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

Started May 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Jorrit Regular Member • Posts: 148
Re: Do I need a 70-200mm f2.8L IS II?

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?

You're not giving us a lot of info. Why do you think you might need one?

The IQ is said to be nigh identical at the same apertures. You get an extra stop in trade for pretty much twice the weight and twice the volume.

Do you feel you need the extra stop for some reason? Do you photograph inside a lot? Or outside in darker conditions without flash? Do you need the extra subject isolation? Do you suffer from G.A.S.? Then this lens may be for you. If not, then maybe not.

I've always found the 2.8 rather heavy and bulky. It has its uses - and of course the IQ is terrific - but in most situations you'll see me grabbing the 70-300L or 100-400L instead of the 70-200L 2.8 IS II (with or without 1.4x) if I need reach, and a 50 1.4 or 100L 2.8 if I need speed. Only if IQ is of the utmost importance and/or I need the long end *and* fast speed will I suffer dragging it along. Consider me a weakling, but the weight/bulk for me is often a deciding factor if I go out for fun (most of my shooting) and need/want to be mobile - no, I don't handhold the 600mm!

Then again, if I were doing paid portrait work with it rather than frolicking around, I would definitely prefer it over the 4 IS because you can do 2.8 stuff, which will probably help pay the bills. I'd probably still be using the 135L instead whenever I could, though.

In the end, it's just 2.8 instead of your current 4 and significantly more to lug around. I've never been blown away by this lens and it certainly doesn't provide the same level of entertainment value as say the 100L 2.8 Macro or the 100-400L do. So figure out why you might need it, if at all, then decide. If the feeling of missing out is all there is - then just move on, there is nothing to see here.

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