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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2013, 05:36:23 PM »
While I have never used the 70-200, I do own the 200mm and love it.  It's the fastest lens to focus I have on my 5D MKII and delivers amazing quality.  It's the only one of my lenses that I am trusting to be sharp enough for a 5 by 2 feet panorama for one of my clients. 
Here are some of my favorite shots I've taken with the lens and a gallery of all the photos I've taken with it











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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2013, 05:36:23 PM »

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2013, 05:43:08 PM »
Yes the 200 f2.8 has always lived in the shadow of the 135 f2, yet for me the former is by far the more useful lens.

It offers the IQ of the fabled 70-200 f2.8 at a third of the price, size and weight.

I would also say it has more of the tradition film era contrast - a little bit more abrupt to high and low lights. This can be desirable or undesirable depending on your circumstances.

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2013, 06:10:43 PM »
Here are some of my favorite shots I've taken with the lens and a gallery of all the photos I've taken with it

Excellent pictures, I really like the horse shot!

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2013, 07:12:22 PM »
Both lenses are great for different reasons.  Based on your sig, I take it you'd be upgrading your nonIS 70-400 f4 lens with this decision.  If you're old school, the non-IS 2.8 is really fun, and would allow for the 16-35 or 17-40.

Oh the options...
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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2013, 07:19:12 PM »
If you're going to be in a venue where you'd be racked out to 200mm all the time anyway, the 200 f2.8 is much easier to use and much less obtrusive. And since it measures about 6", you can get it into a lot of venues that have limits on lens size.
Pictures are as good as the 70-200 f2.8L II, IMHO.

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2013, 08:33:50 PM »
I love my 70-200 from the first few shots I was blow away by the image, it is heavy and big but so worth it.

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2013, 08:52:48 PM »
Why don't you buy both used, see which one you like better and then sell the lens you don't prefer.  I have a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii and I'm quite fond of it. 

Why don't you check lightroom to see which aperture you shoot at when you take the 70-200mm f/4L out on the town.  If it is 200mm 90% of the time... save the cash and buy the prime. If you are constantly adjusting the focal length... then you have your answer. 
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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2013, 12:37:43 AM »
Thanks for the replies. It is good to know that the IQ is pretty similar for both lenses so now my decision making becomes a bit easier.

There is a deal going down locally where a used 200 prime in excellent condition is available for about $ 500 - $ 600. I think I'll get that and it'll be useful when I need to carry less weight on my hiking / biking trips.

I'll see if I need the zoom once I use this lens. I don't think I could lose too much money if I were to sell it again :)

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2013, 06:22:25 PM »
I love my 70-200 IS II. I used it on the 5d III and i am very pleased with the results. Here is a sample photo

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Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2013, 06:22:25 PM »