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Canon 70-200mm f2,8L USM Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 11:19PM
Canon 70-200mm f2,8L USM Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM anybody with the experience of using both these lenses, and what would be your choice of the two lenses and why.

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ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 12:31AM
I have experience in both but brought the 70-200mm f2.8 is usm ii and is the best lens i have in my arsenal, it is so sharp it cuts.
the speed of auto focus is extremely quick, i find it difficult to get bad images with this lens attached to my 7d, and when i use it for sport or wild life, when the shots are needed it is the tool to use.
Put the 1.4 or 2.0 extender on this lens and you still have a superb lens that auto focuses and the f stop is 5.6 through out the range which is very acceptable.

The 70-200 f4 i just would not go there, straight away your at f4 and if you wish to use an extender like a 1.4 or 2.0 then your f4 will end up f6.5 or higher and you will have no auto focus either.

Its like most things in life, pay your money and get the best.

Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 12:53AM
Thanks Ian though I wasn't asking about the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS note not the IS I am asking about the non IS version of the f/2.8
justin c 14 4.9k 36 England
25 Jun 2011 8:01AM
The advice above is incorrect, you will retain auto focus with a 1.4X extender on the 70-200mm f4 lens.
Regarding image quality and sharpness, I would be most surprised if you saw any difference worth mentioning between either lens.
My choice between the two lenses would be, and was, the f4 version for the following reason's. I don't need the wider aperture of the f2.8, I don't want the weight, bulk or price premium of the f2.8 version, I have no intention of using a 2X extender on it. Therefore, I chose the 70-200mm f4 over the f2.8 model and I would happily make the same choice again if needed.

One model isn't necessarily better than the other, it all depends on your requirements and whether you feel the faster lens will be beneficial for the type of photography you do.
cambirder 14 7.2k England
25 Jun 2011 9:32AM
I agree with Justin. The f4 is still a great lens and it works well with the 1.4 converter. If you don't need that extra stop then go for the cheaper and much lighter f4.

I started with the f4, and changed it out for the f2.8 (non-IS) and some days after carting the bigger lens around all day I wish I still had an f4 version.
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 9:58AM
I have used both and can recommend the f2.8 non IS as it's the lens I use 99% of the time for sports photography. I found the f4 was ok, but when used at the velodrome it didn't deliver the results & the IS slowed the focus down even more. I subsequently sold it and purchased the f2.8 non IS and haven't looked back, it produces pin sharp results outdoors and also at the veldrome.
Yes it's a heavier lens, but I don't find that a problem.

colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
25 Jun 2011 10:29AM
same here i had the non IS & still have but i did buy the IS version & sold it i thought it was rubbish to soft at the 200mm end even worse with the 1.4 extender on . read here but the new one is really good read here . i don't think it's heavy at all , i now use the canon 28/300 more often now that is a heavy lens to walk around with. the other lens you ask about is very good as well read here
Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 11:01AM
Thanks for all your feedback on this post, I have the f/2.8 non IS and it is sharp as a razor though I am disabled and find it to heavy to use, so I wanted your views before I try and exchange it for a f/4 version.
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
25 Jun 2011 12:06PM
I moved from the F4 to the 2.8 non IS, and can honestly say I have noticed no difference in image quality. I only upgraded because I wanted the extra stop for low light and action photography.
This was taken with the F4, and I was more than happy with the sharpness. Grin
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
25 Jun 2011 12:30PM
& what a great image that is phil Grin
Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2011 1:41PM
Great portrait image Phil,

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