A&P Looking at the 70-200mm F/2.8L

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  1. Decent price of $1,140.00

    But a few questions;

    1. If it's 'L' glass, is it compatible with my Rebel XT? I was wondering if 70-200mm is 70-200mm on a 1.6x crop body.

    2. Is it worth the extra $400 for the Image Stabilizer?

    3. Anything else I should know?
     
  2. Jhegro

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    1. yes. technically just multiply the mm's by 1.6 and u'll get the 'real' view of the lens.

    2. yes

    3. save up for the IS.
     
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    Yes it will work on any Canon EOS camera.

    IS being worth it? ... I dont know really. I bought the IS version but I never use it ("it" being the IS feature) anymore. Shooting mostly sports, if I had a Tv low enough to worry about lens shake, the action is going to be blurry anyways. I hear the panning mode is pretty good but thats something Ive never tried. I do know that the IS version is heavier and softer than its non-IS brother.
     
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    what do you want to shoot? it won't help with the interiors.
     
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    If IS is as good as VR it's totally worth it.
     
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    I use it all the time indoors, which would not be possible without IS when the shutter speeds are ~ 1/50 @ 200mm.
     
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  9. Basketball, autocross, drag racing, portraits
     
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    Dont use IS for basketball
    May use it for panning with Autocross but Ive never tried
    Again you may with Drag racing and panning but thats it
    Portraits depends on if youre using a tripod.


    So thats 1 no and 3 maybes...

    For the extra $400, Id just teach myself how to pan properly and buy a tripod for portrait work if the light is going to be that bad.
    Thats just me. I really wish I could get the non IS version now that I have the IS version.

    Lighter, sharper, and I never use IS anyways :hs:

    Now if its a 300 or higher, you better bet Im getting IS

    Just my two cents though and lot of people will probably disagree
     
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    dont use IS for basketball? why? granted you should be shooting at a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the motion, but the IS isnt gonna hurt it one bit. i've never had a problem with it, on or off.

    and yes, IS for any type of automotive racing is good. set it on mode 2 and it works great. i shoot drifting, so it helps.

    IS is great for when you have to shoot something handheld at f/2.8 1/50th or slower. such as weddings with shitty light.
     
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    It will wear out eventually. I dont use it when Im shooting basketball because I dont need it. Less spinning up of the gyros = more time for when I actually may needs the IS and more battery life. And yeah...I hear a lot of good things about mode2 but Ive just never had a chance to use it.
     
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    theres a saying that if you can afford the product, you can afford to get it repaired. from what ive seen on forums, seems most ppls gyros crap out after 6 years of alot of use (birders, sportsshooter). if you can plunk down the 1700 for the 70-200, you should have the income to get it fixed.

    mode 2 rocks for panning.
     
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    Theres a saying that its pretty stupid to throw money away even if you do have it.

    Just because I can afford it, doesnt mean I want to pay to have it repaired when it wasnt really being used. Letting it whir away while Im shooting at 1/640+ is just making it break earlier which means I have to pay earlier.
     
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    135 2.0L or 85 1.2L > 70-200 2.8L IS

    though the 70 200 makes a good all-around lens if you can't afford multiple lenses but it's not as good as a prime for indoor sports.
     
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    im not so sure about the 85 1.2L cause the focus seems a bit slow to keep up with some sports. but the 135 2.0 is heaven for basketball.
     
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    agree. Although I havent used it for sports, I tried the 85 1.2 on my camera just to see what its like and the focusing is very very slow compared to other lenses. Id go with the 85 1.8 if you want the focal length for sports.
     
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    it's ridiculously sharp!
     
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    you would be hard pressed to see the difference between the non-is vs the is version.
     
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    except when you're hand holding 200mm and shooting at say 1/20th of a second
     
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