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The lens you cannot live without


ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
25 Jun 2009 10:21AM

Quote:Quote:Canon 70-200f2.8L ISNow that's one I would love to learn not to live without, however even the price of one second hand makes me feel a little faint lol


....you'd soon get sick of the weight of the darn thing though!

(I do love it though...)
whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 10:26AM
Mine would be my 70-200mm f2.8L non IS. I love it, it's just brilliant for cycling shots. It is a bit heavy, but who cares.
rowarrior 14 4.4k 9 Scotland
25 Jun 2009 11:01AM

Quote:Quote:Quote:Canon 70-200f2.8L ISNow that's one I would love to learn not to live without, however even the price of one second hand makes me feel a little faint lol....

you'd soon get sick of the weight of the darn thing though!



Oh I don't know, I'm sure I could sacrifice some time to find out Grin
Krakman 15 3.6k Scotland
25 Jun 2009 11:42AM
I rented out the Nikon equivalent 70 - 200 f2.8 and was not keen at all. I liked the idea of it in theory, but it is horribly heavy and unwieldy and impractical. No doubt great for sports if you're sitting in one place though, but very much a specialist lens.

I also just came across an entry on Jeff Ascough's blog (he's a well known wedding photographer), where he's also arguing against the Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens, so it's not just me. Scroll down to entry for 19th June.
Carabosse 18 42.0k 270 England
25 Jun 2009 11:44AM
In these days of cameras which can produce usable results at ISO 3200 or even 6400, perhaps the need for the fast, expensive and heavy tele lenses has somewhat reduced?
Krakman 15 3.6k Scotland
25 Jun 2009 11:54AM
I prefer an even faster prime. I have a 135mm f2 that weighs a fraction of the 70 - 200mm. If I need a longer lens, I can take the 185 f2.8 as well and the two together aren't that heavy (but although I have this lens, the last time I used it was about 6 years ago). Or an 80mm f1.4 is even nicer Smile

Of course, the advantage of the zoom is that you can, errr, zoom. Which to me isn't an advantage, but might be for a sports photographer.
samfurlong 15 2.5k United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 12:37PM
Another vote for the Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS

I probably shoot 70% of my work on it, a cracking lens.
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
25 Jun 2009 12:50PM
Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS is my fave long lens, but I usually just use it for the bling factor Wink
arhb 14 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 6:57PM
70-200F4 IS or the 400F5.6
I bought my 2nd camera body, so I could have both at the ready, whenever needed : )
f8 18 9.2k 22 England
25 Jun 2009 11:53PM

Quote:Quote:Canon 70-200f2.8L ISNow that's one I would love to learn not to live without, however even the price of one second hand makes me feel a little faint lol

Go on bite the bullet,you'll be glad you did.
rowarrior 14 4.4k 9 Scotland
26 Jun 2009 12:04AM

Quote:Quote:Quote:Canon 70-200f2.8L ISNow that's one I would love to learn not to live without, however even the price of one second hand makes me feel a little faint lol

Go on bite the bullet,you'll be glad you did.



Aye, you send the cash on up here and I'll go for it Grin
Warriorpoet 13 213 3 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 1:10AM
I can recommend the canon 80-200 F2.8L which crops up on Ebay now and again. I paid less than I would have a second hand 70-200 F4L for mine and it came with the tripod collar and it's black.

On the downside it's non IS, weighs more than a small car and Canon don't make the parts anymore but it is a cracking lens.
danbrann 17 640 17
26 Jun 2009 12:28PM

Quote:I can recommend the canon 80-200 F2.8L which crops up on Ebay now and again. I paid less than I would have a second hand 70-200 F4L for mine and it came with the tripod collar and it's black.

On the downside it's non IS, weighs more than a small car and Canon don't make the parts anymore but it is a cracking lens.


Yes Ihave one and it is one of the sharpest lens I have used.Hardly use it nowbecause of its weight.
Geraint 15 715 34 Wales
26 Jun 2009 2:44PM
Either the 85mm 1.8 or the 50mm 1.8. Great for portraits...
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
26 Jun 2009 3:19PM

Quote:Oh I don't know, I'm sure I could sacrifice some time to find out


....you're welcome to come and carry mine for me Wink

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