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Have $2200 budget which lens(es) to get next?

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M.ST:
Buy the 135L a used at about $800 in craigslist + a 70-200mm f/4 IS $1099 new is the best option.

gmrza:

--- Quote from: cdang on November 22, 2012, 05:53:50 AM ---70-200 2.8 IS

I don't get why people are afraid of the weight. I carry the 200 F2 around all day and I'm not a big guy (65 kg, 140 pounds?). I own both and the versatility of the 70-200 is awesome for weddings. And if you have the 135 + 70-200 F4 in your bag, then it's the same weight as the 2.8 but you don't have to change lenses.

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+1 on that.

My wife recently shot a job which involved using the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II for a week, plus using a Speedlite all the time on a gripped 5DII.  (About 6000 frames over the week.)  While it was tiring, it was not a problem.  She uses the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II extensively for outdoor portraits.

If you are going to shoot outdoor portraits or weddings, I would not go for a 70-200mm without IS.  We also got the 70-200 f/4 IS, but it is mainly a backup lens now.  If you plan to go on to shoot weddings (engagement shoots are an obvious gateway drug to weddings) rather invest in the IS version.  Apart from giving you a stop more light, the f/2.8 also gives you more accurate AF - the dual-cross AF points are only active for lenses which are f/2.8 or faster.  That may be significant to you.

The 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II is very popular with wedding photographers for good reason.  Soon after buying that lens for my wife we realised the investment was a no-brainer.

sgshum:
+1 for 70-200 mk ii

Dylan777:
Another vote for 70-200 f2.8 IS II........why carry too many lenses, unless, you want to show off your camera gear to your clients.

willis:
70-200 F2.8L II, Must have lens. +1

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