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Which lens shall I go for?


kelvin7 Avatar
kelvin7 15 34 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2019 12:31PM
HI all I was hopeing someone could advise me . I have a choice of 2 lenses I have the opportunity to own a brand new canon 70 200 f 2.8 non is, or a 11 year old canon 70 200 f 2.8 I is lens in as new condition. Which would you advise me to have I mainly be shooting equestrian . Many thanks. Kelvin.
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Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2019 3:33PM
The non IS is an old design (dates back to 1995) but is still considered to be an excellent performer and for your purposes I personally would go for that one, shooting equestrian you will probably want a higher shutter speed so IS wouldn't be needed, add a monopod for the occasions that you will be shooting a lower shutter speed.

Of course should you be shooting at slower shutter speeds most of the time then the IS version would be useful....

Also it depends on the price of each, they will both perform well.
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sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2019 3:33PM
More info needed. What body will you be using and might you upgrade in the near future?

The IS is undoubtedly useful, but it’s likely to be of great benefit when taking shots of moving subjects such as horses. That said, the L series lenses are of usually excellent build quality and an older version would trouble me greatly. The one caveat is the spec of the body used with it. It’s possible that the newer high resolution bodies may out resolute the older lens (this could be an issue with the non IS model too so it’s worth checking).

Edit: one additional thought - the new lens will likely have a warranty.

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kelvin7 15 34 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2019 4:03PM
Thankyou very much for the information. I would be using canon 7 d mk ii. The older is lens is offers around 600 and the new non is I have seen on e infinity camera store price around 769.
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NeilSchofield Plus
16 1.8k 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2019 4:18PM
The Mark 2 IS version was a significant improvement on both the mark 1 and non IS, additionally, I am not too sure how long Canon will support those older versions, support is normally withdrawn 10 years after production ceases

Donít know how much mark 2 versions are now, but the mark 3 was introduced a while back and although it only had cosmetic improvements, it may mean that the mark 2 versions are now slightly cheaper

I believe both sigma and Tamron have offerings at f 2.8 as well and that they surpass the older Canon versions, but not the mark 2 or 3, so they may be worth checking out also
natrpixvet Avatar
31 Jan 2020 9:03PM
I recommend you check out Tamron's G2 70-200 2.8 VC lens. It was equal to the Canon in center sharpness and better on the edges
in a detailed review by Lens Rental. I own this lens and love it. It is also excellent with Tamron matched 1.4x converter (see my just posted image of barn swallows). Also about $600 less than Canon.
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LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
1 Feb 2020 8:30AM

Quote:The older is lens is offers around 600 and the new non is I have seen on e infinity camera store price around 769.

Parts may be difficult to source if an 11 year old lens needs a repair.

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