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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2013, 11:12:23 PM »

My only problem with the 2.8 is that it is too heavy to carry easily . . .


Carrying it for a couple of hours is perfectly fine for me. It's for the longer treks that I have retained the 70-200 f/4 (non-IS). 
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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2013, 11:22:31 PM »
From an L standpoint, I started with the f/2.8 but have both now. I traded my 70-300mm non-L plus cash for the f/4.  If I could only have one, no question I pick the f/2.8.  If hiking 5 miles or less, the size & weight of the f/2.8 has not been a problem. (Age 66). Unlike another post, I find the AF speed of the 2.8 significantly faster.  Both lenses work well with the 1.4X TC III, but of course the 2X TC only works with the 2.8 on most bodies.  For BIF the 400mm f/5.6 is drastically better at maintaining focus lock.  On the other hand for more general wildlife, the 2X TC is ok, and maintains IS and a close minimum focus distance.
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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2013, 11:42:40 PM »
I sold my F4 a while ago - to get the 2.8, and now wish I had the F4 back. I'm contemplating buying another copy, but someone said there may be a Mk II version coming quite soon. Does anyone know if we can expect a 70-200 F4 MARK II in the near future? If so, how would it differ from the current version?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

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There are a lot of lenses which need updating long before a 70-200F4 IS is considered. The IQ is almost as good as the F2.8 version and it is sharper than several primes..... This is one of the best price/performance lenses out there from anyone. It is possible to improve on it, but not by very much. I would not wait around for a version 2 of the lens as you will probably be waiting for ten or more years....
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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2014, 02:20:29 AM »
I started with the 70-200 f/4L IS. I had to get it calibrated and took me some time getting used to it, but after that it was an absolute workhorse - remarkable lens.

I then got a 200 f/2L IS - the difference at 200mm between f/2 and f/4 is night and day.

I got tired of carrying the 200 f/2L IS on hikes and trips etc. so I decided to get a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

But unfortunately, I was disappointed with the 2.8 IS II. I thought it would be a "halfway point" between the 70-200 f/4L IS and the 200 f/2L IS, but unfortunately the reality was the 200 f/2L IS at f/4 has more smoother backgrounds than the 70-200 f/2.8 does at f/2.8!

Consequently, in my mind now it feels like I have a 70-200 f/4L IS II and a 70-200 f/3.5L IS II.

Silly I know but that's what it feels like...
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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2014, 02:27:23 AM »

But unfortunately, I was disappointed with the 2.8 IS II. I thought it would be a "halfway point" between the 70-200 f/4L IS and the 200 f/2L IS, but unfortunately the reality was the 200 f/2L IS at f/4 has more smoother backgrounds than the 70-200 f/2.8 does at f/2.8!


Bokeh is not really the strongest point of the 70-200 2.8 II. It can get real nervous under some conditions.

I believe there always are some compromises in the design of zoom lenses. Yes even in excellent lenses such as the 70-200 II.
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Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2014, 02:27:23 AM »