00dahc wrote in post #9630794
Yikes. That's quite a price hike. Considering all they did was take the old turd 2.8 and make it as sharp as it should have been in the first place. Having the IS from the 70-200 f/4L IS will be a nice touch though.
Whoawhoa, calm down, the f/2.8 IS is a much older lens compared to the f/4 IS
At the time the 70-200 f/2.8 IS was introduced in 2001, At the time, I bet you it was considered awesome and VERY sharp considering most people were still shooting film at that point...
The complaints about its sharpness didnt arise until digital got more popular and then the 70-200 f/4L was introduced in 2006 and since then, the older f/2.8 one has had to live in its brothers shadow in terms of sharpness..
But lets be realistic here, thats a 5 year gap, in that 5 year gap we went from the EOS-1D that had 4 megapixels and struggled to do quality above ISO400, and had **** battery life to the EOS-1Ds Mark II which had 16 megapixels and could do ISO1600 comfortably all day long...as well as a full frame image sensor (And in a few months after that, the Mark III came with a 21 megapixel sensor that stressed every lens design out there..and it could shoot 3200 or 6400 as much as you please without complaint)
Also things changed with how we view and look at our images, we'd never look at a film image the way most of us do our digital ones...making sharpness and focus more critical than 9 years ago when the mark 1 was introduced
And of course, technology and coatings have improved, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS was an amazing piece of technical achievement at that time..the sheer amount of glass in that baby is shocking..and at the time, it was a lens that made the world jealous..Nikon didnt respond to it for 2 years and theirs was considered to be not as good on full frame (It was designed with DX in mind and it shows..the Nikon was stronger on the DX cameras, but weaker on FX because its borders werent as good...Supposedly)