70-200 2.8L non-IS

Started May 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
mmullen Veteran Member • Posts: 4,285
Re: 70-200 2.8L non-IS

gdanmitchell wrote:

It can be difficult to track the sequence of posts in a thread like this one

That is certainly proving to be the case.

Another poster suggested that the f/4 lens has some significant image quality deficiencies in comparison to one of the f/2.8 options, and named several supposed deficiencies.

That poster is quoted in my reply, which I chose to make mostly in the form of photographs rather than words, and which demonstrates (to the extent possible with jogs - it is so hard to post prints!) my experience that, again, image quality from all of the 70-200mm lenses is outstanding.

Wait! The only person you quoted was mmullen (me) and I said I slightly prefer the 70-200 f/4 IS to the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II (I have both lenses). I did not convey that the f/4 lens was deficient in any way - it is my favorite lens. Looking at the EXIF of your samples I see none of them were taken with the 70-200 f/2.8 but with the f/4 versions.

I fail to see how your samples show all of the 70-200's are excellent when none of them were taken with the 70-200 f/2.8 or the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. Those are the only two lenses that I said I had found to be lacking in contrast, corner sharpness or AF speed. You are using a better lens (IMO) to try to say that the lenses with lower IQ are good enough.

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