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Just wanted to know what you guys thoughts are,I've been looking at getting the 55-200 is.I know the optics are pretty decent,but the build quality not so good.but I also love the 70-200 l non is.which is a lot better build quality.but are the optics far superior on the l lens.because it's all about image quality for me.I know its a lot more expensive.I won't be using it for serious stuff,just family portraits,days out,events,etc etc.but as I said earlier,I really do love the 70-200 l glass.
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I would go for the 70-200 f4L anyday! It's an absolutely beautiful lens! The 55-250 has the same optics as a kit lens and isn't that impressive for image quality. Don't worry about the image stabiliser, it's only really useful for low light work when the subject is still.
70-200 f4L non IS all day long , no competition we use them all the time and get crisp sharp shots at 1/50 at 200mm dont ask me how the lens is just that well balanced ( or we are just superb lol )
p.s 300-350 s/hand ...
Quote: 70-200 f4L non IS all day long
Had one of these when I used Canon. Totally agree - it is one of Canon's better efforts.
Thankyou guys,been looking second hand but there seems to be non available.
Just sold mine on Saturday, with tripod mount, which I would suggest you get with the lens. Great lens btw.
İ have a 70-200 l f4 mint condition i hardly used it £400
I used to own a F4L and it's the one lens I regret selling. I have a 55-250 Is now and it hardly sees the light of day. Not because it's poor optically but it does not have the lovely warm colour rendition and contrast that the L series gives. Have a look at MPB website they usually have them at about£400. Seems to be the going rate for one!
Quote: The 55-250 has the same optics as a kit lens and isn't that impressive for image quality. Don't worry about the image stabiliser, it's only really useful for low light work when the subject is still.
Which explains why it is Canon's 2nd best selling lens behind the 50mm F1.8.
The IS system has both vertical and horizontal automatic panning, so is useful for more than static shots.
This thread shows the potential of the lens :- http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=459569
I have had this lens for 5 years and it does the job very well for a modest cost.
70-200 L is my choice for long time but budget is not yet there so i bought a sigma 50-200 os hsm and for 80 or 90 euros that give good results, for sure that's not L series but i don't have yet L budget )
If your budget allow you the 70-200mm L, don't hesitate i think. If not, you can also do like i did and you will always sell it later to investin L series.
i have just bought the 70-200 F4 IS L and wont put it down, it truly is an amazing lens!! super sharp VERY fast and light. to the point im ditching my 300 f4 IS L
How does the Tamron 70-300 VC compare, I have heard very good things about it for the price?
Well, i had it and sold it after few weeks, yes it's a 300mm but i was not happy with sharpness and speed, however that has been compromise, at this price you can't have the L quality, But if i compare with the 50-200 sigma which is OS ad HSM i prefer the sigma, faster, more sharp and better colors but that's my personnal point of view. I won't sell this one till i will be able to take the 70-200 L
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