70-200 f/4 non IS... do you need to shoot on tripod?

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  1. thetathink

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    I'm looking at getting the Canon 70-200 f/4L. I was wondering if people who shoot with this lens typically use a tripod with it, or are you able to get sharp images handheld?
     
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    Never used a tripod, are these shots sharp enough ?

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    Look sharp to me. But I guess I'm just wondering how the IS version compares, I've never had an IS lens, and am wondering what kind of improvement you will notice.
     
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    Keep in mind IS keeps the lens steady, but if you are shooting something that is moving it doesn't benefit from IS.
     
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    Is it also true that on a tripod you need to turn the IS off because it will adversely effect the photo if not compensating for hand shake?
     
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    if you use an IS lens on a tripod you have to turn it off.
     
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    Not true, actually. Older IS models, yes, but most up-to-date IS models are tripod-aware and effectively turn the IS off (ex: the 70-200 f2.8 II is sensitive to tripod stabilization, whereas the 100-400mm L IS is not, and lenses such as the 300mm f2.8 will actually compensate for mirror slap while disabling the IS which can cause bad mojo when used in junction with a tripod). The manual still recommends turn it off to save battery life.
     
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    Outside, I don't think I've ever needed a tripod with this lens. Inside, in low light - yes, you do need one sometimes.
     
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    I use 70-200 f/2.8 non IS without tripod even in low light. It's really fast.
     
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    Short answer... yes. Use the tripod if its non I.S.

    I have a boom with mine, and mount the boom to the tripod and loosen up the head on the tripod and boom. Then it becomes a stableizing rig. This if your going to stay stationary. Otherwise, even a monopod will work.
     
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    I guess it also depends on what subject your shooting and also what camera body you use. If you can push the ISO up nice and high then theres no worries! Go for it and you'll save your self a fortune!
     
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    What's your guys' thoughts on the 70-200 for portrait work then? 2.8 IS or 2.8 non IS?
     

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