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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2013, 07:24:08 AM »
I would save for the 70-200 2.8 IS II. Although I also love the 135L (which is half the price), the 70-200 will give you more versatility. During receptions or ceremonies you can not always move around without constraints, a good zoom allows you to capture more moments that could have been gone if you would have to move into position first. As said by others, the IQ of the 70-200 II is great, only donwsides are price, weight and the fact that is quite conspicuous.
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2013, 07:24:08 AM »

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2013, 08:36:47 AM »
My wife uses the 70-200 IS II an a 24-70 2.8 MK1 for her wedding photography.  The 70-200 is great for low light (ok, not as good as a f1.2), but moreover allows for versatility and lfexibility with the zoon.  It also makes a great "paparazzi" lens, as you can catch people unawares and get great natural reportage shots as the day goes on, or for the long aisle in big churches.  If you can get a MK1 version of the 70-200IS for a reasonable proce and play with that before forking out for the big beast, it'll give you a feel for what the art of the possible is with the lens.

Yes, it is heavy, but it is dead good too!  :)
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2013, 09:04:32 AM »
I don't shoot most weddings with a 70-200 but when I do, I use the 70-200 IS II.

Save up for the version 2, and you'll want for nothing.

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2013, 05:03:05 PM »
My wife uses the 70-200 IS II an a 24-70 2.8 MK1 for her wedding photography.  The 70-200 is great for low light (ok, not as good as a f1.2), but moreover allows for versatility and lfexibility with the zoon.  It also makes a great "paparazzi" lens, as you can catch people unawares and get great natural reportage shots as the day goes on, or for the long aisle in big churches.  If you can get a MK1 version of the 70-200IS for a reasonable proce and play with that before forking out for the big beast, it'll give you a feel for what the art of the possible is with the lens.

Yes, it is heavy, but it is dead good too!  :)

+1 for adding a fast prime to kit  ;D
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2013, 09:29:08 PM »
So I am sold, guess in getting the 70-20 is  II.  The only thing that stinks is I would love to use the rebate from my 24-70 I mailed in a few weeks ago, but doubt it will be here in time for the next wedding.  As for the mention of the primes, I love my 100mm L, 50 1.4, and 85 1.8, but really need some more reach.  After this guy I think I will be set for some time.  Any of you have any feedback on the turnaround for the mail-in rebates from canon?

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2013, 04:05:08 PM »
Just pulled the trigger on the 70-200 2.8 is II.  Was wanting to use my rebate from the 24-70 but it looks like that will take some time.  Just signed another wedding for January so I am super excited to have this guy for the ceremony.  Thats for the input everyone.

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2013, 04:47:51 PM »
Just pulled the trigger on the 70-200 2.8 is II.  Was wanting to use my rebate from the 24-70 but it looks like that will take some time.  Just signed another wedding for January so I am super excited to have this guy for the ceremony.  Thats for the input everyone.

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2013, 05:07:05 PM »
Mark II is the way to go....

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2013, 06:10:08 PM »
Im really excited about having the 24-70 and 70-200 combo for weddings.  Im afraid my primes are going to get neglected.  ;D

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2013, 06:50:34 PM »
Im really excited about having the 24-70 and 70-200 combo for weddings.  Im afraid my primes are going to get neglected;D

They will, of course.
ISO 3200 and 6400 on the 5D3 allow you to shoot 2.8 most of the time. You'll almost never have to change your lens because it's too dark and you just need the extra light from a prime. You'll never miss that shot anymore cause you were switching lens when it happened.
You'll only get your primes when you want that look you can only get from an f/1.4 f/1.8 lens. That's the real improvement.

When i was shooting my 5D2, i had the Sigma 70-200 2.8 IS and the 85 1.8. I've spent a lot of time switching between these two lenses and i've probably miss plenty of shots because of that loss of time.
Now, with my 5D3 and Canon 70-200 II, i barely use the 85... I only get it when i know i want a shallower DOF or when i can't get the "big" white out of my bag. But never ever because of IQ issues.
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2013, 08:39:01 PM »
Whichever way you go, you want an IS lens. The sharpness of the lens is wasted if it is moving.

There are two very good reasons to get the F4IS over the F2.8IS. The first is that you can not afford the F2.8 version. The second is if you are weight restricted and need the lighter lens (hikers, etc). For everything else, go for the F2.8.

Note that both lenses play very well with teleconverters......
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2013, 10:33:49 PM »
I too have steady hands, which is wonderful. I own the IS version and can tell you from experience that I have kicked myself on more than one occasion for working a shoot and realizing that my image stabilizer was turned off. Tonight, I had a product shoot with a tripod and turned the IS off, next Saturday is a family shoot. By golly I just went to my lens to turn the IS back on. It is a wonderful asset to have and one that I would miss dearly, especially during weddings. I would save up a bit more and purchase the mark ii, or do what I had to do and rent it for all of my weddings until I saved up enough to buy the thing. Either way, I would not send you elsewhere.

Congrats on the growing business BTW, that's always exciting!

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2013, 01:35:47 AM »
Here's another vote for the 70-200 f2.8 Mark II.  I don't shoot weddings, but I do shoot events in similar conditions.  My 70-200 is my most used lens and the IS is a big reason for it.  I have no problem shooting down to 1/40 with it and get interesting shots with my subject still, but surrounding people in a slight blur.  This isn't always my objective, I usually prefer 1/100 or faster, but there are times when you find a subject in poorer light and changing shutter speeds to get the shot is quicker than bumping up the ISO.  You have to work quick at events and a monopod would be too slow and limiting.  The IS does a great job of extending your freedom to get the shot in sometimes less than ideal positions.

More importantly, the IQ is fantastic and it does a great job of isolating your subjects.  Of course, this all depends upon your style of covering these events.  I prefer to stay in the background and love the perspective that I get with the longer focal lengths.  This could well become your primary wedding lens.  If so, the 2.8 IS version would be worth the investment.
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2013, 07:46:37 AM »
As a generalization, it could be said that a wedding photographer without a 70-200 f/2.8isII  is not adequately equipped. The exceptions will be photographers who have an evolved, distinctly individual style that may not include the 70-200 focal range eg a purist who shoots everything with a 35mm or 50mm prime, but for the vast majority of shooters, the flexibility coupled with awesome IQ makes the 70-200 f/2.8isII required kit. If you're serious about building your wedding business, don't save up for this lens...borrow the money and get it straight away. If you're good, you'll earn the money back soon enough.

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2013, 07:32:01 PM »
First of all, either way I would go with IS because 4 stops of stabilization is a huge advantage for hand-held shooting.  As for the 2.8L IS vs. 4L IS , the main advantages of the 4L are that it weighs half as much and costs 1k less. Sure, the 2.8 is one stop faster, but with a mk3, as u know an iso of 8000 still gives u great quality, so why spend the extra grand and lug that 2.8 beast around all day for one f-stop? Sharpness is razor-like with either. When 1600 iso was the limit, 2.8 made sense. Now not so much.

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Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« Reply #29 on: December 01, 2013, 07:32:01 PM »