standpoint of it being a long lens and also for it being weather sealed.

-Chuck

F/4 IS is weatherproofed? I thought I read somewhere that it wasn't?


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May 09, 2014 20:57 |  #7

Ive had both. The IS version is more versatile because of the IS. I can handhold as slow as 1/30 a second. Without I would have to be at 1/200, thats huge. The IS version is a newer design and was canons sharpest zoom until the 70-200 2.8 IS II came out. I bought mine used and its worth getting. KEH is reputable vendor.




  
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May 09, 2014 21:06 |  #8

gonzogolf wrote in post #16894095 (external link)
Ive had both. The IS version is more versatile because of the IS. I can handhold as slow as 1/30 a second. Without I would have to be at 1/200, thats huge. The IS version is a newer design and was canons sharpest zoom until the 70-200 2.8 IS II came out. I bought mine used and its worth getting. KEH is reputable vendor.

Many thanks for the info! I keep reading around about how conservative KEH is about their quality scoring--which is nice to read, so I am really starting to feel a lot better about buying it used.


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May 09, 2014 21:22 |  #9

ShadowKingpin wrote in post #16894092 (external link)
F/4 IS is weatherproofed? I thought I read somewhere that it wasn't?

http://www.lensplay.co​m …s/lens_weathers​ealed.html (external link)

According to this... it is.




  
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May 09, 2014 22:28 |  #10

I have had very good used products buying from KEH.

I'd go for the IS used :)


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May 09, 2014 22:47 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #11

I have this lens. IS is the way to go.




  
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May 09, 2014 22:51 |  #12

Having had both these lenses -- I agree IS is the way to go.

Also KEH is a fantastic store. Highly recommended.




  
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May 10, 2014 00:10 |  #13

You can also watch Canon's Website for a refurbished unit. They are currently
sold out, but do regularly have them.

http://shop.usa.canon.​com …m-f-4l-is-usm-refurbished (external link)

Good luck in your search, and I hope you find one.

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May 10, 2014 00:24 |  #14

IMO the f4 IS is not worth the retail price. It is however, worth every penny of the used price. $1000 for used is too expensive. You can find them in great condition on here for $8-900.


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May 10, 2014 04:08 |  #15

I would also add to buying from KEH. Everything I've gotten from them were as good as or better than stated condition. Highly recommended for sure.




  
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