August 21, 2014, 08:07:06 PM
Topic: Opinions please: Canon 70 - 200 f/4 IS vs. 70 - 200 F2.8 non IS (Read 17744 times)
Which would people choose - larger aperture or image stabilization?
Depends on what you're shooting. The benefit of IS is that it allows handholding with less light, and it does so by allowing a longer shutter speed. That's great if your subject(s) are still, but not as useful if your subjects are moving where you need the higher shutter speed to stop action. For general use, the f/4 IS is probably a better lens - sharper, smaller, lighter, weather sealed, etc. For fast-moving sports, especially indoors, f/2.8 would be better than f/4. Obviously, the f/2.8 IS II gives you the best of both worlds - IS and the extra stop to freeze action...but there's a penalty in terms of weight and cost.
This is right on. I would only caution that this is probably not the last lens you will buy and the Canons keep their value fairly well so it is OK to buy and enjoy and then sell. If you can try these lenses it would be best you can see what well informed folks like neuro are talking about. In the end it is really about the type of photography you anticipate to be doing.
Just looking for an opinion. I want to get my first L lens and I'm tossing between Canon 70 - 200 f/4 IS vs. 70 - 200 F2.8 non IS. I'm looking to use it for sports photography, mainly outdoors but sometime indoors. I've heard lost of pros for both but I haven't read a review that has given me an opinion between these two lenses. I'm leaning towards the f/4 IS but would the 2.8 compensate for hot having IS?
Has anyone used or have both? Which would people choose - larger aperture or image stabilization?
(Thanks in advance!)
for sports as the primary goal = the 2.8 non-IS all the way, you want the extra stop of speed and less DOF to help isolate background just a little more
for a general walk-around/travel/landscape/etc. lens the f/4 IS all the way (smaller, lighter, has IS, a bit sharper (the 2.8 non-IS is plenty good though))
i had the 2.8 non-IS when I did lots of sports, once I stopped doing indoor sports i switched
what body, what sports, what scenarios though?
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