Is IS that important?

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Is IS that important?
Mar 4, 2011

Hey guys, I have been thinking about getting a 70-200 for my 60D. Of course it would be great if i can get the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, but unfortunately i'm just a poor student, unless i rob someone i won't be able to afford it. Based on my budget, i have these options:

1) EF 70-200mm f/2.8L NON-IS
2) EF 70-200mm f/4L IS
3) Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
4) Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM

Personally, if the IS functionality is not that important, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L NON-IS is my first choice. But since i never used any of these before (and i don't use tripod a lot), i don't really know how much a difference between IS and non-IS. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM is pretty much the same price as EF 70-200mm f/2.8L NON-IS, but with a IS equivalent functionality in it. However, after hearing a lot of people here suggesting not to get a third-party lens unless absolutely necessary, i will put EF 70-200mm f/4L IS before both of the Sigma lens.

My primary purpose of getting this lens is for shooting portraits (mostly outdoor), and i'm not gonna bring my tripot with me all the time. A lot of thoughts are going on in my mind right now, could you please give me some suggestion to clean it up? Thanks a lot!

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