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Oct 13, 2008 01:17 |  #1

*sigh* somehow I knew I shouldn't have done this. I should have just rented the f/4 version which I could probably afford some day. But nooo I had a good reason to use this lens this weekend so I picked it up and took some of my best shots ever. I was shooting a family soccer event and doing some family portraits and got all the results I was looking for. Now what am I supposed to do? I guess I'll rent again as needed. At least there was one thing I really didn't like about it: it's a freaking bazooka of a lens. Way too heavy and gawdy.

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Oct 13, 2008 21:20 |  #2

So is the 70-200 f/4 IS L as satisfying to use? The lighter weight is a big plus as well as the $500 cheaper price tag.


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Oct 13, 2008 21:26 |  #3

as wonderfully sharp and light the f4 IS may be, the 2.8 IS will always have its uses where the f4 cannot be trusted upon.


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Oct 13, 2008 21:37 as a reply to  @ midget's post |  #4

I was skeptical when I finally pulled the trigger to buy mine. WOW, what a lens. I find myself wanting to shoot everything with it. If you settle for the f4 version, you will always long for the 2.8 IS

Where did you rent yours from? I bought a used 2.8 IS from www.Lensrentals.com (external link)

They sell their lenses after 1 year of use, and they take really good care of their stuff. It looks and works as new. $1399


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Oct 13, 2008 21:39 |  #5

I have the f4 IS... I don't long for the 2.8... to heavy to lug around all day, for me.


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Oct 13, 2008 21:42 |  #6

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I was skeptical when I finally pulled the trigger to buy mine. WOW, what a lens. I find myself wanting to shoot everything with it. If you settle for the f4 version, you will always long for the 2.8 IS

Where did you rent yours from? I bought a used 2.8 IS from www.Lensrentals.com (external link)

They sell their lenses after 1 year of use, and they take really good care of their stuff. It looks and works as new. $1399

not me. i've had my f4 IS for almost two years and i owned the f4 for about a year before that.

if the f4 IS and the f 2.8 IS cost the same amount i would still have bought the f4 IS. i bought the lens because it was the one i wanted, not because i couldn't afford the other :D.

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Oct 13, 2008 21:46 |  #7

Same here. The cost was not an issue when I went for the f4 IS. I think I thought about the 2.8 for about 4 seconds.... nah.....

Although I take all my hobbies VERY seriously, I don't want it to feel like "work".


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Oct 13, 2008 22:09 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #8

Seriously, the weight is not as bad as most people make it out to be. I find its a nice balance, I think I might even be able to hold it more steady by being heavier. Just my opinion. I like knowing the 2.8 is there when I need to go that low. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.


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Oct 13, 2008 22:45 |  #9

I bought the f/4L IS version back in March before a trip and returned it for the f/2.8L IS version since I do a lot of low light stuff. It is a sweet lens and yes it is heavy especially if it is just sitting in your camera bag. It makes a great portrait lens indoors or out. I have been thrilled with the results!

Only you can decide which one you want and will suit your needs. I think that they are both excellent lenses and you can't go wrong with either. The question is will you settle for the f/4 now that you know how sweet the f/2.8 is ???

Personally I want to rent a Canon 500mm f/4L IS but I know that would be a BAD idea since I would want to buy one afterwards and I know that the checkbook won't allow that anytime soon.


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Oct 13, 2008 22:56 as a reply to  @ funhouse69's post |  #10

I chose the f4 also. I could afford either but I chose the f4 because of the lens weight. I know with my f4 I can use it as a general purpose lens since it's so light. "Settle" implies we couldn't afford the more expensive lens. There are other factors. I was fortunate to rent both and found the f4 more usable for every day photography.

Besides, now I have an excuse to tell my wife I need 28-70 f2.8L or 85 f/1.2L for low light. :)




  
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Oct 13, 2008 23:00 |  #11

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*sigh* somehow I knew I shouldn't have done this. I should have just rented the f/4 version which I could probably afford some day. But nooo I had a good reason to use this lens this weekend so I picked it up and took some of my best shots ever. I was shooting a family soccer event and doing some family portraits and got all the results I was looking for. Now what am I supposed to do? I guess I'll rent again as needed. At least there was one thing I really didn't like about it: it's a freaking bazooka of a lens. Way too heavy and gawdy.

One of my favorites from saturday:

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I guess I just have to sell my car if I get tired of renting. ;)

Time to hit the gym :)

Carried it around for 6 hours yesterday...no problem. Get it..you know you want to :)


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Oct 13, 2008 23:07 |  #12

Nice shot!

Of course you could always nab the 200mm f/2.8L prime for the bokeh and sharpness in that image and save yourself a pretty massive wad of cash....its also small, light, discrete and black, and I've seen them 500-600 before used..and $680 new... [I really love recommending this lens >.>]

or you could nab the slightly lighter cheaper and more discrete Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX HSM if you want a Zoom, I saw a comparison of that lens to the IS and it was pretty hard to tell the shots apart! and thats a $800 lens :3

Depends largely on how much you liked the IS [You can get a heck of a monopod for that money] but remember IS only deals with camera shake, it doesnt do anything about subject movement [LIke you might have to deal with in portraiture] wherein your shutter speed will be fairly important! and in that instance any of those lenses are on an equal playing field [They're all f/2.8, the shutter speed will either freeze the motion or blur and show it, and IS wont do much about that!]

Just trying to give you some hope and alternates!


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Oct 16, 2008 04:15 |  #13

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother renting. My last two lenses, 17-55 and 70-200, were purchased less than a month after renting them. I don't even want to know what would happen to my wallet if I rented an 85 f/1.2 :rolleyes:




  
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Oct 17, 2008 06:58 |  #14

Get the tank, you know you want it. Seriously though, the weight isn't that bad.

This photo was taken with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS with a TC.

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Oct 17, 2008 07:20 |  #15

Ya big dummy. Don't you know that 8 out of 10 photographers who rent this lens, buy this lens?;)


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