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Canon 70-200 L USM (non IS)

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    GazzaG2003
    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    9 May 2013 - 10:20 AM

    Hi
    I have the oppotunity to buy this lens at a good price but I'm trying to justify as to why I need it. my photography is mainly wildlife, I use a Canon 7D with a 100-400 L lens this combo suits my needs for the reserves I visit. what would I gain with this lens, im not worried about IS as 75% is tripod work.

    thanks
    Gary

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    mikehit
    mikehit  56487 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2013 - 10:23 AM

    For wildlife I doubt it would offer you anything - I have the 7D, and the 70-200f4L and the 100-400 and the shorter lens does not get used much nowadays. I would spend the money on a 100f2.8 macro if you do not have it already.

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    GazzaG2003
    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    9 May 2013 - 10:32 AM


    Quote: For wildlife I doubt it would offer you anything - I have the 7D, and the 70-200f4L and the 100-400 and the shorter lens does not get used much nowadays. I would spend the money on a 100f2.8 macro if you do not have it already.

    Thanks Mike thats along the lines I was thinking, as for the macro lens I have the Sigma 150mm which is awesome so im ok with that

    cheers again Smile

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72278 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

    When I was shooting wildlife, I used my 70-200 with a 1.4tc for what my 400mm prime struggled to cover,
    however, with a 100-400 you have almost all of that area covered.
    If you had any plans to start sports/portrait/fashion photography, then the 70-200 works well,
    but if not, you might find it sitting in your camera bag more often than not.

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    GazzaG2003
    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    9 May 2013 - 11:00 AM


    Quote: When I was shooting wildlife, I used my 70-200 with a 1.4tc for what my 400mm prime struggled to cover,
    however, with a 100-400 you have almost all of that area covered.
    If you had any plans to start sports/portrait/fashion photography, then the 70-200 works well,
    but if not, you might find it sitting in your camera bag more often than not.

    Thank you Andrew that was extremely helpful with regards to "sports/portrait/fashion " i do intend to gather all the family at some point this year for portraits etc, so will keep an open mind once again

    thank you
    Gary

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72278 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2013 - 12:43 PM


    Quote:
    Thank you Andrew that was extremely helpful with regards to "sports/portrait/fashion " i do intend to gather all the family at some point this year for portraits etc, so will keep an open mind once again

    thank you
    Gary

    For use on a 7D Gary, you might want to consider something wider for family(group) portraits - like the 24-105mm.
    I use the 70-200 on a 5D, mainly for headshots except when there is plenty of space available.

    GazzaG2003
    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    9 May 2013 - 1:35 PM


    Quote: For use on a 7D Gary, you might want to consider something wider for family(group) portraits - like the 24-105mm.
    I use the 70-200 on a 5D, mainly for headshots except when there is plenty of space available.

    Thanks Andrew, going quickly off topic regarding the 5D (classic) I have just come back looking at one (good price) and wondering if its worth investing in this aged camera.

    cheers!

    Last Modified By GazzaG2003 at 9 May 2013 - 1:37 PM
    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72278 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    9 May 2013 - 2:31 PM

    Well, before I got the 5D mk2, I had a 7D for 18months and a 1Dmk2n before that, and I'm still pleased with it,
    and I was never that happy with the 7D.
    I've also noticed a few wildlife photographers are now using the 5Dmk3, which is I assume due to the upgraded AF and weather sealing.

    As for the 5Dmk1, that's your decision Smile

    GazzaG2003
    GazzaG2003  11252 forum posts England
    9 May 2013 - 7:31 PM


    Quote: As for the 5Dmk1, that's your decision Smile

    yup true, thanks Andrew Smile

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