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fr0natz
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Oct 04, 2009 21:05 |  #1

Im currently shooting with a 70-200F4 non IS. Ive loved this lens, but Id like something a little faster.

I have two main options from here after selling my F4. Considering a good half of what I shoot with this lens(es) will be paintball, AF speed is of pretty high importance when paired with my 40D.

Option 1 is a canon 70-200 2.8 non IS or a Sigma 70-200 2.8 II. Both will be sufficiently sharp. Im just worried the Sigma's focus may be slower. Also, I dont believe the Sigma is weather sealed. Which isnt a big deal, but sucks a bit.

Option 2 is I can get two nice primes, 100 F2 and 200 2.8L for a little more than the previous option, but Ive always wanted the F2 for portraits and the 2.8L is just plain sexy.

If I did get the Sigma, I may be able to get the 100F2 as well not too far down the road.

Also, 99% of my paintball shots are at a full 200mm. So shooting with the prime wouldnt be a problem, and I expect to get a tcon for the telephoto no matter which lens I get.

Im leaning towards the Canon 2.8, but I would appreciate some input.
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Oct 04, 2009 21:10 |  #2

I believe the 70-200 2.8 Non-IS is not weather sealed, the IS version is.

I like flexibility so I'd go with the 70-200, most likely Canon if it were me. Since you basically always shoot at 200mm then I'd say go for the 200 and the 100 since you want the F2.




  
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Oct 05, 2009 13:12 |  #3

ditto the fanatic above :) I think the two-lens option of the 200/2.8, 100/2, and a 1.4xTC from kenko would be a great choice. Maximize your options definitely. Only downsize is you may have to swap lenses, or add that TC once in awhile when needed.


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Oct 05, 2009 14:24 |  #4

Option 2. I have the 200mm 2.8 and the 100mm 2.0. They are my favorite lenses. I also have the 70-200 f/4 IS, which I find very useful in certain situations. If I had to get rid of the primes or the zoom, the zoom would be gone. Portraits are far better at 100mm with the 2.0 compared to the zoom at 100mm with f/4. Also, my 200mm 2.8 is sharper at 2.8 than the zoom is at f/4. And the zoom has excellent IQ.




  
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Oct 06, 2009 00:08 |  #5

fr0natz wrote in post #8760902 (external link)
Also, I dont believe the Sigma is weather sealed. Which isnt a big deal, but sucks a bit.

None of the bodies or lenses in your signature are weather sealed, so I don't see how this could possibly matter to you. The 100/2 you are considering isn't weather sealed either, but you still want to buy it. Just say "I don't want it because it is a Sigma" and move on.

If you are participating in the paintball sessions, I would go with the zoom just for convenience and versatility. If you are shooting as a spectator and have a little more time at your disposal, I would consider the primes.


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Oct 06, 2009 14:21 |  #6

Fanatic, youre correct. Only the IS versions are sealed. I just rechecked.

As much as I love the primes, the convenience of the zoom is just too important.
The zoom will be mainly for paintball, but I dont shoot it seriously. So the Sigma should do me fine. Plus, if I go that route (buying one used) I could still get the 100 F2. Id say its not a bad bargain.

Grab a 1.4x sometime soon after and Id say Im pretty set.


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Oct 06, 2009 14:52 |  #7

I think you would be surprised how little the blur difference is between 100mm f2 vs f2.8, and there is bascially no difference if you used say 135mm f2.8 vs 100m f2. I don't think you will need the prime if blur is your main concern. 200mm f2.8 will absolutely destroy the BG if you have the room to work.


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