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Jun 02, 2009 22:04 |  #1

I would like a Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS USM lens, but they ARE expensive. Is there a comparable lens made by Tamron or some other manufacturer. I have a Canon 5DM2.


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Jun 02, 2009 22:10 |  #2

I may be wrong but I am pretty sure Sigma makes a nice 70-200 2.8


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Jun 02, 2009 23:31 as a reply to  @ trophy_23's post |  #3

Tamron makes a 70-200 2.8, so does Sigma. Both are supposed to be quite good if you can avoid focusing problems. Sigma's has HSM, so focusing speed is nearly on par to Canon.

I just got myself an older Canon 80-200 2.8 - it's got the same IQ as the current 70-200, but no USM and it's black instead of white. Quite a bargain if you can find it!




  
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Jun 02, 2009 23:33 |  #4

There is no comparable lens: third parties have no IS in their 70-200 f/2.8.


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Jun 02, 2009 23:51 |  #5

Do you need f/2.8 for sure? The f/4 70-200 IS is highly regarded and substantially less expensive/heavy.


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Jun 03, 2009 02:49 |  #6

nphsbuckeye wrote in post #8039592 (external link)
There is no comparable lens: third parties have no IS in their 70-200 f/2.8.

Here's to wishing for a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS!




  
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Jun 03, 2009 03:17 |  #7

nphsbuckeye wrote in post #8039592 (external link)
There is no comparable lens: third parties have no IS in their 70-200 f/2.8.

Yep--none of them have optical stabilization. Well, except for Nikon. But you'll have to get an adapter to use it on a Canon dSLR. :D

Canon has four amazing 70-200 "L" zoom lenses--surely one of them would be ideal?


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Jun 03, 2009 03:36 |  #8

I went through the same dilemma in choosing between the f/2.8 IS and f/4 IS and decided with the f/4 IS. I didn't use cost as a factor, but more so on size, weight, and my typical use of the lens. The 2.8IS is too large to haul around and for shooting indoors in low light, it's just too long to use in tight spaces unless you're looking at portraits or close ups. The f/4IS is actually the newest of the 4 70-200 series and arguably the sharpest of them all. They are all sharp, but reviews who put them under the microscope will say that the f/4 IS is the sharpest. To the rest of us, they are all sharp. I mostly use the 70-200 outdoors with plenty of light. The newer version of the IS in the f/4 has the same effective stop as the 2.8IS.

I suggest that you rent both and see which one you like better. I like traveling light and I don't see myself carrying the 2.8IS around my neck for long periods of time. For $300 more than a 2.8IS you can get the 70-200 f/4L IS + 135mm f/2L.


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Jun 03, 2009 08:09 |  #9

To everyone that responded to my email on comparable lenses - THANK YOU. I really appreciate the information. I always thought (by the serious professionals) that the 2.8 (70-200mm L) was the best. sf-lloft makes a really compelling case for an f/4 lens. Thanks Again.


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