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So today I am in the mood to spend some money. I want to get a new lens for my 30d but I'm not really sure which one to go with. I'm between the 70-200 2.8L is and the 70-200 4.0L is. I guess the big question is if the extra stop is worth the roughly $500 difference. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
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I've had both the 2.8is and now currently have the 4.0is. If you are shooting a lot of indoor stuff or want a lot of bokeh, then get the 2.8. Otherwise, save your money and get the 4.0.

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[quote author=DRUMM3RBOY link=topic=104947.msg2133760#msg2133760 date=1205005828]
So today I am in the mood to spend some money. I want to get a new lens for my 30d but I'm not really sure which one to go with. I'm between the 70-200 2.8L is and the 70-200 4.0L is. I guess the big question is if the extra stop is worth the roughly $500 difference. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
[/quote]Yes. If you do sports photography, that extra f stop allows you higher shutter speeds.


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Well, I really don't do it professionally right now. I do some side jobs and little things. Shot a couple weddings and engagement sessions. Does the 2.8 really make that much of a big difference in low light or like night shots?
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[quote author=DRUMM3RBOY link=topic=104947.msg2133806#msg2133806 date=1205007131]
Well, I really don't do it professionally right now. I do some side jobs and little things. Shot a couple weddings and engagement sessions. Does the 2.8 really make that much of a big difference in low light or like night shots?
[/quote]any time you can photograph with available light is a bonus. Especially at weddings.


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[quote author=DRUMM3RBOY link=topic=104947.msg2133806#msg2133806 date=1205007131]
Well, I really don't do it professionally right now. I do some side jobs and little things. Shot a couple weddings and engagement sessions. Does the 2.8 really make that much of a big difference in low light or like night shots?
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yes. HUGE difference
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Don't forget, the 2.8L IS is a VERY VERY VERY heavy lens
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[quote author=dabears2k link=topic=104947.msg2133823#msg2133823 date=1205007514]
Don't forget, the 2.8L IS is a VERY VERY VERY heavy lens
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That's really what I'm trying to figure out I guess. If with the added weight and the $500 difference, is it REALLY worth it?
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[quote author=DRUMM3RBOY link=topic=104947.msg2133829#msg2133829 date=1205007661]
[quote author=dabears2k link=topic=104947.msg2133823#msg2133823 date=1205007514]
Don't forget, the 2.8L IS is a VERY VERY VERY heavy lens
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That's really what I'm trying to figure out I guess. If with the added weight and the $500 difference, is it REALLY worth it?
[/quote]If you have the extra money, spend it. You will hate yourself if you go with the cheaper lens. It wil allow you to expand your abilities. It's worth it.


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[quote author=DRUMM3RBOY link=topic=104947.msg2133806#msg2133806 date=1205007131]
Well, I really don't do it professionally right now. I do some side jobs and little things. Shot a couple weddings and engagement sessions. Does the 2.8 really make that much of a big difference in low light or like night shots?
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f2.8 is a full stop faster than f4.0, so yeah it's a huge difference. You'll be able to double you shutter speed with the 2.8. Now, imagine shooting a wedding where you can only achieve 1/125 with the f/4. Possibly will turn out ok, but with the f2.8 you could have the same exposure at 1/250.

Another factor to consider is that you will lose your high-precision center autofocus sensor with any glass slower than f2.8. Lenses with maximum apertures slower than f2.8 cause the high-precision center autofocus sensor to change to a standard precision sensor.

Yet another bonus with the f/2.8 is that you can throw the 1.4x teleconverter on and have a very usable 98-280/f4 lens if you need a little more reach.

I don't understand why people are so fearful of the weight of the 70-200/2.8L IS. Yeah, it's a heck of a lot heavier than a small prime or the kit lens, but this lens is handheld routinely by wedding, portrait, sports, and photojournalist photographers all over. A few guys I shoot with routinely handhold the 300/2.8 IS or 200/1.8 for an entire football game. I prefer a monopod for the 300/2.8, but sometimes will handhold it for a quarter or so.



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