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70-200 f2,8 better than f4 ?

 
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Jan 04, 2009 08:33 |  #1

I got a 70-200f4L. My copy is razor sharp. Each shot i took with this lens really made me in love with it.

But, i'm dreaming of f2,8. I'm afraid of getting a bad copy of f2,8. Switching from a good f4 to a bad f2,8 would make me sick. Is there such a risk or f2,8 version is really far better than f4 ?

I think i don't need to jump for the IS version but in case if, i would have the same dilemna.

Please help me guys


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Jan 04, 2009 08:50 |  #2

If you buy from a place that allows you to exchange or return it, you could try the f/2.8 and see if it is better than your copy of the f4.




  
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Jan 04, 2009 09:01 |  #3

Not, i'm buying in UK from France, allowing 40% rebate since 1€=1£ !!!


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Jan 04, 2009 09:07 |  #4

Depends on your definition of better.

Image Quality wise, the 2.8 crushes the f/4 from 2.8 to f/4. At f/4, they're very very close.

Questions that you should ask yourself are:
Do you really need 2.8? (what do I plan on shooting with it?)
Are you willing to carry around a 3lb.+ lens?
Do you plan on using extenders with your lens?
etc.


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Jan 04, 2009 09:16 |  #5

TaDa wrote in post #7000948 (external link)
Image Quality wise, the 2.8 crushes the f/4 from 2.8 to f/4. At f/4, they're very very close.

I see what you did there. :p


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Jan 04, 2009 09:17 |  #6

TaDa wrote in post #7000948 (external link)
Image Quality wise, the 2.8 crushes the f/4 from 2.8 to f/4. At f/4, they're very very close.

Hee-hee... ;)



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Jan 04, 2009 09:25 |  #7

I did the same thing and had the same concerns. My F/4 was amazing. I wasn't disappointed in the F/2.8 at all. Make the switch!!


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Jan 04, 2009 09:28 |  #8

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Please do not forget to tip your waiter


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Jan 04, 2009 09:38 |  #9

I have owned all 4 70-200 Ls. The decision should be based on what you need. I needed the 2.8 for the speed and as I get older the IS gets more important. None of the 70-200 Ls are bad lenses and IQ is very close with all of them.


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Jan 04, 2009 09:41 |  #10

I have the f4 and f2.8 IS, both have its uses and are amazing. The f4 is truly my favorite outdoor zoom, but for sports, just needed a faster lens. And the weight issue is important to me as well. The 2.8 IS is huge and heavy.


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Jan 04, 2009 09:51 |  #11

SuzyView wrote in post #7001112 (external link)
The 2.8 IS is huge and heavy.

Close to twice as heavy!



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Jan 04, 2009 09:56 |  #12

If you are always running out of aperture, then consider upgrading. If you generally use your current lens at apertures smaller than f4, why bother changing?


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Jan 04, 2009 10:09 |  #13

The f/2.8 is infinitely better at 2.8 than the f/4 version... :)


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