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Old 09-08-2018   #1
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Default Canon 70-200 f4 ii......Should I do it?

I looking for your opinions on whether I should purchase the new Canon 70-200 f/4 IS ii lens for use on my Canon 7d Mark ii camera.

I'm in the process of changing some lenses. I sold the Sigma 17-70 and have the Canon 17-50 f/2.8 on order. The Sigma served me well and I'm expecting the Canon 17-50 f/2.8 will further improve my results.

Now I have an eye on the Canon 70-200 f/4 IS ii but have some concern the reach will be more than I need.

Comments & suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance.

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I keep an old Canon 80-200 mm f/2.8L (which I am thinking of upgrading to an IS version, when an if I get enough extra cash) in my general-purpose kit. My system is essentially a 1.6x crop setup. Although this lens isn't used as often as some of my others, it earns its place in my kit, but is usually the first to be replaced with another lens if I need something else even more. Besides starting where my other lenses leave off, the 80-200 mm f/2.8 is a big and heavy lens, taking up about three times the amount of space as most of my shorter lenses, with the conspicuous exception of my Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 "Art" lens, my usual "go to" lens for wide-angle to normal shooting. Even indoors, I find use for this lens, such as taking head-and-shoulder shots of public speakers and performers, or taking shots from the balcony. It is also useful for taking architectural details such as gargoyles and crests/coats-of-arms. My most recent use was [url'https://photocamel.com/forum/nature-wildlife/235522-bored-buck.html]shooting a deer[/url] when I didn't have anything longer available. I also have a Sigma 150-500 mm f/5-6.3 OS when I expect to shoot wildlife like that, but I didn't bring that lens along on this trip because of its size and weight and I didn't expect to have need of it.


I do hardly any sports photography, but if you are into that, you will definitely want something like the 70-200, and if you must live with f/4, you will definitely want the IS feature. My oldest granddaughter recently graduated from high school and I had to travel cross-country. My wife was already kvetching about the space the tripod was taking, so I couldn't take my long lens for that trip, much as I wanted to. If you have something like the 70-200 mm available, you will find uses for it.
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I keep an old Canon 80-200 mm f/2.8L (which I am thinking of upgrading to an IS version, when an if I get enough extra cash) in my general-purpose kit. My system is essentially a 1.6x crop setup. Although this lens isn't used as often as some of my others, it earns its place in my kit, but is usually the first to be replaced with another lens if I need something else even more. Besides starting where my other lenses leave off, the 80-200 mm f/2.8 is a big and heavy lens, taking up about three times the amount of space as most of my shorter lenses, with the conspicuous exception of my Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 "Art" lens, my usual "go to" lens for wide-angle to normal shooting. Even indoors, I find use for this lens, such as taking head-and-shoulder shots of public speakers and performers, or taking shots from the balcony. It is also useful for taking architectural details such as gargoyles and crests/coats-of-arms. My most recent use was [url'https://photocamel.com/forum/nature-wildlife/235522-bored-buck.html]shooting a deer[/url] when I didn't have anything longer available. I also have a Sigma 150-500 mm f/5-6.3 OS when I expect to shoot wildlife like that, but I didn't bring that lens along on this trip because of its size and weight and I didn't expect to have need of it.


I do hardly any sports photography, but if you are into that, you will definitely want something like the 70-200, and if you must live with f/4, you will definitely want the IS feature. My oldest granddaughter recently graduated from high school and I had to travel cross-country. My wife was already kvetching about the space the tripod was taking, so I couldn't take my long lens for that trip, much as I wanted to. If you have something like the 70-200 mm available, you will find uses for it.
Thanks Scoundrel for the detailed reply. I presently have a Tamron 70-300 and it consistently gives soft results. When I use it most shots are at the 70mm short end. Rarely do I go beyond 150mm.

I wish I could find a zoom in the 50-150mm range at f2.8.
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Sigma currently makes a 50-150mm f/1.8. A little faster than what you’re looking for, but their f/2.8 version is discontinued.

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Sigma currently makes a 50-150mm f/1.8. A little faster than what you’re looking for, but their f/2.8 version is discontinued.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...SU_D_BwE&smp=y
Would anyone here have experience using the Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 in combination with their Canon 7d Mark ii or any of the Canon crop sensor cameras?

Thanks.
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Whoops, just realized the newer lens has a long end of 100mm, not 150mm!

Sorry about that.
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I don't have any experience with that particular model. Based on my experience with the Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8, the 50-100 mm f/1.8 is worth serious consideration despite its size and weight and lack of OS (Sigma's version of IS). That said, if you don't need the low-light capability that the f/1.8 aperture gives you and want something lighter in weight (but still well-built) I would suggest opting for your original choice of the Canon 70-200 mm f/4L IS II instead.


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