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Nov 20, 2016 13:19 |  #1

while i dont OWN either of these options, BorrowLens.com has them both for rent...

im wondering back and forth between either the 400 f2.8 for $435 for 7 days or the 200-400 f4 for $446 for 7 days...

will be used on a 5D3...

im looking at an opportunity to shoot either or both of these events and need more reach than my 70-200 f2.8 (with or without the 1.4x TC)...

thinking the light should be good enough for f4 and having the flexibility of 200 to 400mm reach, but college ball anymore can be dark way before the game is over...

i can handle the extra $11 so for all intents and purposes "cost is not an issue"...




  
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Nov 20, 2016 13:58 |  #2

If the light is good enough, I love the 200-400. But that is a big IF. I pretty much only use it for games that start and end under daylight. If the game goes into the evening, I use the 400 2.8. Maybe that will change next year when the pro team I shoot moves into a brand new stadium. Remains to be seen how good the lighting will be.

No denying the convenience/utility of the 200-400, but if any of my HS, University, or Pro football is going into the evening, it is the 2.8 for me.


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Nov 20, 2016 18:10 |  #3

2.8. Just love the look from that 400mm f2.8, nothing else can get you that.


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Nov 21, 2016 06:57 |  #4

If you think you are going to rent more than once per year you might want to look into buying a used 400 f/2.8

The value of it will stay about the same year after year. So sell it in a year or two for what you paid for it. It's cheaper if you can afford the initial purchase price. That's what I did with my original 400 f/2.8 IS. I shot with it for 3 years, sold it for what I paid and bought the 400mm f/2.8 IS II used. If you can depreciate it on your taxes that's a big help as well.

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Nov 21, 2016 16:18 |  #5

Zivnuska wrote in post #18190511 (external link)
If you think you are going to rent more than once per year you might want to look into buying a used 400 f/2.8

especially if you can find one in the $4K range like this one from a few months ago: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1464319


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Nov 23, 2016 18:17 |  #6

My vote goes to the 400 f/2.8 any day.
If you are not used to the size and handling you will be slow at first no matter what. Having only composition and balance to worry about is a lot easier than zooming as well.
Monopod is a basic necessity for constant use. Practice a bit first before hitting the sidelines and you'll end up with better images.

Don't be afraid to shoot wide open and take some chances after you get the feel of the lens and how it handles for you.


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