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who shoots with a Canon 70-200 non IS lens ?

MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 12:05PM
Hi...I'm still looking for a more ideal lens for shooting birds/wildlife/zoo animals and the like.
I presently have a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 28-300 VR lens.
I've found that the Nikon 70-200 2.8 lens is much too heavy for me.

I'm not against changing to a Canon and wondered if anyone uses a Canon 70-200 non IS lens ? possibly with a 1.4 converter, which would give me a similar reach as my 28-300 lens but without the IS.

I ride a bike so it's not feasible for me to carry a tripod, I'm not looking for miracles just a reasonable chance of getting a decent shot at a reasonable distance.

...any advice appreciated....thanks....Mike

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mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 12:26PM
not feasable to VELCRO a tripod to ya bike.. I do. Pushbike that is. you can buy velcro ties (like zip ties)
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
17 Sep 2012 12:33PM
I have used 70-200 F4 non IS with 1.4x before, works well, and very light.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 12:49PM
I would have thought it was the 2.8 glass on either Canon or Nikon that is the cause of the weight.
The Canon 70-200mm F2.8L = 1310g
The Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS mk2 = 1490g

The Canon 70-200mm F4L = 705g
The Canon 70-200mm F4L IS = 760g

I use the 70-200mm F4L IS - and it's no problem weight-wise.
Also works well with a 1.4tc.
rossd 15 1.1k England
17 Sep 2012 1:21PM
I used to have a canon 70-200 f4 Non IS and it was a cracking lens. I sold it and bought the 2.8IS and now wish I had kept the f4 version because it was very light and produced very sharp images using shutter speeds of around 1/500. I think the f4 version is retailing for around 495 and at that price it's a real bargain (IMO).

I also ride a bike and have a carry pouch for the tripod and sling it across my shoulders.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 2:08PM
...thanks guys...I'll have to keep thinking...not having a camera shop in Wakefield is a problem and makes buying a real difficulty.

Quote:I think the f4 version is retailing for around 495 and at that price it's a real bargain (IMO).

...could I expect better results with the f4 + 1.4 TC than with my present 28-300 VR Nikon.?

I have carried the tripod on my bike but not easy Smile

...many thanks....Mike
User_Removed 12 398 6 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 5:32PM
I use the Mk1 70 -200 2.8 is version - I know when I purchased it I considered the non is but thought hell if I buy it I will always have wished I had gone with the IS version.

Moral I guess is buy the best and you'll have no regrets Wink
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
17 Sep 2012 8:54PM
here you are i used to have that combo & it was much sharper than the IS version that's why i sold the IS one & kept the non . i have sold both now & have the f/4 L IS very sharp combo indeed Wink
justin c 14 5.0k 36 England
17 Sep 2012 9:30PM

Quote:I ride a bike so it's not feasible for me to carry a tripod

Carrying a tripod on a bike shouldn't pose a problem, in fact it's a lot easier than carrying it yourself, let the bike take the weight. I carry a big, hefty 5 series Gitzo on a bike all the time, no problem at all. Just use two or three elasticated bungees to secure it to a rear pannier rack.
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:15PM

Quote:Carrying a tripod on a bike shouldn't pose a problem,

...well it does for me justin....even useing a tripod presents a problem...you may well be a lot fitter/stronger/younger than I..you are without doubt a more capable cyclist/photographer...but for me it's a problem Smile

I cannot handle the weight of the heavier 2.8 lenses...why I considered a non IS f4 but I doubt It'll be more beneficial than my 28-300 f3.5-5.6 Nikon so sadly I think I'll have to stick.

thanks again all.....Mike
knownowt 7 24 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 7:32PM
Try a monopod

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