Canon 70-200 f/4 IS vs Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS

Started Oct 3, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Geotropvs New Member • Posts: 1
Canon 70-200 f/4 IS vs Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS

UP until now I've been an amateur who enjoys taking pictures as few things in life.

Nowaday I want to stop the hobby and start a being an event photographer so I can make a profit out of my hobby.

I'm wondering how the canon 70-200 f4 IS and canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS compare is real life for events.

I've read a lot about both of them. Here is what I know:

  • F4 is sharper due to being less complex (for its smaller aperture)

  • F4 IS can give 4 stops on non-action situations while F2.8 IS can give 3 stops (that makes them even on non-action situations)

  • F4 weights 1.5 lbs which is half the 3.2 lbs of the F2.8 and is smaller

  • F4 costs $500 less

I have no pro experience as an event photographer so I cannot tell if F4 IS would be good enogh. How fast is the action on the average wedding? Can f4 handle it based on IS? Or is it totally necesary to have F/2.8?

Any one with opinion based on real experience ??

Main question is, Can F/4 IS handle events on artificial light? or is f/2.8 really a must?

I'll be shooting with Canon 50D for a while. Sometime in the future I'll get a D5 MarkII.

I live in Nicaragua. I cannot have a look or try any of these two before I buy. Sad but truth, so any help would be really welcome.

tnx in advance
Best wishes and regards

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