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Canon 70-200 vs 70-200 II

 
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Jul 12, 2010 17:59 |  #1

I did a few searches on this topic but could not find a direct comparison between the two (honest).
I have a few important concerts coming up and I am considering the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM. Can someone explain the difference between the first and second generation (or point me to a thread I could not find). I can get the first generation for about $1800 brand new and the second is closer to $2500. $1800 is pushing my budget a lot as this would be an investment for jobs I have not gotten paid for yet. With that said if there is a significant difference between the two I would rather spend the money now and get the best option if it is in fact that much difference.
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Jul 12, 2010 18:06 |  #2

I think the biggest improvement is the new hybrid IS, up to 4 stops of light allowance.

Is said to produce more pleasing bokeh, weighs a bit more, build is the same robust L quality.

Hmm, what else....lemme think.


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Jul 12, 2010 18:07 as a reply to  @ BucketMan's post |  #3

Here ya go, from dpreview:

Canon has released a successor to its professional workhorse fast telezoom, in the shape of the EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM. Although outwardly similar to its predecessor, the new lens features a revised optical design, incorporating a fluorite element and no fewer than 5 UD elements for the correction of chromatic aberrations. The minimum focus distance has been reduced to 1.2m, with a corresponding increase in maximum magnification to 0.21x. The mechanical design has also been modified, with the most obvious external change being a wider focusing ring. As usual for an L series design, the lens features dust- and drip-proof construction. It's also fully compatible with Canon's existing teleconverters and extension tubes.

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Jul 12, 2010 18:15 |  #4

The reviews I've read state that the mark II is sooooooooooo much better than the mark I. If you're already willing to drop 2 grand on the mark 1, the mark 2 is the hands down better deal. And really, there are PLENTY of direct comparisons--just go to any review website that has already gone over the Mark II. They pretty much all weigh in on how the Mark II is compared to the Mark I


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Jul 12, 2010 18:49 |  #5

it's definitely sharper than the mk I, now all i need to do is sell my old one and add another thousand dollars LOL.

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Jul 12, 2010 19:02 |  #6

I used to think that my MK I was great but, after using my MK II for some time now, it wins hands down for for IQ and speed. Plus the 4 stop IS works as advertised. Don't get me wrong. The MK I is good but, if you're on a budget don't force yourself to buy the MK II.

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Jul 12, 2010 19:05 |  #7

The MK I will give you nice images too.:)

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Jul 12, 2010 19:10 |  #8

Btw, I think $1800.00 is way too much for the MK I. You should be paying around $1400.00-$1600.00 max.




  
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Jul 12, 2010 19:28 |  #9

jdizzle wrote in post #10524021 (external link)
Btw, I think $1800.00 is way too much for the MK I. You should be paying around $1400.00-$1600.00 max.

Really? I appreciate that. I got just one quote from a local camera store I do business with. I will call around but I am leaning toward the MKII now.


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Jul 12, 2010 19:38 |  #10

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Really? I appreciate that. I got just one quote from a local camera store I do business with. I will call around but I am leaning toward the MKII now.

Well, after checking B&H, I saw the price was as much as $1899.00. I guess if you buy used in mint condition, you should be paying around the price I posted.




  
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Jul 12, 2010 19:39 |  #11

The one thing I do love about the 70-200 MK II is the SOOC contrast. It's an amazing piece of glass.




  
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Jul 12, 2010 19:53 |  #12

I did look at buying used but there are none of either generation in the used marked in my area or craigslist.
I know ebay is always an option but spending this kind of money on something used I have to see it in person.
So I am at $1900 vs $2500. Is there $600 worth of difference? I know many of you do not favor Best Buy but the 36 month same as cash is very tempting but the MK 1 cannot be had through Best Buy.


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Jul 12, 2010 19:56 |  #13

Here you go:

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Jul 12, 2010 20:02 as a reply to  @ TaDa's post |  #14

jdizzle, you have excellent taste in mild alcoholic beverages.:D


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Jul 12, 2010 20:04 |  #15

For me the difference is totally worth it. I'm a happy camper. :D




  
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