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Thread started 27 Apr 2017 (Thursday) 17:03
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POLL: "Which lens would you prefer"
Canon EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM
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Canon EF 200mm f1.8L USM
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Canon 200mm f1.8 Vs 400mm f2.8

 
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Apr 27, 2017 17:03 |  #1

Creating this for a friend who seems to think most people would choose the 200mm f1.8 Prime over the 400mm f2.8L IS USM. Money aside, Which one would you choose? cast your vote.


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Apr 27, 2017 17:39 |  #2

As usual, the answer is: depends on what you shoot most.

The 200/1.8 is a focus-by-wire lens, and not serviced by Canon anymore.
The 400/2.8 IS v1 is horribly heavy and requires a monopod.

What about a used 200/2 ?


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Apr 27, 2017 17:41 |  #3

CheshireCat wrote in post #18340390 (external link)
As usual, the answer is: depends on what you shoot most.

Both lenses are focus-by-wire, and at least the 200/1.8 is not serviced by Canon anymore.
The 400/2.8 IS v1 is horribly heavy and requires a monopod.

What about a used 200/2 ?

Way to not get it. Put all that aside, Which one would be more beneficial to you.


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Apr 27, 2017 20:07 |  #4

DJHaze596 wrote in post #18340392 (external link)
Way to not get it. Put all that aside, Which one would be more beneficial to you.

If I hadn't any lens covering 200mm, and I was forced to choose between the two, then I'd get the 200/1.8 for sure.


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Apr 27, 2017 20:31 |  #5

Being a sportsshooter, the 400 2.8 is my moneymaker.


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Apr 27, 2017 23:37 |  #6

The 400 f2.8 is a no-brainer for me. It is extremely useful for what I shoot, whereas the 200m f1.8 would not be very useful to me at all.

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Apr 27, 2017 23:50 |  #7

I have owned the 200mm 1.8 twice, and still own the 200mm f/2,.

never had or wanted the 400mm :)

I am quite sure that the version of 400mm f/2.8 mentioned in the poll, ie the IS, is not focus by wire. It is mechanical AF just like all of it's generation.


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Apr 28, 2017 00:33 |  #8

I would go for the 200mm f/1.8 any day of the week just check out the thread
https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=1434​34&page=87
there are so many uses for this wonderful lens,...It is this thread which helped me decide to buy the 200f/2. I could not find an earlier f/1.8 version to buy as all the people I know who own one will never let them go.


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Apr 28, 2017 00:54 |  #9

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18340640 (external link)
I am quite sure that the version of 400mm f/2.8 mentioned in the poll, ie the IS, is not focus by wire. It is mechanical AF just like all of it's generation.

You are right: the "IS" version is not a focus-by-wire lens.
I have edited my post.


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Apr 28, 2017 04:08 |  #10

Split the difference, 300 2.8 IS II :)


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Apr 28, 2017 06:25 |  #11

DJ, I know you said, "Put all that aside," but I wonder if there won't be a certain amount of bias against the 200 because Canon no longer services it. I understand your friend specifically referenced the 1.8, but comparing the current IS version might remove at least a portion of any potential bias.


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Apr 28, 2017 07:18 |  #12

This really is all about the focal lengths, despite trying to convince myself that I need a nice lens over 200mm, I really don't, and if I did, the 100-400 would be more than sufficient.


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Apr 28, 2017 07:45 |  #13

Apples and oranges, 400 can't do f1.8, the f1.8 lens isn't a 400. That said I'd go 400 f2.8 just for the giggles




  
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Apr 28, 2017 10:46 |  #14

bildeb0rg wrote in post #18340833 (external link)
Apples and oranges, 400 can't do f1.8, the f1.8 lens isn't a 400. That said I'd go 400 f2.8 just for the giggles

The 200 is a good 400 with a 2x TC.
The 400 will never be a 200 (and especially as compact).


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Apr 28, 2017 20:03 |  #15

Clearly the 300/1.8 would be the best if one has to decide between these two:

http://www.canonrumors​.com …ns-we-didnt-know-existed/ (external link)


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