I bit the bullet and ordered the new Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS

Discussion in 'Canon' started by googlegroups, Nov 13, 2006.

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    googlegroups Guest

    I was going to get the non-IS version but after seeing several sample
    shots I couldn't resist the temptation of the extra 3-4 stops that IS
    offers. Sure, a tripod is always best, but I don't have it permanently
    attached to myself... the only downside is the hefty premium, it's
    nearly twice the price of the non-IS version. I managed to get it for
    $1755 (including delivery) which seems to be a fairly decent early
    adopter price.

    Does anyone else have this lens? I'm looking forward to testing out IS,
    particularly as the longest lens I've used up to this point is a
    whopping 85mm. ;)
     
    googlegroups, Nov 13, 2006
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    rmd Guest

    Try here

    "http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=304&sort=7&cat=27&page=3"


    Did you try out the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM too ?

    Regards
     
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    Mr.T Guest

    Of course he didn't or he wouldn't have chosen the f4 IS :)

    And Canon will eventually be forced to release an image stabilised body, at
    which time the f2.8 becomes an even better choice.

    MrT.
     
    Mr.T, Nov 14, 2006
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    Alan K. Guest

    For those whose pockets are at least as deep as the Jenolan Caves,
    anyway... 8^>
     
    Alan K., Nov 14, 2006
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    googlegroups Guest

    The reason I don't carry a tripod all the time is that it's a little
    heavy. There's a similar problem with the f2.8, when compared with the
    f4 :)

    70-200mm f4 IS : 760g
    70-200mm f2.8 : 1310g

    For the style of shots I take it's better to retain DOF and ISO with a
    couple of stops worth of IS, rather than just opening up to the max.
     
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    googlegroups Guest

    centre.net.au only shows a $60 difference between the f2.8L non-IS and
    the f4 IS...

    Having said that, please don't tell my wife how much I spent on this
    lens! ;)
     
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    cmyk Guest

    Of course one could attach the camera to a shoulder stock (eg BushHawk) for
    a marked improvement in stability with any lens...

    Cheers

    --
     
    cmyk, Nov 15, 2006
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    Mr.T Guest

    Since both lenses are a similar price, why would you say that? You don't
    plan on ever being able to afford another body maybe?
    I would suggest a non-IS f4 in that case, it will leave you some money for
    food :)

    MrT.
     
    Mr.T, Nov 15, 2006
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    Mr.T Guest

    Valid reasons, if the cost of IS is worth it to you for not using a tripod I
    guess. Wouldn't help with my mostly action shots though.

    MrT.
     
    Mr.T, Nov 15, 2006
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    Hank S. Guest

    Sorry, a mis-read on my part. For some reason I thought you were
    talking about them needing to release an image stabilised f2.8 lens,
    which I note that they have... albeit at an RRP of $A3,589.

    In which case the bread-and-water option is certainly something to
    consider. 8^>

    Still, the prices on the IS f4 and the non-IS f2.8 aren't THAT
    similar; the latter's RRP ($2,409) is over $400 more than the former's
    ($1,999). That's a fair amount of gruel... 8^> Though averaged out
    over the life of the lens, it's probably less important.
     
    Hank S., Nov 19, 2006
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    Alan K. Guest

    That was of course posted by me, not my off-sider who sometmes uses my
    Agent and sometimes forgets to reset the user information to my own,
    GRRR!!!
     
    Alan K., Nov 19, 2006
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