Do I need a 70-200mm f2.8L IS II?

Started May 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
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"Need" is a strong word.

Phil Geusebroek wrote:

Thinking a long time on this but keep backing off. I have the F4 IS and it's wonderful. Am I missing something really special in not trying a lens most working pros consider a given?

Do you "need" the more shallow DOF of f/2.8 over f/4?  Do you "need" the lower noise of, say, ISO 1600 over ISO 3200?  Do you "need" whatever resolution increase the f/2.8L II IS offers over the f/4L IS?  Do you "need" AF with a 2x TC (unless you have a camera that will AF at f/8, where the f/4L IS will also AF with a 2x TC)?

Or do you just want it, and it's worth the size, weight, and price?

No one can answer those questions but you.

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