Everything is good, just make it 1599$.
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I shot all my primes wide open and got tack sharp images in many situations with my 7D. I can't complain at all, it's AF system fulfilled all my needs and did so elegantly. It's not as good as the mk3 but the 7D AF was plenty for my needs. I think the center point on the 7D is a double cross type just like the MK3. Not sure but I think I read it somewhere.
It is double cross too but there is a lot more to a point than whether it is single, double or double cross. 5D3 non-cross points sure lock a lot better and faster than the non-cross in the 5D2 and the center double on the 5D3 has ultra-precision mode when used with some lenses and that really makes a difference.
These specs are good. The 19 point AF in the 7D had no complaints from me, Infact that's still more cross type points than a d4! Everything is good here now just has to be around 1599$.
Yeah but compare the precision of 7D center point to that in the 5D3, it's a totally different ball game. Have you ever shot at f/2.8 and gotten literally 100 shots in a row, under indoor lighting, in focus with a 7D?? And compare them for soccer. The 7D is barely better than a 50D for soccer. The single points are too small and the assists on it are too large. It does AF super well for surfing though, every last bit as good as the 5D3 for that.
Personally, if I had to do it all over again, I'd buy a 430II straight off and put most of my money in alienbees.
Could you elaborate on that?
And the 135mm f/2L is still going strong at 17 years.
That beautiful thing is 17 years old?
P.S. To be sure, my reason for posting was not to dampen the spirits of any 200 f2 owners, I doubt I could and wouldn't want to .
It is an awesome lens and a real blast to use. My concern, especially when a particular lens is held up as having a "unique look" is that somebody fixates on it and believes it will be a magic bullet to improve their photography, when, in truth, it rarely is.
QuoteA stop can be a lot, however most of the time it is nothing, iso 100-200 is the same as 1/250-1/500 for instance, and few people are shooting portraits with the 200 f2 at 1600 iso and higher out of necessity. In situations where you really are pushing your equipments limits then obviously one stop can be the make or break point.
We are in complete agreement.QuoteThe main use case for this lens is indoor sports though, and and you're kinda out of luck there.
Again, we are in complete agreement, the lens, as a stand alone portrait lens is not, particularly, special or unique. In it's primary design roll it can be the difference between a usable, I'm getting paid image, and another night of Ramen Noodles.
If anybody was to ask my advise on buying one, I'd say do you shoot a decent amount of low light stuff where one stop is going to make it for you, and, do you get paid a reasonable living wage to do it? If the answer is yes to all that then I'd say get one, and by the way it is an awesome portrait lens. If they said no I want it primarily to take portraits with a unique look I'd say don't bother.