Which one of this lenses is the best option ? If they have almost the same price.

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Francisco Contreras
Francisco Contreras New Member • Posts: 1
Which one of this lenses is the best option ? If they have almost the same price.

Between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM which one its the best ?

I only have $1500US for buying this lens. I've already have wide and normal lenses so now i want to complete the family but my budget its only $1500US Because in terms of cost its almost the same it's just $100US of difference.

I now that a f2.8 its gorgeous but for me the weight its a very important deal. Do you guys thing that the IS of the f4 will be enough for replacing the 1 stop that increases in the f4 ?

Sorry for my english but this is to technical for me.

Thanks a lot !

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Chris R-UK Forum Pro • Posts: 15,441
Re: Which one of this lenses is the best option ? If they have almost the same price.
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Francisco Contreras wrote:

Between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM which one its the best ?

I only have $1500US for buying this lens. I've already have wide and normal lenses so now i want to complete the family but my budget its only $1500US Because in terms of cost its almost the same it's just $100US of difference.

I now that a f2.8 its gorgeous but for me the weight its a very important deal. Do you guys thing that the IS of the f4 will be enough for replacing the 1 stop that increases in the f4 ?

Sorry for my english but this is to technical for me.

Thanks a lot !

The f/2.8 is an old lens and, although its image quality is very good, the f/4 is better.

The IS on the f/4 is worth 2-3 stops so that lens will be better for hand held shots of stationary subjects in low light.  However, it won't help with motion blur if you are shooting fast moving targets in low light.

So, if you want to shoot something like sports in low light or if you need the very shortest depth of field, then get the f/2.8 .  For everything else the f/4 is better and lighter.

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Ido S Senior Member • Posts: 3,333
Neither, actually

The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC is a wonderful lens and is a much better choice than either one of these, unless you value the f/4's size and weight reduction over the extra stop in maximum aperture.

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photographyroundtable New Member • Posts: 6
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Go with the f/4. Half the price and the difference between a f/2.8 and f/4 is not a huge deal unless you are shooting for a magazine or in REALLY low light. You'll be very happy with the f/4

mgd43 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,294
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The Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS HSM is also worth considering.

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darklamp Senior Member • Posts: 3,567
For what purpose ?

You did not say what subjects or type of photography you expect to shoot with the lens, and it's hard to advise you without that ( although people seem happy to ).

I take the view that you either have a real need for f2.8 on a telephoto zoom or you don't.

As you're considering an f4 instead then in the absence of more information I'd have to presume there's no reason to get the f2.8.

But then the question arises do you even need f4 constant ?

Do you guys thing that the IS of the f4 will be enough for replacing the 1 stop that increases in the f4 ?

All IS lets you do is use a longer shutter speed that you would otherwise. So you don't get more light. If you need to freeze subject motion IS doesn't help at all and it can make things worse by giving the false impression you can shoot at slow shutter speeds and get away with it.

But again, what are you shooting that requires a large heavy zoom ?

And for that matter what camera are you using to shoot it ?

Jim Cassatt Veteran Member • Posts: 4,852
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I have the 70-200 f2.8L IS and the 70-200 f4 (old version).  They are both excellent lenses.  I seldom use the 2.8 because of the weight.  I am thinking of selling both lenses and buying the 70-200 f4 IS for that reason.  FWIW I do not shoot indoor action so that IS is more important for me than the extra stop.  Where the extra stop may be useful is in isolating the subject.  However, I have the 85 mm f1.8 for that.

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dougeryb Contributing Member • Posts: 650
Re: Neither, actually

The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC is a wonderful lens and is a much better choice than either one of these, unless you value the f/4's size and weight reduction over the extra stop in maximum aperture.

I own both canon (mkII) and Tamron (divc Nikon mount) 70-200 f/2.8. Given the choice of the two lenses the op listed and Tamron, I would go with Tamron. Fantastic lens at a great price.

Of the two lenses you listed (f/4is and 2.8 non is) it would depend on what you shoot. I shoot a lot of indoor action where I need the fastest shutter speed possible, so the 2.8 would be my choice. If you're looking for a jack of all trades for family photos and vacations, the f/4is would be a good choice. It's lighter, has is, and is incredibly sharp.
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Francisco Contreras wrote:

Between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM which one its the best ?

The IS of the f/4 gives you an extra 2 or 3 stops of hand held lower shutter speed vs the f/2.8. So if your consideration is hand holding in low light the f/4 wins. IS also tends to result in a sharper image at moderate shutter speeds and helps with framing at all shutter speeds.  The IS does not help when you need the extra stop of light the f/2.8 provides to keep shutter speed high enough to prevent a moving subject from blurring.  The f/4 also has clear advantages in size and weight and is a newer optical design.

Unless you need the extra stop of the f/2.8 to prevent going to a noisy ISO or you need f/2.8 to keep your shutter speed up to prevent motion blur the f/4 is the better choice.

Camley Senior Member • Posts: 1,421
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Francisco Contreras wrote:

Between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM which one its the best ?

I only have $1500US for buying this lens. I've already have wide and normal lenses so now i want to complete the family but my budget its only $1500US Because in terms of cost its almost the same it's just $100US of difference.

I now that a f2.8 its gorgeous but for me the weight its a very important deal. Do you guys thing that the IS of the f4 will be enough for replacing the 1 stop that increases in the f4 ?

Sorry for my english but this is to technical for me.

Thanks a lot !

I chose the 70-200 f/4 IS USM lens. It has excellent performance and is much lighter than the f/2.8 version.

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PalmettoFellow Senior Member • Posts: 1,171
Re: For what purpose ?

darklamp wrote:

All IS lets you do is use a longer shutter speed that you would otherwise. So you don't get more light.

Technically, you end up with more light by using the longer shutter speed, but I get what you're saying

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FF or APS-C?

f4 for FF. 2.8 for APS-C

Francisco Contreras wrote:

Between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM which one its the best ?

I only have $1500US for buying this lens. I've already have wide and normal lenses so now i want to complete the family but my budget its only $1500US Because in terms of cost its almost the same it's just $100US of difference.

I now that a f2.8 its gorgeous but for me the weight its a very important deal. Do you guys thing that the IS of the f4 will be enough for replacing the 1 stop that increases in the f4 ?

Sorry for my english but this is to technical for me.

Thanks a lot !

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