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Anyone have (or had) both 70-200LIS 2.8 mkii AND 70-300L?

 
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Mar 19, 2012 23:22 |  #1

I have the 70-300L. Lovely, sharp, great IS, great build etc.

I still lust after the 70-200L IS Mk2 from time to time and was wondering what those who have both or have had both think of the respective pros and cons of each - realising they are quite different lenses and preference will depend a bit on style and interest.

One possibility I was considering is selling the 70-300L and my 135L and getting the 70-200 mk2 as a "replacement" for both.

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Mar 20, 2012 02:49 |  #2

no-one else?


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Mar 20, 2012 10:56 |  #3

I've borrowed a 135L and rented a 70-300L. Personally I'd rather use a 70-200/2.8L IS II with a 1.4x TC. That's because I really like a faster, constant aperture over the focal range. I also really like the image quality of the 70-200 II.

The 70-300L made sense to me when compared against a 70-200/4L IS with 1.4x TC. But, if you could use the f/2.8 and don't mind the slower AF when using a 1.4x TC when going over 200mm, the 70-200/2.8L IS II makes more sense.

As for the 135L, if I had bought one, I probably couldn't get myself to sell it. It is such an awesome lens and doesn't cost that much for what it can do.


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Mar 20, 2012 11:58 |  #4

I have both. They are for different purpose.

The 70-200 II is heavy and big but it has much better bokeh. I have the 70-300L for vacation and light travel purpose.
The IQ between two are really close especially at f/5.6. The IS are comparable.

I would choose the 70-200 II every time unless light weight/small size is important.


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Mar 20, 2012 14:52 |  #5

I too have both. Both are for totally different uses.
If I am walking a good portion of the day or I need the extra reach I take the 70-300L
If I am somewhere where I do not have to hold the camera all day I use the 70-200L II

The 70-200 II has better image quality and a brighter aperture/ thinner DOF
The 70-300 still has excellent IQ as long as you have light and it weighs much less.

If I am at the zoo walking all day 70-300
Family barbecue at the park where I am shootiing in the shade of a tree with my equipment on a picnic table 70-200


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Mar 20, 2012 14:56 |  #6
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I would go with 70-200 II and 1.4 III. This would replace both your lens


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Mar 20, 2012 15:09 |  #7

thanks guys, I think I can see a mk2 in my near future :-)


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Mar 20, 2012 16:57 |  #8

CanonCleGuy wrote in post #14120758 (external link)
I would go with 70-200 II and 1.4 III. This would replace both your lens

On paper yes, but the advantage of the 70-300L over the 70-200 2.8 is the weight and portability. When you add the extender to the 7-2 II it makes it heavier and less portable.

On the other hand if I had to pick just one to own I would take the 70-200mm f2.8L IS II every time! It is in my opinion the best zoom ever made with IQ that is so good it makes people walk away from legendary lenses like the 135L.


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Mar 20, 2012 17:48 |  #9

I had both for a short period of time, but ended up selling the 70-300L. Even though it was lighter and I loved the lens, I ended up always mounting the 70-200 2.8 and never using the 70-300L.


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Mar 20, 2012 19:23 |  #10

MadlyAlive wrote in post #14121734 (external link)
I had both for a short period of time, but ended up selling the 70-300L. Even though it was lighter and I loved the lens, I ended up always mounting the 70-200 2.8 and never using the 70-300L.

that's what i expect will happen with me. While they are different lenses with different strengths, if I end up using one 90% of the time the other will have to go.


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