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    Default help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    read some reviews on the interent but would appreciate if you guys could give some feedback on both lenses... and which of the 2 you would buy.

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    For a lady, the f/2.8 IS version will be too heavy to carry around all the time. It will end up in the dry cabinet and not get use. Go for the f/4 IS version is my suggestion.

    Actually, it is also too heavy for a guy to carry the f/2.8 IS lens around all the time.
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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    70-200mm f4 IS will be my own choice.

    fast, sharp, light.

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    I also had to make this choice some time back. In the end, chose the f4 because its lighter, and I'm using this lens in outdoors under daylight mostly.
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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    choosing either one based on what you usually shoot.. my point of view is that doing events in a hall or low light condition shoot f2.8 IS will be good so that you wont face any problem but requires better arm power to steady it over a prolong period of time.

    if you dont shoot event and mostly under the sun, outdoors etc f4 IS is good...

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    My personal equipment contains the 70-200mm F4L IS. Unless you take fast action consistently like a sports journalist, to lug around a huge tube of metal with heavy glass materials is not joke even for a man.....

    Give that with a 5D Mark 2, drip and extra batteries.....phew!

    Unless I am sitting still behind a goal post shooting for huge money......its something to think about. Depends on what you want to do with the lense.

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    if travelling/general photography... the f/4 variant.

    if specific event/portraiture photography... the f/2.8 variant.

    yes sure you can bring the f/2.8 on travelling/general/walkabout shoot. The lens can last years. But your arms can only last an hour or so of non-stop shooting
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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    consider a 135L but no zoom. light, sharp and wide open.

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants View Post
    consider a 135L but no zoom. light, sharp and wide open.
    how much would a 2nd hand 135L cost?

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    Bought F4LIS due to needing a good zoom to do landscapes. Most of the time this lens is supported by a tripod for me but I have since discovered it is an excellent portrait lens as well. Sharpness and bokeh are

    Recommend u rent both lenses and decide on which suits your style.
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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    Quote Originally Posted by eosandy View Post
    Bought F4LIS due to needing a good zoom to do landscapes. Most of the time this lens is supported by a tripod for me but I have since discovered it is an excellent portrait lens as well. Sharpness and bokeh are

    Recommend u rent both lenses and decide on which suits your style.
    i've never rented lens before, could you give some trustworthy shops ?

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whatcamerashouldibuy View Post
    i've never rented lens before, could you give some trustworthy shops ?
    Try...

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    Default Re: help! Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM or EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM ?

    I am using Nikon and have been wishing (for years) that they come up with the equivalent of the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS USM.

    From the reviews, this lens must be everything a prosumer hope for:

    equally good build
    constant "acceptably fast" and constant aperture
    light enough for travels

    But TS, you got to know what your main usage for telezoom

    e.g. an F4 at 200mm may not be fast enough for sports; e.g. for our yearly F1 night race, you may not be able to "shoot through" the fence at ease

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    ok.. thanks for the help you guys.

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