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Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 or 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"Is the couple hundred dollar jump used worth it from the f/4 to f/2.8 L IS?"

 

To answer that question, IMHO, it is.  I have owned the f4 version and the f2.8 both IS models. The f2.8 is in every way the better lens choice. I sold my 70-200mm f4L with one of the 7D's I owned.  That person is happy with the combo, so there you are.


I can't disagree. I have no experience with the f/4 models; but I've used two copies of the f/2.8L IS II: one at work and the other I bought for myself when I retired. And I know of no lens that does a better job for its intended purpose. It even handles a 1.4x III teleconverter remarkably well (which probably can't be said for the f/4 versions).

 

I understand that there is an even better (smaller and lighter) version of the f/2.8 on the horizon, but you have to buy an R5 to use it effectively. Which is a subject for another thread.  Smiley Wink

Bob
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Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 or 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

" It even handles a 1.4x III teleconverter remarkably well ..."

 

One of the very few lenses I agree handles a tel-con nicely. 

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Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 or 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

I would go with the f/2.8 mark ii as it is extremely sharp and built like a tank. I used it as a dumbbell LOL. The combined weight of the lens and camera body 5Ds provides sufficient weight for poor man gym equipment.

 

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