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Exchange 200 2L against 200 1.8 in perfect condition!?

 
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Oct 07, 2014 13:16 |  #1

One question for all the lover of the two bokeh machines...

would you exchange a 200 2L IS against a 200mm 1.8 in perfect condition built in 1997???


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Oct 07, 2014 13:26 |  #2

No. The difference between the two is not significant enough to risk not being able to repair the lens.


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Oct 07, 2014 20:50 |  #3

No, being able to repair the f/2 would be more important to me. Also having IS is helpful.


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Oct 07, 2014 21:42 as a reply to  @ kawi_200's post |  #4

Another vote for "No"

Canon can no longer repair the 200 f1.8
All it takes is a moment of carelessness and a small drop to break/misalign something.

I would keep the 200 f2


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Oct 07, 2014 21:49 |  #5

I wouldn't. + 1 to the IS statement.




  
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Oct 07, 2014 21:49 |  #6

no, I agree with the others if my 200L IS busted and I couldn't repair it i'd be crying :)


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Oct 08, 2014 00:30 |  #7

raptor3x wrote in post #17199447 (external link)
No. The difference between the two is not significant enough to risk not being able to repair the lens.

+1. I sold my beloved 200 1.8 because the risk of it beaming an expensive paper weight worried me.


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Oct 08, 2014 09:54 |  #8

+1 to all.

IS and still serviced by canon.




  
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Oct 08, 2014 10:03 |  #9

Trade for the 1.8 version... Hehehhehe...

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Oct 08, 2014 11:20 as a reply to  @ airbutchie's post |  #10

That's rich man talk here :p
f1.8 vs f2 is a small difference and IS is recommended at 200mm, Lisa Holloway or something constantly uses this 200 1.8 if i'm not mistaken?

If you would speak 135 f2L or 70-200 2.8L II is, I would doubt.
There is a bigger difference between f2-f2.8
Handholding a 135mm without IS <> 200mm is maybe also a difference to be able to hold the lens still.


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Oct 08, 2014 16:14 |  #11

Philippe_Peignoir wrote in post #17201521 (external link)
That's rich man talk here :p
f1.8 vs f2 is a small difference and IS is recommended at 200mm, Lisa Holloway or something constantly uses this 200 1.8 if i'm not mistaken?

If you would speak 135 f2L or 70-200 2.8L II is, I would doubt.
There is a bigger difference between f2-f2.8
Handholding a 135mm without IS <> 200mm is maybe also a difference to be able to hold the lens still.

Not really... a used 200 1.8 is in the ballpark of a 70-200 II, depending on condition. Its just a tremendous amount of moola to have tied up in something that may be impossible to fix if it gets broken.

Regarding IS, I think it depends on what you shoot and what you are used to using. I rarely use IS on any of my lenses, and shot the 200 1.8 with TCs hand held and did fine. If you are using it for action shooting, you'd have IS anyway usually. I shoot mostly sports and some wildlife.


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Oct 11, 2014 04:08 |  #12

I would never change 200 f2 to older model. What you get in practice? You lose IS and some image quality.
Great lens they both are anyway!


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