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70-200 f4 vs f4 IS

 
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Jun 22, 2014 21:54 |  #1

How much of a difference would you see between the two lenses?

I have an opportunity to sell my f4 non IS for more then I paid for it and was thinking of putting it up for sale and using my (hidden from wife) slush fund grabbing a f4 IS.

Then taking my wife out to dinner and a movie with the extra $ :)

Is it worth it to upgrade within the 70-200 line by 1 notch?


Thanks for any input
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Jun 23, 2014 08:17 |  #2

I think so. I use mine handheld all the time, and when I get down to 1/25 to 1/60 sec on the shutter, the IS is the only thing that keeps most of the photos usable, even when zoomed out to 70mm.


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Jun 23, 2014 08:29 |  #3

Scoobert wrote in post #16988423 (external link)
How much of a difference would you see between the two lenses?

I have an opportunity to sell my f4 non IS for more then I paid for it and was thinking of putting it up for sale and using my (hidden from wife) slush fund grabbing a f4 IS.

Then taking my wife out to dinner and a movie with the extra $ :)

Is it worth it to upgrade within the 70-200 line by 1 notch?


Thanks for any input
Scoob

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Depends on what you use it for. If you're always shooting at higher shutter speeds, like action, then it makes very little to no difference depending on your skill level. It's useful if you're doing still life, portraits, things that are not moving much, very low light shots of things not moving, etc.

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Jun 23, 2014 08:41 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #4

I've owned a 70-200 F/2.8 non-IS for about eight years and I think not getting the IS version was one of my biggest lens purchasing mistakes. I just ordered the F/4 IS version so I can give you a really definitive answer in another week or so but I believe IS is well worth the extra $$$.


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Jun 23, 2014 08:42 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #5

Scoobert.
The Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS is one the sharpest, nicest piece of glass Canon makes. At f/4, IS really is a great option to have when handholding at slower shutter speeds, which we all do a bit.
Selling your NON IS and grabbing the f/4 L IS is a great decision. We won't blow your cover when your wife asks? :)


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Jun 23, 2014 08:44 |  #6

I believe that Canon also upgraded the optics from the non-IS to IS model. I have never owned the non-IS model, though.


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Jun 23, 2014 09:59 |  #7

Scott M wrote in post #16989156 (external link)
I believe that Canon also upgraded the optics from the non-IS to IS model. I have never owned the non-IS model, though.

Like you, I never owned the non-IS, but I read often that the the IS version is sharper, and yes, it's one of Canon's best. This photo was taken with the 70-200 f4 IS, 1/200 sec @ f8 and zoomed to 200mm, handheld, cropped about 75%. Try a closeup like that without IS and the keeper rate goes down fast.

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Jun 23, 2014 10:01 |  #8

Do it, no regrets.


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Jun 23, 2014 10:06 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #9

Thanks for all the great input folks.

If my 70 comes back fixed next week (BG IF) I will grab to f/4 IS. If not I will sell the 70D and take my extra cash and get a different body. Unknown which one yet.:)




  
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Jun 23, 2014 10:26 |  #10

I've a 70-200mm f/4 non IS, for outdoor shots, and it's really a great lens, sharp enough (for my eyes!) wide open. Maybe the IS version is a tad sharper, but the difference should be very small...

When light is not enough, I prefer to use my 85mm f/1.4.

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Jun 23, 2014 14:05 |  #11

I've had the non IS, the f4 IS and the f2.8 IS II. All of them have been acceptably sharp. I would recommend the f4 IS over the non IS because of its extended usability in lowlight or other handheld situations. Things like golden hour or shooting at 200mm from the MFD can mean slow shutter speeds. The other plus, for me, is that the f4 IS has weather sealing.

Since I have the f2.8 IS I much rather use that lens over the f4. I love shooting at f2.8, while not always a huge difference between the pictures I get better shutter speeds and more background seperation. It is the lens I prefer most of the 70-200 line.


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Jun 23, 2014 14:09 |  #12

I made the jump, the IS is sharper, and the IS makes a lot more versatile as you can handhold it as slows as 1/30 of a second. Makes a big difference in when and how you can use it.




  
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Jun 23, 2014 14:12 |  #13
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MalVeauX wrote in post #16989124 (external link)
Heya,

Depends on what you use it for. If you're always shooting at higher shutter speeds, like action, then it makes very little to no difference depending on your skill level. It's useful if you're doing still life, portraits, things that are not moving much, very low light shots of things not moving, etc.

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The optics are totally new on the IS version and better IMO. I've owned both and there is more to the IS version than just the addition of IS. One of Canon's sharpest and best contrast lenses is the IS version.




  
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Jun 23, 2014 14:39 as a reply to  @ Hogloff's post |  #14

IS for me also!


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Jun 23, 2014 17:39 |  #15

Another vote for IS.


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