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70-200: f/4 IS or 2.8?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by MrsKitty, May 30, 2008.


  1. MrsKitty

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    OK. I got a nice bonus from work so I am gonna get a 70-200. Question is do I want the f/4 IS or the 2.8? Part of me wants the 2.8 while the other wants the f/4 IS.

    JB, which do you have? Would you get it again? Complaints?

    I am leaning toward the f/4 IS because it is lighter. But I don't want to make a $1K mistake...
     

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    Disclaimer: I do NOT have either. However, the reviews, both "pro" and hearsay seem to agree that f/4 is brilliantly sharp (and cheaper, of course). f/2.8 is brighter though. ;)

    The Photozone review says in the summary:
     

  3. MrsKitty

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    I have never even seen either in a place where I could play around with them. There isn't a decent camera shop anywhere around me I can check them out. That is my only reason for being totally unsure.

    The reviews all put the f/4 and f/4 IS waaaaaaaaaay ahead it seems. I just want to make sure it's the one I want...
     
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    Yeah. The rebate puts it at about $15 cheaper than it was before B&H's last catalog was mailed.
     
  6. Hokie

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    The f4 is a good lens and either one would be good. Given the choice I would pick the 2.8 because it is faster. But I am not you.
     
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    If you plan on using it indoors, get the f/2.8(the IS Would be nice).
     
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    I went with the f/4 IS. With my bad shoulder, size and weight is a MAJOR consideration. The reviews on it seem to be better and I would rather have a slightly less lens that I can use than a faster one I couldn't physically use (I loathe using a tripod for anything other than IR.) the f/2.8 IS would have really been nice...maybe someday...

    Now....where the hell is UPS? :crying:

    I just cannot believe I ordered this thing yet... :faint:

    I keep telling myself it wasn't stupid since my camera skills landed me an awesome p/t job that lead to the bonus but yikes that is a crapload of money to spend on something...
     
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    I went with the 70-200 f/2.8L and love it so much that I'm looking to buy a 24-70 f/2.8L now. I hope you enjoy it.
     
  10. MrsKitty

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    It's shipped :banana:
     
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    I own the 2.8L, but recently borrowed the 4L IS and and I got to say it is an amazing piece of glass.(VERY LIGHT!!)

    You made the right choice.
     
  12. MrsKitty

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    Since you say that, I am questioning my choice a lot less. I have heard good things about all of them so I know the quality isn't really a consideration. Just deciding 2.8 vs weight vs IS... man, was it a hard decision to make!

    I fell like a little kid waiting for Santa! :embarassed:
     
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    I hardly ever carry my 70-200 2.8L because of weight.

    I should put it on EBay and use the money to cover part of the cost of a F4 IS.

    I might break even. (Or close)
     
  14. MrsKitty

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    Are you a member on POTN? Try selling it there, FM or some other photography board. It would be safer and you don't have to risk a low bid winning plus the chances of you getting burned would be less.

    That said...the last thing I eBayed was a $20 Yankee Candle that brought $70! :faint:
     
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    I am familiar with both places and still perfer EBay for high end stuff.

    I've quite abit of money off of EBay and I'm comfortable there.
     
  16. MrsKitty

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    I have bought a lot of stuff of there. I got all but one of my FD lenses there, my AE-1 and tons of other things. I haven't ever had a real problem but horror stories make me wary of both buying and selling high end stuff there. Then again, I am paranoid. :supergrin:
     
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    I have the 70-200 f/4 non-IS, and could not be happier.

    I have been using it this season for little league with a kenko pro 300 1.4x TC, and the result have been spectacular.

    (I picked up both the lens and the TC on the POTN forum.)
     
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    Offer an even-up trade @ POTN and I bet it doesn't last long.
     
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