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Canon 70-200 f2.8L is usm - feedback?

shalik 8 36 United States
9 Jan 2010 2:52PM
Am considering the Canon 70-200 f2.8L is usm, but worried about the weight. Any experience / advice?
Also, are there lighter alternatives, but at the same quality?

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arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 3:18PM
I use the 70-200F4L IS which is superb.
You do get the extra stop with the F2.8, which is handy for low light issues, but other than that, the F4 version is loads lighter, with equally sharp, high quality results...... and cheaper.
rhody 15 2.4k 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 3:41PM

Quote:Am considering the Canon 70-200 f2.8L is usm, but worried about the weight. Any experience / advice?

I use this lens with an Optech strap and don't find any problem with weight issues - until I change camera bodies to one without an Optech strap and then the difference is most noticeable.

Try the lens on your body with an Optech strap - see if you are happy with it.

I hired this lens for a weekend before buying it to try it in the field for 2 days to see how I got on with it. That was when I tried the Optech also and the combination works well for me.

Very pleased with the results.
ZenTog 16 7.9k 1 England
9 Jan 2010 3:54PM
I carry one with a eos1dmk2 fitted, all day in show rings, dont find the weight a problem, infact if anything the weight helps to stabalize
you could go for the F4 version a lot lighter and smaller , plus mega cheap
personally ,I wouldnt swop the 70-200 2.8 non is for any other lens its that good
User_Removed 12 398 6 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 3:56PM
I like the weight on mine feels solid and secure. Ive heard the F4 version sharper but love the 2.8 and with the IS can get down to 1/40's hand held.
LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 4:24PM
Likewise I find the weight of the f2.8 helps with the balance. The only time I ever really notice the weight is if I'm holding the camera just by the grip rather than slung from the strap for an period of time. But the results justify the weight. I believe the f4 IS version is as good optically and weights a lot less.

Why not try one in a shop, borrow one or hire one to try out.
49er 12 564
9 Jan 2010 5:02PM
Great lens. Had it for ages. I do not notice the weight and as said helps with balance. A wonderful lens and will not let you down...
GET IT Smile...
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
9 Jan 2010 5:14PM
what are you sticking it on ? its ok with a battery grip on your camera.
i sold my 70/200 2.8 L IS because i thought it soft at 200, & kept the non IS 70/200 2.8 L .
big fella 14 485 England
9 Jan 2010 5:45PM
I have both the 2.8 IS and f4 non IS versions of this lens, and would not part with either! The f4 was my first L lens (sentimental value) and is as sharp as you like. The 2.8 practically lives on my 1dMkIIn, best Zoom lens I have ever had performance/image wise....

colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
9 Jan 2010 6:36PM
looks like the 100/400 is not of your camera going buy you PF big fella !
shalik 8 36 United States
9 Jan 2010 7:13PM
Thank you all, this is very helpful. ZenTog, do you prefer the 70-200 2.8 non is over the is version? Could you please explain why, thanks.
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2010 7:22PM
I also have the 70-200 f2.8 non IS and don't find the weight a problem, even if out all day at a cycle event. I did have the f4 IS, but didn't use the IS as I found that it seemed to slow the focussing down and with sport, that was a bit of a problem for me.
ZenTog 16 7.9k 1 England
10 Jan 2010 7:13AM
I only have the non IS version , and even if it broke would replace it with the same lens, for sports photography which is 99% of my work, the IS slows things down till it locks, I like to be more pro active, hunting the shot. Even on my 600mm f4 the IS is normally switched off unless its very windy,ie windsurfing events with cross shore winds, where the wind is 90 degrees to the lens etc.
StuCollings 13 96
10 Jan 2010 2:59PM
Another vote here for the f/4 IS - stunning quality and a lot lighter than the f/2.8 IS. Of course, if you shoot a lot in low light, the decision has already been made for you - the f/2.8 is the only way to go!
10 Jan 2010 7:59PM
If you need zoom the the F4 version is rated the better than the f 2.8 version just at the moment, that may change in Feb

If you are going to shoot long with it most of the time then the 200L f2.8 is a cheaper, smaller, lighter, blacker and quicker autofocusing alternative, but no IS.

If you need faster that F4 at specific points in the focal range you could always spend the money saved buying the F4 version on one or more of the following :-

85 f1.8
100 f 2.0
135L f2
200L f2.8

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