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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:02 pm 
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I don't think the 70-200mm is that useful at air shows as the 200mm are a bit short. It's a nice focal length for portraits and some closer tele shots but the 100-400mm offers the additional "zoom power". :lol: I wouldn't want to miss my 100-400mm any more - sometimes I wish to have even more reach. :lol:

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@Jiko it really depends on what you are doing. For wildlife it is not very good. But for portraits, indoor and outdoor sports it is amazing. I love how sharp it is even at 2.8! I have tried the 100-400 and must admit I absolutely love that lens aswell.

P.S do you reckon canon designed it to be used as a portrait lens aswell or did photographers just adopt it for that?

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P.S do you reckon canon designed it to be used as a portrait lens aswell or did photographers just adopt it for that?


You mean the 100-400? I think it's been adopted for portraits. I feel like that was meant to be the definitive outdoor sports lens. And it is. But the truth is, with a focal length that versatile it can be applied to pretty much anything so long as the light's there.


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I must say that I have been VERY happy with my 35mm 1.4L! :)

This one, plus my 100mm 2.8L Macro IS, seem to do just about everything I need, with the 35mm being used the most, by far. I would only need to use the 50L for rainy weather, as the 35mm is not weather-sealed, or for something like portraits, when neither the 35mm nor 100mm put me at a comfortable working distance.

It is now a nice 70-200mm that seems my most likely next target, in the distant future, when I can afford to even begin to look. (I can "make do" with our Tamron 18-200.)

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@ Mark D i was talking about the 70-200 :D It is used by almost every professional portrait photographers. I agree it has been adopted because of it's focal length and wide aperture. When I get mine I will use it for a lot of portrait work.

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Before it was about the 70-200 f/4
I don't say it's a bad lens - it's just not getting the reach of the 100-400mm.

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@ Jiko oh yer I must have misread that :D

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@ Mark D i was talking about the 70-200 It is used by almost every professional portrait photographers. I agree it has been adopted because of it's focal length and wide aperture. When I get mine I will use it for a lot of portrait work.


I don't see the 70-200 f2.8 as a specialty lens, it likely wasn't really "designed for" anything. Portraiture is probably what I'd use it for, and I guess is why I have never wanted one because I rarely shoot portraits. But I could also see it being very useful for say, indoor sports like basketball, where one is close enough to the action but the lighting isn't so good. Basically if what you're doing falls within that focal length range, it'll deliver the goods. Especially with that aperture, it's as close to optical perfection as possible in the short telephoto range.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:09 pm 
I am seriously considering the Sigma 50mm f1.4 for a prime lens as well as the Canon f1.8 telephoto. Both have good optics as well as being good builds. In the future, I hope to add a wide angle lens to my collection.


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I´m currently very tempted by the 70-200 class.
I already tried Tamron and the Canon f4 because i didn´t want to spend that much money in the first place. I was really surprised by the Tamrons IQ. Unfortunately the AF was a bit sluggish. The Canon f4 had similar IQ and a much faster AF, but i missed the f2.8 at times.
I will have to increase my budget to get both aperture and IQ.
Also i´m thinking about the 35mm Samyang.

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Sony's 50mm f/1.8 OSS (E-mount). I hope it's even better than its A-mount sibling, the 50/1.8 SAM. Too bad I can't find any reviews of it...

I'm really looking forward to Sony's upcoming 'G' standard zoom too :D!

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Still the 800mm 5.6L IS on my mind xD


But lens I#d most likely buy next would be the 24mm 1.4L.. awesome lens for street documentary

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24-70mm f2.8L will be my next for sure

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EF 24-105 f4L IS USM here. It's the last lens for the next time - after that one I'll upgrade my camera.

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In my case

An Used Canon 70-200 f 2.8 IS Mark 1 or II
OR
Brand new Sigma APO 70-200 f 2.8 OS HSM
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