A&P Canon 70-200 F2.8 L vs 70-200 F2.8 IS L

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  1. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Anyone purchase a non IS model and regret not spending the extra $500-600 on the IS version? 80% of the usage will be outdoors under natural lighting so I'm trying to justify spending the extra on the IS. I'm going to check with local vendors and see if they have the non IS version available for rent, though.
     
  2. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    probably get better responses from fred miranda forums. not too many people on here have experience with them maybe about 4 or 5 of us
     
  3. NauticaX

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    It would probably depend on what you mainly shoot. If you shoot a lot below 1/125th then it probably will be good idea to spend the extra. Also if you do a lot of panning it can help too.
     
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    If you're not going to use the IS, save yourself some cash and get the 70-200L non IS
     
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    I just bought the 70-200 f4 l

    I like it.
     
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    had the non IS for like 2 weeks, only got it because it was a great deal, but the lens was a lot older than was told to me. Its still a great lens, and 500+ can go towards a good tripod, plus the weight difference.

    But theres some times when you can't have a tripod or don't want one etc and the IS is worth its weight in gold. So it depends on where and what you shoot.
     
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    I've got the f/4 but i dont shoot in low light
     
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    I sold my F4 to get the 2.8 IS, the shutter speeds of the 2.8 are amazing compared to the F4. IS is the tool of the devil, and I love it. I can hand hold so many shots I would have previously needed the tripod for, and if you have use of the IS mode 2 (panning) you will regret not getting it.

    If you can justify the money, get it, its worth every cent if you dont like setting up a tripod or monopod every time. On that subject, ive just got myself a manfrotto 680, and IS + monopod is even better!
     
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    sure, i'll post some tonight when i get home from work if I remember (get me out of here *insert smiley of one blowing their head off* )
     
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  12. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    After reading the reviews on fm, I'll just fork over the extra money for the IS. The extra weight of the IS kinda sucks, but damn, being able to shoot at 200mm with shutter speeds in the range of 1/25 and 1/50 :bowdown:
     
  13. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    weight isnt all that big a deal. my battery grip and the external flash help pull some of the load to the back but i've gotten used to the lens and it doesnt feel all that heavy anymore. it helps that its on an XT since its so small and lite
     
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    You also loose some sharpness with the IS as it has extra lens elements. Its debatable whether you would ever notice this in real life as opposed to 'tests' shooting test patterns, also I dont think I would ever notice (350d(xt) is my limitation now:greddy: )
     
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    BlackWRX02 OTs Cingular Guru

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    I thought IS was bad for panning, but this has a panning mode for the IS? :eek5:
     
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    Yep, the 3rd generation IS lenses have a mode 1-2 switch. Hit mode 2 for panning which stabilises the vertical but not the horizontal. All you have to do is move your camera at the right speed horizontally and you get a beautifully sharp object with a nice motion blur in the background.

    its tops :)
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    A DSLR Choose Your Own Adventure Story !

    Here's the order of succession, you get your digital rebel or 20d you want a telephoto zoom. You're tired of the :greddy: 70-300 or you skipped it altogether.


    You're looking at the 70-200mm f/4 L or the 70-200mm f/2.8 Sigma EX lens.
    Sooner or later you want the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L and you get it.
    Eventually you decide you want the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and you get it.
     
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    You chose my adventure for me. :bowdown:
     
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    get the IS, you won't be upset
     
  20. Jonny Chimpo

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    I regret not getting IS for a completely different reason: The non IS is not weather sealed. That alone is worth the extra cash because I shoot almost exclusively outdoors.
     
  21. why you even bother asking... you know what OT IS going to say!! :big grin: :bigthumb:
     

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