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Aug 05, 2010 00:43 |  #1

Hello,

I am debating myself to purchase one of the 70-200 2.8 IS. MkII is more expensive than MkI but is it worth to spend an extra $700-1K? I owned the mkI before and like a lot; however I had to sell that copy. What is your opinion?

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Aug 05, 2010 00:54 |  #2
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If you have cash - Mark II 100%!!!
Now, if you want to split the cash and get Mark I + other glass, then it's up to you.
But I would definitely go for Mark II.....in fact, that's going to be my next major lens purchase


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Aug 05, 2010 03:03 |  #3

aboss3 wrote in post #10664995 (external link)
If you have cash - Mark II 100%!!!
Now, if you want to split the cash and get Mark I + other glass, then it's up to you.
But I would definitely go for Mark II.....in fact, that's going to be my next major lens purchase

I only want to get either one since I got a friend's wedding coming up and I do not trust the f4 and a flash can produce nice pictures.

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Aug 05, 2010 03:05 |  #4

It's said the Mark II is sharper by all means, but the Mark I I have is very good aswell... Even at the acclaimed weak spot of 200mm! But what aboss3 said, If you have the money for it and you're not on the lookout for other lenses... Why not?




  
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Aug 05, 2010 03:28 |  #5

Mark II if $ ain't a thing, tight budget then mk I. More than capable enough


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Aug 05, 2010 03:44 |  #6

If you have money to spend, i'd go for mk2 for sure.


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Aug 05, 2010 05:33 |  #7

tancanon58 wrote in post #10665351 (external link)
I only want to get either one since I got a friend's wedding coming up and I do not trust the f4 and a flash can produce nice pictures.

Are you the photographer for this wedding, or just taking pictures there? If you're not the actual photographer for the wedding, I wouldn't worry about it. If you are, I think I would either use your 100L for tele stuff and think about getting something faster in your wide to mid range.


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Aug 05, 2010 05:50 |  #8

You might have comparing the non IS vs the IS MKII, which is about $1000 difference. The IS mk2 is only $400 more from the IS mk1, so it's DEFINITELY worth getting the mk2!


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Aug 05, 2010 06:31 |  #9

I have been told that the MkIIs image quality, colour and contrast is like the f4 IS and I must asmit, when I shoot with my f4 IS and then do the same shots with the f2.8 mk1 the difference is clearly visible.

I don't do pixel peeping but the colour rendition is very important to me.
I'll post an example for you here a little later.

Based on this (providing its true) the MK2 is worth the extra dosh as well!


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Aug 05, 2010 06:48 as a reply to  @ MHO's post |  #10

The pictures are sharper. The contrast seems better. The IS is near silent and really is worth 4-stops. The Mk II was a great deal at $2100 from a few authorized Canon dealers on eBay when Bing cashback with rebates were in effect.


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Aug 05, 2010 07:17 |  #11

Ive had both as well as the F/4IS. The 2.8 MK2 is the best of the bunch. As sharp as the F/4IS but faster . I would rate the MK2 much higher than the MK1 vesion.


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Aug 05, 2010 07:34 |  #12

I would love a MkII but I just feel that the money currently being asked is not worth the upgrade from a MkI - but that's just for me.

Others have obviously felt differently, and made the upgrade as soon as the II was available.


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Aug 05, 2010 08:16 |  #13

If you need a high quality 70-200mm f2.8 IS L lens then the original version is still professional grade in quality. For a wedding it would perform very well for you indeed and with some flash for very dark spots give you good shots.

You don't "need" to get the M2 - however it is (in pretty much all respects) equal to or superior to the original. So if you really want to push the quality of your results and you've got the budget then by all means go for it.

One thing to consider is that retailers have a high price on the original lens now - since there is pretty much no more stock (its out of production) so any source they find will be second hand. The second hand price is around its original new retail price which is why shops are upping the price from there - also with no stock I suspect many are trading the M2 on the argument that the original is out of stock, but for a little more cost you can get the much improved M2.

So in summary either lens will work at the professional grade for you - one is better than the other but also costs a lot more. Its only bonus is that it is retailer sold so you don't have to hunt around for a good second hand copy.
(the M2 also takes up to a 2*Tc very well if you have any interst in a good 140-400mm f5.6 lens)


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Aug 05, 2010 09:24 as a reply to  @ Overread's post |  #14

The MKI was considered standard equipment in just about all lines of professional photography be it photojournalism or weddings. It performed well for many years. No reason why now all of a sudden it's not a great option. That said there is now something with very tangible improvements. If I had the money I would upgrade to one myself.


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Aug 05, 2010 10:21 as a reply to  @ Bradfordguy's post |  #15

Its all about money's worth and that is unfortunately relative to the person. Some two cents worth is useless while to others it is priceless.

I have used both and I liked the first version very well but the price difference I paid worth 600 (got a used 2nd version) is worth it.


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