70-200 f/4 IS or 70-200 f/2.8 IS mark I?

Started May 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
chironNYC Senior Member • Posts: 2,357
Re: 70-200 f/4 IS or 70-200 f/2.8 IS mark I?

jmswng wrote:

Hmm tough choice. f/4 looks to be a little sharper but that's not what's on my mind. I'm plan on travelling so weight is really important for me. Is the 2.8 worth the carry? What do you think?

Also I'm bringing the 24-70 mark I, and a 50 1.2. I don't even use telephoto that much, but I am sure I will regret not bringing one.

I have owned both the 2.8 IS version I and the f/4 IS. There is no comparison between the lenses optically in my experience. The 2.8 IS version I is low in contrast, flat in color, and not very sharp wide open. The f/4 IS is one of the best lenses optically that Canon makes. Excellent color, contrast, and sharpness. The f4 IS is as good as the 2.8 version II but lighter and a stop slower. I don't think you should hesitate over the choice between the f/4 IS and the version I 2.8 IS.

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