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The old 70-200 F/2.8 IS - Buying it used

 
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Nov 19, 2010 04:58 |  #1

I have a good opportunity to get a 70-200 F/2.8 IS. It''s not the Mark II but it's a good price. I know the new mark II is better but is it really $1000 better? That's what I am looking at. I can get one that's 2 years old and the guy claims he used it "once" and it's been in his closet in it's bag the rest of the time. It looks new. I don't know if I can pass it up. I have read the reviews and know the F/4 and new Mark II is a little sharper. Is the "old" 2.8 going to be okay for portraits? Fine art? I already know it will be okay for action. Thanks.


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Nov 19, 2010 06:21 |  #2

Through (quite a few) airline miles and the canon rebates I got the new II version for $1469, but that's besides the point.
The "old" 70-200 has been in almost every pro bag since 2001. If you find a deal on it, Get it and start shooting, Its still an amazing lens.


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Nov 19, 2010 09:07 |  #3

nate42nd wrote in post #11311310 (external link)
I have a good opportunity to get a 70-200 F/2.8 IS. It''s not the Mark II but it's a good price. I know the new mark II is better but is it really $1000 better? That's what I am looking at. I can get one that's 2 years old and the guy claims he used it "once" and it's been in his closet in it's bag the rest of the time. It looks new. I don't know if I can pass it up. I have read the reviews and know the F/4 and new Mark II is a little sharper. Is the "old" 2.8 going to be okay for portraits? Fine art? I already know it will be okay for action. Thanks.


Yes, It is $1000 better. If you look on FredMiranda the old 70-200L beats the 70-200L IS I wide open in terms of IQ. The new 70-200 IS II lens beats both of them @200mm 2.8


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Nov 19, 2010 09:55 |  #4

A5forfighting wrote in post #11311493 (external link)
Through (quite a few) airline miles and the canon rebates I got the new II version for $1469, but that's besides the point.
The "old" 70-200 has been in almost every pro bag since 2001. If you find a deal on it, Get it and start shooting, Its still an amazing lens.


$1496 That's a great deal. I want.. I want. :p


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Nov 19, 2010 09:56 as a reply to  @ snoop99's post |  #5

We recently upgraded to the Mk II version, after shooting hundreds of thousands of sports photos with the Mk I. While I've only taken a few hundred shots with the new glass, there is improvement, both in sharpness & focus speed.

Realistically, the Mk I lens (6 years old) owed me absolutely nothing and the CDN$1600 I received for it was gravy.

I wouldn't worry about purchasing an "inferior" lens with a good used Mk I. Good glass.




  
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Nov 19, 2010 10:42 |  #6

I AM worried a bit about buying this version of the 70-200 and regretting it. It's a big investment. Maybe I will wait a while and get the mkII version. I wonder how these are selling....it seems like they go like hotcakes on most on-line marketplaces. (the old version) I could always sell it if I didn't like it.

I think I will just wait until I can afford the mkII OR consider the F/4 version. I don't shoot much action, but DO shoot a lot of low-light. The F/4 would "almost" be okay for me, but I want IS.


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Nov 19, 2010 11:56 |  #7

I don't think you'd lose any money if you bought a mk I used. I've got the non-IS right now, and I'd say if you're in the market, just jump and get it. The 70-200 f2.8 is an incredible setup. With IS you're doing even better. Great, great lenses.


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Nov 20, 2010 21:11 |  #8

You never know. Maybe you'll score an MK1 that is comparable to an MKII and save yourself a grand. This was shot with a 1.4 TC; subject traveling at around 140 mph.


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Nov 20, 2010 21:46 |  #9

It is a FINE lens. Yes, the mark II is probably better, but the mark I lens still can only be described as excellent. I've had one for many years and it's already so good that I have no desire whatsoever to upgrade to the mark II.

People have been getting amazing, award winning photos with the mark I for almost 10 years. If you cannot achieve the same, then it's certainly not because it's "inferior".

For $1000, I can think of other things to better spend my money on, like a Sigma 30 1.4 and Canon 85 1.8. I mean, if the mark I was crap then that would be a different story, but it's not.


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Nov 20, 2010 23:57 |  #10

Non-IS f2.8 at night, ISO 3200, 1/400. Using a monopod while sitting on the ground. Lens works!

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Nov 21, 2010 06:46 |  #11

The 2 is better than the 1, but the 1 is still an awesome lens. If you have the chance for a mint cheap original, by all means get it.


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Dec 30, 2010 19:19 |  #12

I am STILL struggling with this. I found another one locally from a pro who has had it for 4 years but it's in great condition. He has a huge portfolio with images from this lens and they are amazing. It's a good price. I think it's worth getting a MK I if it's a good price and the lens is in good working condition. How many shots is a lens goingt o give you? A lens has moving parts in it.....the diaphragm blades are moving with every shot. At what point does a lens like thins wear out? I think this guy has taken good care of it, but used it a lot.

Also.....would you recommend getting a Sigma 70-200 F/2.8 NEW with a warranty? That seems to be a good lens. Not as good as a Canon "L" but maybe better than an old "L" that's been used a lot with no warranty. I don't know.....buying lenses is fun but it's hard to decide unless you just get the best.....new.


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Dec 31, 2010 00:39 |  #13

Bobbyz did a comparison with his new MKII and his old MKI and posted a thread about it. Look in search with his name for threads and you can see his comparison.

My vote: get the MKI if you can get it now. If not you can sell it for the same amount you bought it for, if not selling it for more or slightly less. Think of it as a couple year $50 or $100 rental :)


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Dec 31, 2010 01:22 |  #14

I just got a used Mk I, by the looks of things so far it was definitely worth the investment.


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Dec 31, 2010 21:56 |  #15

mds2004 wrote in post #11545583 (external link)
Bobbyz did a comparison with his new MKII and his old MKI and posted a thread about it. Look in search with his name for threads and you can see his comparison.

My vote: get the MKI if you can get it now. If not you can sell it for the same amount you bought it for, if not selling it for more or slightly less. Think of it as a couple year $50 or $100 rental :)

That's a good way to look at it. I am going to call him in the morning and go pick it up. (if he still has it.) I seem to keep coming across these deals. This particular 70-200 F/2.8 (non IS) is $725, USD. I think it's hard to pass up. I could probably sell it for more. He has had it for sale for about 3 weeks for this price and I cannot believe nobody has picked it up. It was the same with my 24-105. I got it used for an amazing deal.

I am going to give it a try. I hope it's still available. Thanks for the perspective on it. I can always sell it an pick up the new IS version in a few months.


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