A&P IS or no IS

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  1. wizeguy4

    wizeguy4 New Member

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    I am looking at purchasing the 70-200f/2.8L. I have been debating in my mind about weather to get teh IS model or not. The IS is almost 50% higher in cost and I am not sure I would make use of it. This lens main purpose is going to be to take indoor shots of my daughter in her cheerleading comps this year. I personally do not like using a slower shutter to obtain motion blur for these events. It just, to me, does not look good. So it looks like there will a line between getting a fast enough shutter to avoid camera shake but to have a slow enough shutter to properly expose the image using ambient light of the gym.

    So is the IS of this lens going to be that big of a deal
     
  2. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    No. Go with the non IS and use a monopod. The IS is really designed for shooting in churches and other venues where you have to squeeze out all the light you can which means having to use a slower shutter speed.

    However, I have the IS version and I find that it's very helpful even outdoors to help me stabilize the lens for hand held shots so I don't have to use a tripod or monopod.
     
  3. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    if you dont mind using a monopod, go with the non IS. save yourself the 500 bucks. that being said, i bought the 70-200IS cause i almost never use a tripod/monopod

    however, on fredmiranda and POTN, there are always ppl selling their non-is to get an IS version. rarely do you see it the other way around.
     
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    tenxia OT Supporter

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    I'm guessing you all think the same way of VR
     
  5. wizeguy4

    wizeguy4 New Member

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    I am guessing the handheld esposure rule applies to DSLR the same way it applies to SLR?

    if so, if I go with the NON IS version of this lens and at max I am shooting at 320 mm (200 x 1.6 crop of my XTi) I would need to shoot at 1/320 and so I am not sure if 1/320 at 2.8 would give me good exposure. If I recall correctly, last year I was taking images at 1/160 but then again my AP was much smaller. cause 1/160 is like 2-3 stops under handheld rule. Then again - I am not always out to 200mm either.

    I think I am just confusing myself more than anything. I am finding it hard to part with the additional 500 bucks for the IS version of this.
     
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    projectalpha 二號 Stunna

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    I made this exact thread before I bought the 70-200 2.8L IS. The general consensus was that I should by the IS. :mamoru:
     
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    wizeguy4 New Member

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    I think everyone makes this thread before spending so much on a feature we all think we dont need.

    btw - has teh IS been a helpful feature for you? as in something you would not have otherwise captured as good of an image without
     
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    I've only owned my IS version for a month or two but already I think it's helped my images by allowing me to shoot without the constraint of a monopod or tripod for some shots.

    I think the bottom line comes down to this: You won't need IS for a lot of your shots but there will come a time when you wished you had it.
     
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    wizeguy4 New Member

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    It is times like that we all wish we had wives as understanding as jcolman's
     
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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    :bigthumb: She is a very understanding wife. She understands that I am responsible for paying back all the money I've spent.
     
  11. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    IS on that lens is FTW. You will use it, and you will love it.
     
  12. Jhegro

    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    its awesome for just regular hand holding. if you do any sort of panning shot, then IS is super helpful.

    i think the only reason to get the non-IS is that its a tiny bit sharper. the MTF's show that it is, but if i wanted super sharpness, i would just get a prime like the 135.

    that being said. i love my IS, and love the fact that i can hand hold that thing at 200mm at like 1/20th.
     
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    Guess who sold nikon the VR technology :wavey:
     
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    Are you saying Canon sold Nikon the IS technology? Source?
     
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    IS / VR doesn't stop motion. It won't be useful for action shots.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I've got the 70-200 2.8 IS and LOVE it. It's super fast and when shooting my panning shots in MotoX, it kicks ass. It's "weather" sealed too so I dont have to worry about all the dust and dirt on the track.
     
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    Convo with wife

    Me: I am thinking about getting a new lens
    Her: How Much
    Me: I aint talking about that - it is expensive
    Her: Is it going to take better shots at the cheerleading comps
    Me: I sure as shit would hope so.
    Her: so then wth havent you gotten it
    Me: Huh?
    Her: If it is going to do a better job than your current lens, then you might as well get it cause youre gonna get it anyway, so quit whining and just get it
    Me: buttsecks?

    so now I wait to see if the rumor that this is going to have an instant rebate on Monday begins.
     
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    Except anything you want to pan.

    Motorsports, Track, Swimming, Cycling, just about anything else you want to pan with.

    Ill agree that IS isnt needed for a lot of things, but it does have its place in action shots. I bought the IS version originally, thought Id want the non-IS version so I rented it to see, in the end I kept my IS. I love it.
     
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    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    how close can you get? the 135 f2 is a hell of a lens
     
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    no, it was mojito.
     
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    it is, but you need to be able to walk forwards and backwards. 70-200 is a lot more flexible if this is some kind of event.
     
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    pics of cheerleaders? :naughty:
     
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