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70-200 F4 IS or non IS

 
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Oct 22, 2009 19:35 |  #31

I have the 70-200 non-IS and there haven't been many instances in which I have wanted IS. Now, wanting 2.8 is a different story. But that's just me and what I shoot; things like bands, sports, candids, animals. Pretty much anything in motion.


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Oct 22, 2009 21:12 |  #32

I would rather have the 55-250 IS than the 70-200mm f/4L non-IS. But that's just me.


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Oct 22, 2009 21:18 |  #33

Mine costed me about $800 shipped. Compared to last years prices pretty much anything you could have paid seems like grand larceny now :). Man the prices have gone up a bunch.

I remember you could pick up a 2.8L IS for $1400-$1450 during Rebate season. Now its $1699. Thats $250 difference in a year.


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Oct 22, 2009 21:39 as a reply to  @ post 8782889 |  #34

IS is very beneficial if you can afford it


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Oct 22, 2009 22:30 |  #35

Rubberhead wrote in post #8876355 (external link)
I would rather have the 55-250 IS than the 70-200mm f/4L non-IS. But that's just me.

Heh. Really, eh. I was thinking of upgrading my 55-250 to the 70-200 non-IS (or possibly IS if I can get a good deal on it). You don't think there's much of a difference?


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Oct 24, 2009 06:51 |  #36

KeKeKumba wrote in post #8876863 (external link)
Heh. Really, eh. I was thinking of upgrading my 55-250 to the 70-200 non-IS (or possibly IS if I can get a good deal on it). You don't think there's much of a difference?

If you REALLY need IS but don't want to pay $1000 bucks for the 70-200 f/4 IS....the 55-250mm is a perfectly good alternative. It's also lighter and more compact, which for some mean it's a better travel lens.

But I wouldn't trade the speed of the AF on the 70-200mm for anything. Not gonna get that fast on a 55-250mm.


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Oct 24, 2009 07:01 |  #37

I do not own a Canon 70-200 f/4 L lens. IMHO, the image-stabilization is a nice feature to have readily available pending your photographic needs. Is the cost difference between the IS vs non-IS version justified? Only you can answer that.


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Oct 24, 2009 07:16 |  #38

70-300 IS USM is much better alternative to 70-200 than 55-250, however, about twice more expensive ($530 vs $280).


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Oct 24, 2009 07:29 |  #39

No doubt....I've always said the 55-250mm might be one of the best bang-for-buck lenses on the consumer end of things.

I still think I would take the 70-200 non-IS over the 70-300 IS because of those killer AF speeds.


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Oct 24, 2009 08:27 |  #40

Nervous wrote in post #8884993 (external link)
70-300 IS USM is much better alternative to 70-200 than 55-250, however, about twice more expensive ($530 vs $280).

Having owned all three lenses, I don't agree with this statement. There's very little practical difference, other than build, between the 70-300 and the 55-250. The 70-300 doesn't have "true" USM; I found focusing speeds to be comparable between this lens and the 55-250. I also preferred the IS system on the 55-250. As for image quality, I can't distinguish between the images taken with the 70-300 and those taken with the 55-250. In the end I sold my 70-300 and kept the 55-250, and never once regretted my decision. Here in Canada, the 70 is more than twice the price of the 55, but IMHO it's nowhere near twice the lens - if, indeed, it's better at all.

The 70-200 f/4 IS, on the other hand, is in a totally different league in every respect.


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Oct 24, 2009 09:30 |  #41

Yes, the 4L IS has better IQ than the 4L. Here's a comparison chart:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com …&FLI=0&API=0&Le​nsComp=104 (external link)

To answer your question on price vs need it will come down to what kind of photography you do. I do people portraits and the need for low light images on non moving subjects fits the 4L IS perfectly for it. I have seen many shots on my 4L non IS where I shoot 1/125 and they come out a little soft due to my camera shake. I could use a tripod to alleviate this, but it's not my shooting style. The IS version helps me with what and how I shoot. So rather than looking at the price you have to ask yourself if the IS will help you in your situation. Only you can answer that. If your looking for better IQ, then the 4L IS is your pick. (If you look at the 4L IS vs the 2.8L IS you will see that the 4L IS has slightly better IQ)


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Oct 25, 2009 14:16 as a reply to  @ Mossman6's post |  #42

I think I've decided to wait for an IS version.


In regards to the price, I can absolutely get a new non IS F4L for 500 taxes inclusive - through work. I will have to shop around for a lower price on the IS version.. Through work, again it would be 1300 taxes inclusive.

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Oct 25, 2009 22:32 |  #43

If you can really get 70-200mm f/4 for $500 (Cdn), that's a pretty sweet deal.


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Oct 25, 2009 23:27 |  #44

IS is worth the wait.


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Oct 27, 2009 06:47 |  #45

BeritOlam wrote in post #8894232 (external link)
If you can really get 70-200mm f/4 for $500 (Cdn), that's a pretty sweet deal.

I could get 20 of them heh.. it's around 490 USD...with the exchange..

I still plan on waiting for the IS version though.


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