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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what you need without fuss, 13 Jan 2011
This review is from: Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (Accessory)
Like many others I pondered over the cost, the f2.8 v f4 and the supposed weight and the Sigma and the Tamron .....

I currently use 2 x Eos 30ds with 24-105L and 10-22 and an old Tokina 28-70 f2.8 which i love and has given many years faithful service.

I primarily shoot events and weddings. I decided on the f2.8 as I was informed it focusses better in low light (less misses/poorly focussed shots) and that the 4 stop image stabilisation is a worthwhile thing to have.

My findings:

It is not heavy- i have on many occasions used a friend's 100-400L which according to Canon is lighter than the 70-200, the 100-400 feels heavier to me and more cumbersome, albeit with excellent image quality and reach.

It does not 'stand out' as much as the 100-400 which I prefer as I can get the shots I want, unnoticed.

Focussing on my 30d is very fast, i tested various light conditions, where the 24-105 f4L began to hunt in poorer light, the 70-200 (same focal length approx) 'locked on' immediately.

Sharpness is staggering prior to any adjustments or sharpening. Just keep zooming on the rear screen of your camera and it stays sharp, truly amazing.

Bokeh/background blur is phenomenal, people/objects just leap out of the picture.

If you can afford it ( I borrowed the money to get it and the work is paying back the loan) then buy it, you will in all honesty be delighted with it.

My friend has the 70-200 f4 non is version which I have used and that is very sharp also so dont fear buying the f4 it's fantastic also. I shoot events where the light is often poor( 80% of my work at the moment) and this has proved a godsend as my 'hit-rate' has improved noticeably so I have more images to sell.

So many of us go mad deciding what to get, is that extra stop of light worth it etc, if you can justify it as a business need then buy it, because that extra stop has been a big help in my case, if you shoot mostly outdoors, save the money and get the f4, it's just as sharp.

Jan 2011.
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