a Mint Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS for £875 - is that a good price?

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Re: a Mint Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS for £875 - is that a good price?
In reply to SohoAperture, Feb 14, 2013

SohoAperture wrote:

Hi,

The weight is not an issue for me and it will be used handheld 95% of the time. I mainly shoot street and wildlife.

Is it therefore worthwhile buying a used F2.8 rather than a new F4? If we compared the two using F4 apertures and smaller would there be much difference in sharpness?

The 70--200 is not a bad lens for street, I used it on a trip to Berlin recently, but if you're thinking about more than just people portraits on the street and details of buildings it's too long. But you're going for the kit with the 24-105, you've covered that anyway.

The price for a mint "Mk I" is good. They usually sell for 900-1000 on ebay, so it's a very reasonable offer.

For comparison with the new F4 IS, looking at the DXOmark database, they're about equally sharp at 5.6, with a slight advantage to the new F4. It's hard to tell, but I think at F4 it's about equal to the F2.8 at F5.6. DXOmark gives a slightly higher overall score to the F2.8 version, however their "perceived MP resolution" score for the F4 is higher.

I think you can't go wrong with the F2.8 IS, especially for the price. If weight and bulk is no objection, as you say. But be aware that it's considerable weight and bulk!

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