So for the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to save some money to buy a Canon 16-35 and 70-200 f2.8. I arranged the money so that I would be able to buy the two lenses and two Heliopan ND filters for the lenses.
I got the money arranged two days ago, However when I went on the B&H to buy the lenses, the prices were increases on both lenses. Apparently Canons Sale was over on the 7th of July. All together this increases the total price by $500. I mean I could still buy the lenses but I wouldn't have enough money to buy the filters and it would be $500 spent on nothing.
What do you guys think I should do? Im not in a rush to buy these lenses but it would be good if I could get it by the first week of next month. Do you think Canon will have another sale on these lenses in the upcoming weeks? OR should I just buy the lenses without the filters (How useful would a 70-200 be without an ND filter)?
Thank You Very Much!!!
Since you aren't in a hurry, you can always subscribe to notifications at canonpricewatch.com
and pick up refurbished copies when they become available. After tax, you're looking at roughly the same amount of savings, and even more when they run their regular sales. In fact, I was able to pick up a 70-200 IS II for $1784 shipped less than a month ago! You just have to be on your toes when you receive the email(s), because both of those lenses go out of stock quickly.
FYI, the last stock of 16-35s were available (and sold out) yesterday, so it could be 1-2+ weeks before they're in stock again. However, the 70-200 hasn't been in stock for 2 weeks now, so my guess
is that they will be replenished sometime this week or next.
As for ND filters, that depends largely on your needs. If you're shooting video midday, then yes; they would probably come in handy. But for stills, even wide open at f/2.8, your max shutter speed should be fast enough to compensate for a proper exposure, unless you're shooting into the sun (in which case I'd be much more worried about flare). Honestly, worry about the glass now and the filters later if your budget is limited; the first is a much better investment than the latter.