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70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:33:28 AM »
Hi guys,

I know this topic probably came up a bunch of times...I'm looking for a 70-200 F2.8 lens.
I've looked at the tamron, sigma and the canon mark i and mark ii...but I cant decide which one!
Anyone have experience with the Sigma and the Canon 70-200 mark i and mark ii that can compare the quality and image quality?!?

Thanks!

BTW I'm shooting with the 5D mark III
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70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:33:28 AM »

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012, 12:36:01 PM »

To save yourself from return and exchange - get the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II while Canon Rebates still last.
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2012, 01:07:48 PM »
I agree get the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II. If in doubt check the lenses you mentioned in photozone.de.

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2012, 01:10:50 PM »
5DMKiii and 70-200mm MKii are the same generation; 70-200mm MKi is 1 generation older.
I have 5Diii and MKi. Just bought MKii with Canon's rebate: it's different.

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 01:55:58 PM »
I have Canon EF 70-200 mm 2.8L IS II USM and really like results which can be achieved by using this lens. Before bying it i read a lot of info about I generation lens as well as third party providers. I am not professional photographer, however, based on all info that I read it seems that my current lens is the best that could be bought fot money at the moment :)
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013, 02:12:05 PM »
I had two 70-200 MK1 lenses and have the 70-200 MK2.  I can tell you MK2 is MUCH better than MK1.
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013, 03:05:30 AM »
+1 more vote for the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2013, 03:05:30 AM »

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2013, 03:36:18 AM »
the new tamron 70-200 with VC (IS) should be a great lens too. but the canon 70-200 mkII is the unquestionable king of them all ;) .
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2013, 03:38:00 AM »
the new tamron 70-200 with VC (IS) should be a great lens too. but the canon 70-200 mkII is the unquestionable king of them all ;) .
Yes, worth looking into the Tamron version if you want to save money on the mark ii but still get almost as good quality.

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2013, 03:38:12 AM »
Well of course the mk2 is wayway better in every aspect and not just a tad. But if you're like me it's a lens I hardly ever used and therefor completely stupid to pay that price for.. However I just the other day picked up a 70-200 2.8 non-is for $350 and then it suddenly is a super bargain an totally worth to own, even if I use it no more than twice a year..

Never missed the mk1 or the mk2 when I sold them..
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2013, 04:34:50 AM »
The 2.8-IS mark1 is the worst 70-200 lens Canon has ever made, it is not sharp, and I tried over 20 copies.
So I have been using my non-IS version, witch is much better.
Only recently I bought a mark2 version, and that is an excelent lens, but that comes at a price.
The Tamron seems to be a very good lens too, not as good as the mark2, but better than the other two.
I can not say for myself, because I never worked with the Tamron.

So, if money is an issue, buy the non IS, great money for value.
If you want IS, buy the Tamron.
If you want the best, buy the mark2.

And you also can consider the F4 versions....
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2013, 06:15:48 AM »
As indicated above, the 70-200 f/2.8 II is far superior, as virtually every review out there will indicate. Significant difference in resolution quality, amongst other things (e.g. bokeh quality). Regarded as one of Canon's greatest lenses.

Yes, pricing is quite steep, and if this is an issue you should consider the 70-200 f/4L IS if the 1-stop difference is acceptable to you. The f/4L is optically superior to the f/2.8L I, and many would argue that it is not far behind the f/2.8L mark II.


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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013, 09:39:38 AM »
Definitely the Mark II. Had the chance to compare pics taken with the IS MkI at the same location at the same time with those I had taken with the IS Mk II. Both on 7D and the IQ difference was very visible...
1DX | 14 2.8L II | 16-35 2.8L II | 24 1.4L II | 24-70 2.8L II | ZE 35 2.0 | ZE 50 2.0 | 85 1.2L II | 100 2.8L IS | 135 2.0L | 70-200 2.8L IS II | 200 F2.0L IS | 300 2.8L IS II | 400 2.8L | 500 4.0L IS

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2013, 10:34:23 AM »
70-200 f2.8 IS II

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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013, 10:51:49 AM »
Having owned the 70-200/2.8 I and the 70-200/2.8 II, and used both on a 40D and 5D mk II, the difference between the two lenses is like night and day.

The mk I, when stopped down to f4 produces quite nice results. The colours and contrast are very nice, but the sharpness isn't fully there. At f2.8 and viewed at 100%, it always has a very ugly softness to it. The mk II however just nails it every time - you only gain DoF by stopping down - the sharpness is simply stunning wide open throughout the zoom range. The IS is better too. I'm unaware of any aspect of the mk I being better than mk II.

I would strongly recommend against the mk I. If you are buying it to shoot at f4 and below, save yourself money, size and weight and get the 70-200/4 IS. According to test chart shots on TDP, it's sharper than the mk I at f4, and the IS is better (4 stops vs 3 stops). It also means if you're ever shooting in Tv, it can't open up to a poor performing aperture. If you want to shoot at f2.8, there is no substitute for the mk II.
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Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013, 10:51:49 AM »