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Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:34:34 PM »
I just bought a new 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and still have my 70-200 f/4 IS.  I'm guessing others have probably "upgraded" as well and I'm wondering how many of you kept your f/4 or if you sold, any regret you had.  I have the 85 f/1.2 II and 135 f/2 plus teleconverters so I could use those for travel or when I need lighter weight.

I'm just wondering if I'll ever use the f/4 again, but it's been one of my favorite lenses, so I'm not sure what to do. 
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Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:34:34 PM »

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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 01:46:52 PM »
Mine is up for sale now after I received my refurb about 4 weeks ago.  I don't use 70-200 enough to justify two lenses, even though the f/4 is fantastic. 

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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 01:48:27 PM »
IQ is similar and it's much smaller and lighter - the f/4 might be nice for travel.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 02:05:02 PM »
Sell it.

If you want to replace it, it might be worth looking into the 70-300L as a travel lens.  It's lighter and more compact than the 70-200L II and it gives you a bit more reach.  It's a little heavier than the 70-200L f/4 IS but is still about an inch shorter and about 2 inches shorter than the 70-200 II.  The difference in length might not seem like much, but it's the difference between being able to store it vertically in a camera bag versus on its side, which takes a lot more room.

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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 02:41:41 PM »
IQ is similar and it's much smaller and lighter - the f/4 might be nice for travel.
Seconded.  I'm one of the strange ones who purchased a 70-200 f/4L IS after getting a f/2.8L II, simply to save weight while traveling.  I do lots of hiking and every ounce counts.  The 85 f/1.2L and 135 f/2L combined weigh 2.3x more than the 70-200 f/4L IS.  I'd say if you aren't strapped for cash, hold onto both the f/4 and f/2.8 versions of the 70-200 for a while and see which one gets more use.  After a while, you'll be able to make an informed decision on why one of them should be sold or not.  Each person's needs will likely be different.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 04:45:09 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone.  I think I'll hang onto it for a little while to see if I use it, but I'm really impressed with the f/2.8 IS II and wonder if the f/4 IS will see much time on the camera.  I had also considered selling my 400 f/5.6, but the 70-200 + 2x extender doesn't quite match the quality and the weight is much heavier.  The 400 f/5.6 is a tricky lens, but I love it, especially on my 5D Mark III.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2013, 05:31:46 AM »
Interesting - I thought by having a 70-200 II I'd do away with the 135L or is that extra stop worth it? I was debating buying the 135L when I already had the 70-200 f/4 IS but figured 2 stops was a big enough advantage.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 08:01:40 AM »
Interesting - I thought by having a 70-200 II I'd do away with the 135L or is that extra stop worth it? I was debating buying the 135L when I already had the 70-200 f/4 IS but figured 2 stops was a big enough advantage.

I own both the 70-200 2.8 II and 135L and use both frequently.  The extra stop of aperature on the 135 comes in handy at times.  The 135 is also lighter and less conspicuous with a shorter minimum focal distance (which helps in tight quarters).  I use the 135 much more for indoor portraits and kid shots.  I use the 70-200 outdoors more and for indoor sports.  You probably shoot different things than I do, but both the 135 and 70-200 2.8 have a permanent home in my kit.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2013, 08:18:57 AM »
Interesting - I thought by having a 70-200 II I'd do away with the 135L or is that extra stop worth it? I was debating buying the 135L when I already had the 70-200 f/4 IS but figured 2 stops was a big enough advantage.

I own both the 70-200 2.8 II and 135L and use both frequently.  The extra stop of aperature on the 135 comes in handy at times.  The 135 is also lighter and less conspicuous with a shorter minimum focal distance (which helps in tight quarters).  I use the 135 much more for indoor portraits and kid shots.  I use the 70-200 outdoors more and for indoor sports.  You probably shoot different things than I do, but both the 135 and 70-200 2.8 have a permanent home in my kit.

Yeah I see your point about the 135L being a bit more discreet, though with the lens hood attached it looses some of it's stealth!
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2013, 08:42:56 AM »
I kept my f/4 for a while after I borrowed the f/2.8 I and then purchased the f/2.8 II, and I was sorry to let it go but it was just gathering dust.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2013, 08:47:50 AM »
I have both also, I kept my f/4 which is most often on my 7D, it's a brilliant lens, the weight saving compared to the f/2.8 is also a bonus...the f/2.8 is most often used on my 5DmkIII...
Hang on to it, it may come in handy...

Another bonus is my f/4 is sharp on the 7D at both the wide and tele end no need for AFMA, can't say that about some of my other lenses...too bad you can only AFMA at one point on the 7D...

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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2013, 09:01:51 AM »
I intended to sell my f/4 IS after getting the f/2.8 IS II but found that I was still using the f/4 IS for travel, casual use, etc. I suppose it depends on whether the size and weight of the f/2.8 ever bothers you.

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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2013, 09:06:00 AM »
Yeah I see your point about the 135L being a bit more discreet, though with the lens hood attached it looses some of it's stealth!

Yeah, it is huge!  Nearly as large as the lens itself.  I don't use it much.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2013, 09:08:28 AM »
I agree with those above who suggested keeping both for awhile.  I have the 2.8II, buts its a heavy beast.  There are plenty of times on long hikes when I wished I had a 4.0 instead.
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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2013, 09:13:23 AM »
Keep it If you can.  In my case (and I'm betting most others too) I couldn't financially justify both versions but I'd love to have both.   I do not regret selling it because I clearly made a choice to gain a stop and lose the compactness of the F4 IS.  Honestly I do expect to own that lens again someday in addition to my 2.8 II.  It will probably be some backpacking trip or some other limited gear trip which bring me to repurchase. But for now, it's low on my list. 

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Re: Keep my 70-200 f/4 IS?
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