View Poll Results: Which L series lens would you prefer?

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  • 70~200mm f/2.8 L IS USM

    37 68.52%
  • 70~200mm f/4 L IS USM

    17 31.48%
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Thread: Dilemma!

  1. #21

    Default Re: Dilemma!

    Depends on whether you need the extra one stop of light which doesnt come cheap.Unless you shoot low-light with your tele, the f4 version is fine.

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    It is like either buying a 2 liter BMW or a 3 liter inline 6. I will go for the 3 liter even if the speed limit is only 90. Why? The power is there if and when you need it. So f4 or f2.8, I go for the 2.8 and preferably the IS because you can cover a greater range and nicer bokeh. Yes, it is heavy but you will get used to it. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meDaniel View Post


    Thanks for the recommendation on renting both the lens to test it out first. Will do that but any idea where I can rent it?
    Hi meDaniel,

    You can try renting both lenses from this person on CS. Canon Rental Gear

    I have rented from him and him good to deal with.

    Cheers ....
    40D|BG-E2N|24-105L F4.0 IS USM |70-200L F2.8 IS USM

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    Hi, i don't know if this has been suggested yet - 135/2. i find the 2.8 too big to lug around the whole day, but the f4 doesn't cut it for me coz i do a lot of indoor ambient (no flash) stuff. The 135/2 is a perfect telephoto substitute for me and i've been using it for many years already. Always delivers.

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    Default Re: Dilemma! (I got my lens!)

    Quote Originally Posted by chris0804 View Post
    It is like either buying a 2 liter BMW or a 3 liter inline 6. I will go for the 3 liter even if the speed limit is only 90. Why? The power is there if and when you need it. So f4 or f2.8, I go for the 2.8 and preferably the IS because you can cover a greater range and nicer bokeh. Yes, it is heavy but you will get used to it. Cheers.
    I get what you mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deyeno View Post
    Hi meDaniel,

    You can try renting both lenses from this person on CS. Canon Rental Gear

    I have rented from him and him good to deal with.

    Cheers ....
    Thanks a lot! I will rent the next few lens i want to get in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100 View Post
    Hi, i don't know if this has been suggested yet - 135/2. i find the 2.8 too big to lug around the whole day, but the f4 doesn't cut it for me coz i do a lot of indoor ambient (no flash) stuff. The 135/2 is a perfect telephoto substitute for me and i've been using it for many years already. Always delivers.
    Nope, no one suggested that. But thanks.



    And a big thank you to everyone who have help me out here. I just got my 70~200mm f/4 L IS USM lens today at Cathay Photo.

    Decided that I will be taking lots of landscape and stuff outdoors. So I don't think I will need such a powerful lens. If I ever do need one, I will see how I can settle that. Once again, thanks.

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    Default Re: Dilemma! (I got my lens!)

    If you often shoot under low light, f2.8, if not f4.0.

    I dun bother abt weight because what matter is the output. I will go for f2.8 as I require to. Most important is your need.

  7. #27

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    Hello everyone. I'm new here and my opinion probably does not matter, but being a 2.8 owner i wanted to help the TS out.

    (1) The f2.8 USM L 70-200mm is an IS lens. For large lenses such as these, the IS is vital. It really can make the difference between getting a good,sharp image and a bad,blurry one.
    I highly recommend the f/2.8 IS as the focusing is super quick and the heavy lens makes the whole system sturdier.

    (2) If you are a full grown man, you should have no problem carrying this lens unless you're really weak. I walked 7 km today with the camera and lens both hanging from my neck , and i don't feel any pain whatsoever. But maybe i'm just big and strong for my age (17) , 6 foot 1 inch and better than average frame. However, this lens has great build quality and definitely worth the extra cash and load. This is the best lens i have used, and when i bought it i compared it with the f4 and the f4 did not stand a chance. I highly recommend you buy this lens. It is definitely worth the 2800 dollars or so.

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    Default Re: Dilemma! (I got my lens!)

    Quote Originally Posted by josho View Post
    If you often shoot under low light, f2.8, if not f4.0.

    I dun bother abt weight because what matter is the output. I will go for f2.8 as I require to. Most important is your need.
    That's right. The best advice is : Buy the best, and buy it if you feel the need.

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    ah nevermind, you got the f4.


    good luck and enjoy !!

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