Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
Thread started 30 Dec 2017 (Saturday) 11:01
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Alternative to Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

 
Bogino
Senior Member
Avatar
472 posts
Gallery: 29 photos
Likes: 124
Joined Sep 2011
Location: Southern California
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:01 |  #1

I currently own a Canon 70-200mm f/4 non-IS. I now want to upgrade to an f/2.8 WITH IS, however, don't really want to spend the $1,700 or $1,800 for a brand new one.

What are your thoughts on the Sigma and/or Tamron version of the above. Looks like those may be $600 or more less expensive (Brand New). I would appreciate any comments.

Alternatively, would looking to buy a USED Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II also make sense as those as the market in the $1,400 - $1,500 range.

Thank You.


Canon 7D Mark II; Canon 70-300mm "L"; Canon 100mm Macro; Tamron 24-70mm; Tokina 11-16mm 2.8

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
ebiggs
Senior Member
Avatar
638 posts
Gallery: 24 photos
Likes: 70
Joined Oct 2012
Location: Spring Hill, KS
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:07 |  #2

If I could not have my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens I would buy the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Canon EF. As a matter of fact I have both. Most of the time I doubt you can tell the difference in your shots. Unless you are a pixel peeper that is.


G1x, EOS 1Dx, EOS 1D Mk IV, ef 8-15mm f4L,
ef 16-35mm f2.8L II, ef 24-70mm f2.8L II, ef 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II,
Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport
*** PS 6, ACR 9.3, Lightroom 6.5 ***

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
evelakes
Goldmember
Avatar
2,201 posts
Gallery: 130 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 10292
Joined Feb 2013
Location: Netherlands Wijchen
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:15 |  #3

if you can find one the Sigma 50-150 2.8 os hsm is a beast and laser sharp .

IMAGE: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/33941623320_2d1cc96b25_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/THiG​75  (external link) Colored frog at La Paz Waterfall park 5 (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5659/22864875397_1c40c6ec7d_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AQus​RB  (external link) Eagles Eye 1 (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/670/22501321813_678d54957e_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ahna​3n  (external link) grey hawk flyby 1 (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5832/22702908879_ee1cda06e7_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/AAbk​Rr  (external link) grey hawk flyby (-_-) (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/576/22633621882_64c296e876_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Au4e​f3  (external link) rose in the rain (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.
flickr (external link)https://www.flickr.com​/photos/97611076@N06/
https://500px.com/evel​akes

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
ebiggs
Senior Member
Avatar
638 posts
Gallery: 24 photos
Likes: 70
Joined Oct 2012
Location: Spring Hill, KS
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:19 as a reply to  @ evelakes's post |  #4

I had one of those too. I also thought it was a great lens. I no longer have a crop body so I sold mine. But it certainly was a favorite.


G1x, EOS 1Dx, EOS 1D Mk IV, ef 8-15mm f4L,
ef 16-35mm f2.8L II, ef 24-70mm f2.8L II, ef 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II,
Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport
*** PS 6, ACR 9.3, Lightroom 6.5 ***

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
MatthewK
Goldmember
Avatar
3,416 posts
Gallery: 593 photos
Likes: 9302
Joined Apr 2009
Location: Maryland
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:34 |  #5

I’d be looking into the new Tamron G2.


flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Bassat
"I am still in my underwear."
8,075 posts
Likes: 2725
Joined Oct 2015
Post edited 10 months ago by Bassat.
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:36 |  #6

Or maybe, just maybe, you could buy my EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM! $650 and I'll take care of PP fees and USPS shipping.
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1489855




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Bogino
THREAD ­ STARTER
Senior Member
Avatar
472 posts
Gallery: 29 photos
Likes: 124
Joined Sep 2011
Location: Southern California
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:46 as a reply to  @ Bassat's post |  #7

Thanks but I already have an f/4 which I want to unload for an f/2.8.


Canon 7D Mark II; Canon 70-300mm "L"; Canon 100mm Macro; Tamron 24-70mm; Tokina 11-16mm 2.8

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Bassat
"I am still in my underwear."
8,075 posts
Likes: 2725
Joined Oct 2015
     
Dec 30, 2017 11:50 |  #8

Bogino wrote in post #18529454 (external link)
Thanks but I already have an f/4 which I want to unload for an f/2.8.

In that case, I can vouch for the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS HSM. I used it for a year or two, and found it too big/heavy for me. Very fast AF, , good OS, and excellent wide open from 70-175 or so. Past 175mm, I needed to stop down to f/3.2 to boost sharpness. Darn good lens for the money.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
mcluckie
I play with fire, run with scissors and skate on thin ice all at once!
Avatar
2,058 posts
Gallery: 97 photos
Likes: 306
Joined Jul 2009
Location: Chicago & Terminal 1, 3 or 5 with Samsonite & Pelican
     
Dec 30, 2017 12:51 |  #9

Just get a used Canon. It focuses faster and more reliably than the alts. Its the only Canon lens I have left.
Another option is to see what focal lengths you use based on your ƒ4 experience. The 200 2.8 prime II is better at 200 than the zoom.

Beware the weight difference. I really regret selling my 70-200 ƒ4LIS for the 2.8 II. If you need 2.8 then you need 2.8...

Just don't shoot birds with it. It actually still works if you aim it somewhere more interesting.


multidisciplinary visual guy | traveler on the 8-fold path | seeker of the spark | walker of the dog
all dingus | dslr canon 5D4, 16-35III, 70-200LII zeiss distagon 15, 21, 25, 28, 50ƒ1.4 milvus; vario-sonnar 24-85; makro planar 50, 100 mirrorless fujifilm XT-2, XT-20, X-F10, 16, 56, 16-55, 50-140; zeiss distagon 12, planar 32

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Tom ­ Reichner
"I am a little creepy"
Avatar
12,477 posts
Gallery: 140 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 3114
Joined Dec 2008
Location: Omak, in north-central Washington state, USA
     
Dec 30, 2017 13:02 |  #10

mcluckie wrote in post #18529491 (external link)
Just don't shoot birds with it. It actually still works if you aim it somewhere more interesting.

I have always respected you, McCluckie, but this comment of yours is offensive. Why would you feel the need to put down something that many people find so very interesting? Just because you don't like to photograph birds doesn't mean that you should say something negative about bird photography.

I have almost no interest in photographing people, and can't understand why other photographers spend so much time taking people photos - I just don't get it. But that does not mean that I have the right to say that people are not interesting. I understand that others really like that kind of subject matter, and enjoy photographing it immensely. And I respect that. Likewise, you should respect people's endeavors with bird photography, even if you have no interest in it.

Encourage others to pursue the things that they love. Don't take the thing that they love and put it down. To do so is hurtful and mean-spirited.

.


"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
mcluckie
I play with fire, run with scissors and skate on thin ice all at once!
Avatar
2,058 posts
Gallery: 97 photos
Likes: 306
Joined Jul 2009
Location: Chicago & Terminal 1, 3 or 5 with Samsonite & Pelican
Post edited 10 months ago by mcluckie.
     
Dec 30, 2017 13:20 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #11

Sorry, I forgot to add a smile. ;-)a I apologize.
I spent some time looking at long lens forums a short time ago, and absolutely every shot was a bird. Seemed like the only way these lenses work is to point it up. Like a bird-seeking lens.
Thanks for calling me out, Tom. It was deserved as presented.


multidisciplinary visual guy | traveler on the 8-fold path | seeker of the spark | walker of the dog
all dingus | dslr canon 5D4, 16-35III, 70-200LII zeiss distagon 15, 21, 25, 28, 50ƒ1.4 milvus; vario-sonnar 24-85; makro planar 50, 100 mirrorless fujifilm XT-2, XT-20, X-F10, 16, 56, 16-55, 50-140; zeiss distagon 12, planar 32

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Tom ­ Reichner
"I am a little creepy"
Avatar
12,477 posts
Gallery: 140 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 3114
Joined Dec 2008
Location: Omak, in north-central Washington state, USA
     
Dec 30, 2017 13:32 |  #12

mcluckie wrote in post #18529524 (external link)
I spent some time looking at long lens forums a short time ago, and absolutely every shot was a bird. Seemed like the only way these lenses work is to point it up. Like a bird-seeking lens.

Well, I agree with you on that point.

Long lenses are so wonderful for a wide variety of subject matter, and if someone is ONLY shooting birds with their long lens then they are missing out. . Just like people can miss seeing the forest, for the trees, they can also miss seeing the sky, for the birds.

.


"Your" and "you're" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"They're", "their", and "there" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one.
"Fare" and "fair" are different words with completely different meanings - please use the correct one. The proper expression is "moot point", NOT "mute point".

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
evelakes
Goldmember
Avatar
2,201 posts
Gallery: 130 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 10292
Joined Feb 2013
Location: Netherlands Wijchen
Post edited 10 months ago by evelakes.
     
Dec 30, 2017 13:33 |  #13

At the short end Mcluckie;-)a

IMAGE: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5658/21800731342_eb32233745_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zdsr​Uj  (external link) paris collection 1 (2 of 7) (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/593/21822049601_4d596fbdc9_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/zfkH​5v  (external link) paris collection 1 (1 of 7) (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/20035208826_73419c679b_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/wwrF​yW  (external link) Sunset at Batenburg (external link) by richard evers (external link), on Flickr

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.
flickr (external link)https://www.flickr.com​/photos/97611076@N06/
https://500px.com/evel​akes

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
MatthewK
Goldmember
Avatar
3,416 posts
Gallery: 593 photos
Likes: 9302
Joined Apr 2009
Location: Maryland
     
Dec 30, 2017 13:54 as a reply to  @ mcluckie's post |  #14

I photographed a fox one time w/ my 500, and then a deer another time. Oh, and a raccoon. Otherwise, it's all birds, all the time :-) My 70-200 shoots nothing but people though, so that balances things out.


flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
AdamT
Member
43 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Likes: 13
Joined Jan 2013
     
Dec 30, 2017 21:49 as a reply to  @ evelakes's post |  #15

Beautiful shots!




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

5,925 views & 29 likes for this thread
Alternative to Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is PDXfoto
897 guests, 410 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 6430, that happened on Dec 03, 2017

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.