Canon 70-200mm F4 L USM :: Should I buy?

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  1. cbay

    cbay TPF Noob!

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    Hey All!

    Well I am planning on purchasing the Canon 70-200mm F4 L USM Lens tomorrow to add to me gear, I would love see example pics and opinions on this lens if possible. Does anyone use or own one of these lenses?
     
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    It will seem amazing when you first get it but later on down the line you will regret not getting the 2.8, not too put a downer on the lens or anything.
     
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    Well I wouldn't buy the 2.8 anyway, one cause of price and two it wudnt benefit me.
     
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    Have you considered the Sigma lens? I know that the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 is much cheaper than the Canon 70-200 F2.8. I don't know if it's cheaper than the F4 version though...probably not.

    I agree with Will, that 2.8 would come in very handy....epsecially for sports.
     
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    I hear its a great lens. Unfortunately, people can't help but compare it to its f2.8 siblings which are often touted as one of Canon's best zooms. As such, it often gets a bum rap. In my opinion, the 70-200mm f4 L lens serves a different purpose in the Canon line up. Its about 1/2 the weight of the f2.8, its shorter in length, thus a better walk around lens. Lets not forget it is significantly cheaper too. Short of its smaller max aperature, its Image quality is known to be excellent.

    Everyone always states that you ~need~ those extra stops the f2.8 gives yah... its really up to you to decide. If indoor or low light sports is what you need to shoot... then plan on spending the cash.. tough situation needs the proper equipment. Hell.. I'd rather go with a longer and faster prime for those times. Now I think about it, 200mm is really not enough for a lot of indoor sports anyways. If you need a general, all purpose, practical lens, don't see why you should not get the f4 lens. I have a 70-200 f2.8 USM IS lens... I absolutely love it.. There are times that I wish I had the f4 lens instead.. especially after walking all day lugging around a heavy bag.
     
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    i use the 70-200f4L and dont regret not having bought the 2.8.. love it!
    lots of advantages of the 4 over the 2.8 plus my pocket didnt allow it and i'd rather spend the extra cash towards a wide
    slightly late for class will post pics later on in the day (when im bored in class :lol:)
    cya and goodluck...
     
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    Consider this....
    The price difference puts you 1/3 to a 24-105 f4 USM IS L. Another great walk around lens that compliments the 70-200 f4 quite nicely and a step up from your 28-105mm. Its another lens that is often compared to its f2.8 cousin but it too has somewhat a different purpose.
     
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    ok here goes.. i am bored in class :mrgreen: ...
    posting a few pics you may have seen around here (from what i already have uploaded)... hope it helps

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    mansi
     
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    Nice Pics, What camera did you use to take these with using the F4 lens?
     
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    I use the f2.8 version and love it.
    Bear in mind that the UK is often overcast and the extra stop can and often does make a difference.
    My only regret is that i didn't get the lens with IS

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    Both these shots were taken with a Canon 20D and 20-200 f2.8 L USM lens at 200mm.
     
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    Im loving the pictures so far i think im just going to go ahead and order it :D
     
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    Look at any telephoto shot on my website, and it's taken with that lens. It is a great lens, despite any of the drawback's mentioned. It does serve it's own purpose, and if you can't afford a faster lens, then you buy this one.

    Losing a stop to it's cousin the 2.8 is not really a big deal. Not having IS is.
     

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