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Well I just bought one of these from Canon and now I will feel guilty (at least until I do some shooting with it). You see, the problem is I already have the most excellent f/4 IS version and so do not really need this monster. So I have convinced myself that this purchase was an investment, so I should be able to sell it for not too much loss if I should so choose. Fine. The problem is that I am afraid that I wont want to sell my f/4 due to size/weight etc. and will have two 70-200 zooms, which seems more than just a little silly. I am hoping that, after seeing the magic that comes from the 2.8, I will willingly part with my little girlyman zoom, but I think that in reality I am screwed...

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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2013, 10:14:51 AM »
The MkII is a wonderful lens, I doubt you'll regret it.  If anything, you'll be selling the f/4 version.  Personally, I can see the utility of having the 70-200 II, and the 70-300L for travel. The latter made the 70-200/4 IS less interesting, to me.
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013, 11:25:58 AM »
The MkII is a wonderful lens, I doubt you'll regret it.  If anything, you'll be selling the f/4 version.  Personally, I can see the utility of having the 70-200 II, and the 70-300L for travel. The latter made the 70-200/4 IS less interesting, to me.

+1. I got mine used for 1900 and thought the same thing over my MK1. Sold the Mk1 and have not looked back. Great deal!

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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 11:29:18 AM »
If weight is not an issue, you should sell the f/4 lens.

I plan to get the f/2.8 II but will retain the f/4 (non-IS) to have a lightweight tele-zoom to take on hikes. The 2.8 is a beast but weighs twice as much as the f/4 lenses. Having two zooms in the same range seems stupid but them again ... Horses for courses!
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 11:35:59 AM »
You see, the problem is I already have the most excellent f/4 IS version and so do not really need this monster. So I have convinced myself that this purchase was an investment, so I should be able to sell it for not too much loss if I should so choose. Fine. The problem is that I am afraid that I wont want to sell my f/4 due to size/weight etc. and will have two 70-200 zooms, which seems more than just a little silly. I am hoping that, after seeing the magic that comes from the 2.8, I will willingly part with my little girlyman zoom, but I think that in reality I am screwed...

A lot of folks probably end up with duplicates in this range and keep them for one reason or the other. It is a slippery slope though...I have somehow ended up with four, yes, four of the zooms in this range with much overlap: 70-200 f4, 70-200 f2.8II, 70-300L IS, and 100-400L IS.

Owing to weight, I favor the 70-200 f/4 and the 70-300L IS. The other two are underused if at all. Yet, I just can't seem to bring myself to sell the 70-200 f/2.8II as it is a great zoom inspite of the shortcomings on weight and obviousness which leads me to rag on it quite a bit here... The 100-400L I bought used at a price I couldn't pass up. Only wild life I see in my life is a mangy squirrel now and then. I have always said I am gonna get rid of the last two...eventually...in due course of time...when the time is ripe... :-\

So yeah, slippery slope... sign up for "L.A" ...Lenses Anonymous.  :-X
 
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2013, 11:57:55 AM »
You see, the problem is I already have the most excellent f/4 IS version and so do not really need this monster. So I have convinced myself that this purchase was an investment, so I should be able to sell it for not too much loss if I should so choose. Fine. The problem is that I am afraid that I wont want to sell my f/4 due to size/weight etc. and will have two 70-200 zooms, which seems more than just a little silly. I am hoping that, after seeing the magic that comes from the 2.8, I will willingly part with my little girlyman zoom, but I think that in reality I am screwed...

A lot of folks probably end up with duplicates in this range and keep them for one reason or the other. It is a slippery slope though...I have somehow ended up with four, yes, four of the zooms in this range with much overlap: 70-200 f4, 70-200 f2.8II, 70-300L IS, and 100-400L IS.

Owing to weight, I favor the 70-200 f/4 and the 70-300L IS. The other two are underused if at all. Yet, I just can't seem to bring myself to sell the 70-200 f/2.8II as it is a great zoom inspite of the shortcomings on weight and obviousness which leads me to rag on it quite a bit here... The 100-400L I bought used at a price I couldn't pass up. Only wild life I see in my life is a mangy squirrel now and then. I have always said I am gonna get rid of the last two...eventually...in due course of time...when the time is ripe... :-\

So yeah, slippery slope... sign up for "L.A" ...Lenses Anonymous.  :-X

In the interest of full disclosure, I also have the 100-400L as well as the 300L f/4...

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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 12:09:39 PM »
Granted I don't have this lens, but Canon list this lens at Weight 52.6 oz./1490g  or 1490 Grams = 3.284887703800 Pounds. What is so bad about that?

I've walked around for hours with a 300mm f2.8, taking pictures of wildlife @ 5.6 lbs and granted it was a workout, but still...

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013, 12:14:09 PM »
You have the 100-400mm that is got to be at least 3bls right?

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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2013, 12:17:52 PM »
In the interest of full disclosure, I also have the 100-400L as well as the 300L f/4...

Hello, my name is <insert name here>, and I have a problem.

I tried the 12-step program. I exceed expectations when I bought my 13th lens.  ;)
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2013, 12:25:43 PM »
In the interest of full disclosure, I also have the 100-400L as well as the 300L f/4...

Hello, my name is <insert name here>, and I have a problem.

I tried the 12-step program. I exceed expectations when I bought my 13th lens.  ;)

This zoom will make it 12 for me. I need to part with some or I need an intervention :P

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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 12:29:17 PM »
Naah, you just need an attitude adjustment.  As for me, #14 is getting ordered next week.
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2013, 12:33:29 PM »
I felt the same when I bough my 600mm mk2... As soon as I used it i forgot about the guilt and started thinking what a great investment

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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2013, 12:50:17 PM »
Granted I don't have this lens, but Canon list this lens at Weight 52.6 oz./1490g  or 1490 Grams = 3.284887703800 Pounds. What is so bad about that?

I've walked around for hours with a 300mm f2.8, taking pictures of wildlife @ 5.6 lbs and granted it was a workout, but still...

Carrying a single lens is not such a big issue ... but try doing a trek ascending 4,000-5,000 feet with a few lenses, multiple camera bodies, a tripod and some other stuff you need. Weight does become an issue at some point and its better to be light rather than heavy! OTOH, maybe you are stronger than I am :)
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2013, 12:57:41 PM »
The MkII is a wonderful lens, I doubt you'll regret it.  If anything, you'll be selling the f/4 version.  Personally, I can see the utility of having the 70-200 II, and the 70-300L for travel. The latter made the 70-200/4 IS less interesting, to me.

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I first owned the 70-300L. And, it is a great travel lens. Still I purchased the 70-200 f/2.8 It is a great portrait / urban travel /sport lens. No regret I bought it.
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Re: EF70-200 f/2.8L IS ll refurbished @ Canon for $1699.20 & I'm screwed
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2013, 01:01:29 PM »
Granted I don't have this lens, but Canon list this lens at Weight 52.6 oz./1490g  or 1490 Grams = 3.284887703800 Pounds. What is so bad about that?

I've walked around for hours with a 300mm f2.8, taking pictures of wildlife @ 5.6 lbs and granted it was a workout, but still...

Carrying a single lens is not such a big issue ... but try doing a trek ascending 4,000-5,000 feet with a few lenses, multiple camera bodies, a tripod and some other stuff you need. Weight does become an issue at some point and its better to be light rather than heavy! OTOH, maybe you are stronger than I am :)

Could not agree more. I lug my 400 f/2.8 II in a glass Limo while skiing/hiking with:70-200 f/2.8II, 8-15 fish, 5d3 on occasion, 1.4 TC, 1Dx, RSS Versa 33 and monopod and spare batteries food etc. I have a loaner 500 f/4 II at the moment and the extra 2 Lb is very nice, I feel less exhausted when I get to my location.

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