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Canon 70-200mm f4 or f2.8


2 Mar 2012 12:49PM
Hi everybody,

Looking at the canon 70-200mm L lenses after selling a sigma 70-200mm f2.8 which had been a great lens for me just a bit soft at 200 and wide open, and I've been reading the canon are pretty much sharp right across their range.
I do some equestrian photography and this tends to be outside from spring to late summer when hopefully the light is better. I am also looking at doing some family and portrait shots with a studio kit I have, the lights are 400w. I think with the equestrian theres the chance i'll miss the extra stop with the f4 if the light drops but also would like to hear if anyone has used the 70-200's for studio work and how well they do with studio lighting.

Thanks

Andy

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2 Mar 2012 6:22PM
if you can afford it go for the f2.8
gives you far more options..

Regards
dlp
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
2 Mar 2012 6:27PM
I would check out the size and weight of the f4.0 first though. That's what sold me on the f4.0L, I can manage to walk around with it without crippling myself.Smile
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2012 7:06PM
f2.8 is weighty, but worth it. I am a weak and feeble woman and manage it quite well Smile
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2012 8:45PM
Which f4 are you looking at?
If it is the f4L IS then consider the f2.8L non-IS. I am presuming that with equestrian the shutter speeds are in the region of /1200 which means you can get away with handheld (and use a monopod for even better stability).
2 Mar 2012 9:30PM
I would go for the 70-200 mm f2.8L non IS which is what i have and it is a great lens.

Dave.
2 Mar 2012 10:35PM
I have the 70-200 f2.8 L IS and it is a great lens. When it comes to challenging focussing like birds in flight the f2.8 really helps whether using manual or auto focusing. Also you can certainly use the 1.4x extender and still have auto-focussing. I also use this lens for some studio shots. I mainly use it for natural light shots where I may need the aperture but do use it with studio flash for some shots. I have probably missed the point because I am not sure what problem you might expect with studio lighting. I would have thought problems would be more likely with a wide lens where you can suffer from flare (low contrast) if you do not use a lens hood and leave filters on but this is much less likely with the long lens though I still always use a lens hood and no filters.

There is no denying that this 1.5 Kg lens is heavy but I still think it is worth it. I have had several owners of f4's offering me money and a lens swap but I would not consider it.

Dave
User_Removed 12 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2012 11:20PM

Quote:weak and feeble woman


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saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
3 Mar 2012 11:15AM
Go for the 2.8 if you can afford it. AF still works if you add a 2x converter.
As for the weight, use a Black Rapid strap (they even have one shaped for the female upper body) and you won't notice the weight.

Malc
ARI e2
12 504 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 12:34PM
I have got the ef70-200 2.8mk 11 alng with the ef x2mk111. I tried this combination a couple of mths ago and was impressed. I have ot yet used my new toys. HDEW Cameras were sellng the lens fr 1505 and the x2 fr 349 .
whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 3:11PM

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LOL Gerry Smile
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
3 Mar 2012 7:44PM
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whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2012 9:09PM

Quote:Go for the 2.8 if you can afford it. AF still works if you add a 2x converter.
As for the weight, use a Black Rapid strap (they even have one shaped for the female upper body) and you won't notice the weight.

Malc




I can certainly vouch for that, those straps are brilliant
5 Mar 2012 4:36PM
hi all,

sorry for the late reply, thanks for all the comments. think i'll be holding out for the 2.8 (is or non is still in debate) after having it on the sigma i'd probably miss it. anyone have any thoughts about the f2.8 is mark i version (dave- is that the one you have?) the mark ii is a dream at the prices i've seen. seen some mark i versions on ebay (would only consider if all my buying criteria boxes were ticked).

thanks again

andy
colin beeley e2
12 1.1k 10 England
5 Mar 2012 5:27PM
hi andy i just sold my 70/200 2.8 non IS & got the f/4 IS it so much more sharper & lighter , even very sharp with the 1.4 extender on , i used to have the 70/200 f2.8 mk I IS but got rid of it because it was to soft at the 200 end even more rubbish with the 1.4 extender on . see here here[/link] & here the f/4 IS is a cracker !!! i would say it is sharper than my 300 f2.8 it's that good Wink

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