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

Started May 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Phil Geusebroek Contributing Member • Posts: 582
Re: Do I need a 70-200mm f2.8L IS II?

Thanks to everyone who posted:

- I don't think I strictly need it for the landscapes and travel stuff I mostly shoot, but do shoot the odd bit of wildlife that wanders in. Maybe the lens would have application for zooming composition with a 1.4x or 2x extender, but wonder about the image quality with the latter and it wouldn't outreach my 300mm f4 IS.

- I don't shoot weddings, sports or events on a regular basis. Once in awhile I'll bring the 135L or 200 f2.8L for informal stuff.

- I can afford it.

- the 2x extender thing might be useful for composition, but if it's an emergency-use-only kind of thing I'd be better off starting with a longer focal length.  The 200-400mm is $12K, so there must be a reason they can sell that.

- I do mind the weight and the colour, but will try it if I'm missing out on something very useful. I've bought lenses not knowing their utility before and discovered things about them I really liked, and they became mainstays. This is why I'm asking what I might be overlooking in this lens.

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