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Old     (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       10-18-2008, 8:24 AM Reply   
I'm currently looking at a couple different lens options and right now I'm between a Canon 70-200L F4 IS USM and the Canon 100-400L F5.6 IS USM. I'm really not sure if I need it to reach out as far at the 400, but it would be nice at times. Anybody have any thoughts?
Old     (wakesurf12)      Join Date: Jun 2003       10-18-2008, 10:24 AM Reply   
70-200. Great focal lengths. Having that extra reach of a 400 would be nice but you might find yourself limited if it is your first long lens. Plus at 5.6 it is a really slow lens. Probably would find yourself in more situations where you needed that extra light.
Old     (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       10-18-2008, 12:49 PM Reply   
That's understandable. As for the 70-200, I know the 2.8 is insane, but the 4 is much more in my price range, in your opinion, which would be better for shooting mainly outdoors?

I figure with either of these, I could also add an extender to get that extra bit of range, but that really slows things down too, so many options....
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       10-18-2008, 6:08 PM Reply   
I have somewhat of the same delima, I have decided on the 70-200 F4 but can't decide on the IS for the extra $400. Pro's / Con's???
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       10-19-2008, 4:48 AM Reply   
Pro's of the f4 L IS:

IQ (especially at f4) - best of all the Canon 70-200 L's.

IS, which can really help get keepers in some situations and with teleconvertors onboard.

IQ with a 1.4X TC onboard is unbelievably good and doesn't slow the AF down at all.

I had a pretty good 100-400 but it didn't have that IQ "POP" that you'll get with the 70-200. The pump zoom is OK once you get used to it but will never be as fast as a twist zoom IMO. Since the 70-200 with a 1.4X on is still better IQ wise then a 100-400 and smaller, I'm pretty happy now just owning the 70-200 and my 400 primes to cover those ranges.

(Message edited by richd on October 19, 2008)
Old     (clubmyke)      Join Date: Aug 2004       10-22-2008, 1:17 AM Reply   
i have owned both the 70-200 f4 and the 70-200 f4 IS.

the IS version is worth the extra money in terms of image quality. it is also a very light weight lens.

if you dont shoot a lot with a big zoom then then the non IS version is still a awesome lens and a bargain at $600 new ( i shoot 80% of the time with my 24-70 f2.8 )


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