canon 70-200 F4 or F4IS

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  1. C.Michael

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    Very true - Horses for courses.
     
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    Shortass_Jr

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    cant wait to try it at winton on the weekend :) heading down with HSV will be great!!!! will tell everyone how she goes very clean lens :)
     
  3. Merudo

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    You won't be disappointed!
     
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    Can you pan without IS or just more difficult?
     
  5. Hi-tek

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    You can pan with IS. Thats why theres 2 modes on IS on some of the lenses. One for both horizontal and vertical stabilisation and the other mode for a single axis only
     
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    Up until the 70-200 F2.8L IS II - the 70-200F4L IS was THE sharpest of Canon's 70-200L lens line up.

    At the moment, the current IS models ARE sharper than their non IS counterparts.

    If I didn't want an underwater housing for the 50D as badly as I do, I would have bought it. I thought it was awesome when I tried it out...


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  7. Nafe

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    The F4L is nicely weighted, and only 700grams or so, easy to handhold and pan all day long.
    You can pan with or without IS no problems.
     
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    Ive had both and u wont be disappointed with either, both are sharp and render lovely bokeh.
    IS wont matter for sports much so u saved urself a few bucks :D

    the 2.8 versions will help in low light sports to obtain a faster shutter.
     
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    Having used all of them, in my experience f4L < f4L IS < f2.8 L IS II as far as sharpness goes.

    Not that there's anything wrong with the non is f4 version to begin with but the new IS versions are fantastic. It comes down to cost and weight really.
     
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    Agree. The 2.8 IS II trumps all in regards to wide open sharpness (more evident in the corners) and vignetting.
     
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    Several years ago I sold my 70-200 f/4 IS lens and bought the non-IS version. I was glad I did.
    Non-IS was sharper, cheaper and lighter. Since i wanted it for outdoor daytime stuff the IS was of little or no advantage to me.

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    Just one thing to note about the 70-200 f/4L IS, it is TERRIBLE at MFD, from about 160mm upwards due to residual uncorrected spherical abberations caused by the lack of floating element. Makes it unusable for maximum magnification photos.

    I'm not sure if this design issue affects the 70-200 f/4L as I have never used it

    Nevertheless, I still recommend the IS version as you get so much more versatility with it. And regarding the design flaw I mentioned, a workaround is to step back about 3m+. It's not ideal, but better than a soft photo
     
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    The SA at MFD is a minor issue unless you plan on using this lens as a close-up kit.
    It will only be visible if you are shooting at near 200mm and at very short range... and looking for it.

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    guys just wanted to fill in went out to winton vicdrift today unreal my god people have skills :) the lens worked a treat!!!! 200mm is fine at winton :D
     
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    So basically you got one of the very few average F/4 IS lenses? Price is definately a factor, but weight? It's something like 50g difference and when they're both > 700g you couldn't tell the difference with a blindfold on.
     
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    Weight was a minor factor, but since I sell these things every day for a living I was able to put a number of them to the test and managed to consistently get better results out of the non-IS models.

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