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Canon 70-200 L USM (non IS)


GazzaG2003 14 344 England
9 May 2013 10:20AM
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 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 10:23AM
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.
GazzaG2003 14 344 England
9 May 2013 10:32AM

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 Plus
10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 10:35AM
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.
GazzaG2003 14 344 England
9 May 2013 11:00AM

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 Plus
10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 12:43PM

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 14 344 England
9 May 2013 1:35PM

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!
arhb Plus
10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
9 May 2013 2:31PM
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 14 344 England
9 May 2013 7:31PM

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


yup true, thanks Andrew Smile

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