MONGORAT
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Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:40 am

Greetings to all...I'm in the market for some "L" glass and have narrowed the choice down to two lenses; the Canon 70-200MM 2.8L IS, and the NON IS version. The price difference is on average about $500-$600 between these two lenses. Having in mind that I will also use the lens with either the 1.4 or 2.0 converters, is the lens equipped with "IS" really necessary for aviation photography? I do most if not all of my shooting in "normal" lighting as opposed to "low light" situations where "IS" may really help. Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.
 
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:49 am

IS isn't only good for low light, it's also good for telephotos, especially above 200mm. The real question, is whether it is worth the $500-$600.

Harry
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Dehowie
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:15 pm

Well you really need to ask yourself exactly what do you want to use it for.
If you want to really push your photographythen i'd say spend the extra now to save later.
The non IS is from most reports at FM's a slightly sharper lens.However the IS on the 2.8 is worth a minimum of 3 stops and is a great piece of technology allowing shots like this.

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IS in itelf is handy for windy conditions to allow you to maintain a low ISO without blurr etc.
At the end of the day IS is a huge advantage which comes to the fore inpoor light but nevertheless is a handy aid even in reasnoble light.
Enjoy choosing
Darren
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:09 pm

I have the 70-200 L'IS and it's a cracker. I do love it but whan at Waddington the IS kept causing an Error 01 on the camera. I nearly threw the dam lens down one of the intakes of the jet fighters.
However since that day it hasn't given me any problems.
From my research I found that the IS can give problems on the 70-200, 300, and the 100-400.

Hope that helps

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viv
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:26 pm

I can't speak about Canon, but I have the Nikkor 80-400 with VR (Nikon's version of IS), and it really does work very well.

However, I have not tried to throw it into a jet engine.
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:55 pm

I have the 70-200 L IS USM and i have to say it's the GOD of all lenses !!!!! If you can afford it GET IT. It also works very well with the 1.4 extender.So with that combo you have superb coverage from 100 to 280 mm !!! !!!!!

Simon C
 

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Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
 
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:36 pm

Quoting LHRSIMON (Reply 5):
I have the 70-200 L IS USM and i have to say it's the GOD of all lenses !!!!! If you can afford it GET IT. It also works very well with the 1.4 extender.So with that combo you have superb coverage from 100 to 280 mm !!! !!!!!

I echo Simons comments on this lens, it really is a superb lens. I hope I didn't put you off about the problems with the IS but just to be aware of it that it can cause a problem. Would I buy this lens again, YES, without any hesitation. Like Simon said, it's still excellent with the 1.4 TC.

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MONGORAT
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:33 am

Thanks to everyone for your responses. Seems the consensus is clear and it has made the choice between the two lenses clear in my mind. Maybe I should have mentioned I don't have have the "worlds steadiest hands" either!! Looks like the "IS" is the no-brainer choice. Thanks again and cheers to all.
 
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:01 am

Quoting Mongorat (Reply 7):
Maybe I should have mentioned I don't have have the "worlds steadiest hands" either!!

Maybe I have to mention that mine looks like a person with the Parkinson´s disease. Thanks God I don´t have it.
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:31 am

It's the best zoom you can get !!
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JayDavis
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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Sat Jul 16, 2005 8:26 am

I don't have one yet, but I'll be getting one within the year.
I've seen it at camera shows and it rocks !!

I'm getting older........(45 !!) and my hands aren't as steady as they
used to be either.........


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RE: Canon 70-200 2.8L Is Versus NON Is

Sat Jul 16, 2005 8:44 am

If you have the extra cash, go for the IS version....pay it once and no regrets later.......

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