AMD87 wrote in post #8914015
I know there are about 5 billion 70-200 threads so heres mine
I always promised my self that when i got my first "proper" job i would treat myself to an L-series lens so popped into jessops today and they had a 70-200 2.8 IS which is near the top of my short list if not the top. Although on trying it out i have to say i am slightly disappointed i was expecting it to be alot sharper (im a right PIA for sharpness).
Also i mainly do Motorsport with some street/landscape and candid at friends partys or just having a laugh.....anything really
i also like doing night time as well.
The thing is with night time i use a tripod and a low apeture anyway so what i'm thinking is is that do i really need the 2.8 over the 4 where as if i get the 4 IS i can cover most and for the candid parties etc i would still have change to get the 50 1.4 and with abit more the 85 1.8 too. i know im about to open a large can of worms but lucky a know a couple of people who have a photography studio and a 70-200 2.8 IS and told me im more than welcome to come to the studio and try it out properly for longer so i'm also hoping for some advice on how to use it properly to get the most to see if it is what i want.
All taken at 2.8....
A few things to keep on mind, you can use a 70-200 F/2.8 at F/2.8, F/4, or what ever, but you can't use a 70-200 F/4 at F2.8. From what some people say here, the 70-200 F/4 get sharper when step down, so you would still at the same spot, steeping down to F5.6, or 8, so you might no be happy with it then... If the picture is not as sharp as you want it to be, there is always post processing.
You also say that you have print some of your pics at full size, but I would guess that you don't look at the print 2 feet away.
The point of the F/2.8 been sharper than the F/4 seem to be something that people are 50-50 on, some say that yes, one is sharper over the other, some say that there is no way, have you taken a look at the tread on this forum with pics from this lens? There is a ton of sweet pics there, just like there are some nice pics that came from the F/4.
I have spend 4 days, and a big part of the nights, as I don't sleep much reading reviews, checking out different web sites, and one thing is for sure, every one agrees that the F/2.8 IS is a great lens for sure, it seems like you can do more with this lens than with the F/4 IS, now, it comes at a price tag, and with extra weight...
One thing is for sure, it seems like most people have a very hard time choosing between the 70-200 F/2.8 and the 70-200 F/4 IS or not, depending on the budget... Me included... But I think I will go for it... Oh, and just for the record, I'm a noob when it comes to photography... BUt I Have spent a lot of time researching this lens...