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    Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS vs No IS

    I've been looking at these two lenses and am wondering whether or not the IS is really worth the extra cost. Most photos you take have high shutter speeds so there is very little need for the IS. There is only a small niche where IS is really necessary. Has anyone tried both lenses. What do you have to say?

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    If you haven't already read this, you may find it of interest: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...70-200is.shtml
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    The IS version will be more useful by far.
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    I see the slight difference. It seems the IS really helps when enlarging to %100. However, I won't be doing that, so I can't really justify the $600+ extra that this lens costs. I'm going to lean towards the non-IS version.

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    I think you'll be hard pressed to find a 70-200 IS owner who would ever go back. As a former 80-200 f2.8L owner, I can testify that this IS lens sees far more use than the non IS ever did because I can use it more. The old lens had amazing image quality, but was rather limited to an outdoor lens by my need for fast shutter speeds to tame the shake. These days, I actually have a hard time thinking of reasons to take it off the body that holds it, and I haven't even touched my poor 135L (an optical gem in Canon's lineup) since I bought the IS lens. As good as the 135L is, I need too fast a SS to handhold it...
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    I love my non-IS but do wish it had IS.

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    Thumbs up IS... it is the ONLY way!

    I love my IS jewel... and am darn glad mine has it.

    Look... when you are at f/2.8... and slow shutter... IS will seriously save the shot. It eliminates shake and contrails. It is included as an OPTION... but when you go for it... it is there.

    My EF 70~200 f/2.8L IS USM is the only lens I have with this capability... and it is a noticeable difference. Hey, if I notice it... so will 98% of your viewers. Save yourself loads of embarrassment and criticism... just plunk down the scratch and get it. You are already spending a lot on the lens... get all of it.

    Not getting IS, on a lens that offers it, is kind of like driving three-quarters of the way to someplace... then giving up and driving back.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-29-2006 at 07:18 PM.
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    Wow Don's endorsing the more expensive OEM version. Is the world coming to an end?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamison55
    Wow Don's endorsing the more expensive OEM version. Is the world coming to an end?
    lol I think so. He even backed me up over on the L POTN thread you just hit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamison55
    Wow Don's endorsing the more expensive OEM version. Is the world coming to an end?
    Its hard once you see the light as canon intended it to be seen!

    Kinda like thinking originally that my Sigma 70-300 was quite the lens, then I bought an USM lens. . . .whoooooo buddy. When you don't know how good it can be - you just don't know. With that said - apply the previous statement to IS Pag - And its not something that can be seen at enlarging - camera shake can bee seen clear as day at normal size - even printing a 3x5. . . I've never used it but having really learned about photography I've come to appreciate the concept of IS so much that I know how useful it can be - Plus when you have people like Peter and Jamie - two extremely talented photographers talking about the advantages of IS - how can you not listen, but more importantly, how can you not hear them. At first its a little like not listening to your parental gaurdians - "What do they know. . . " Oh, they know!

    I think either lens would be an outstanding addition to any lineup - but with IS you extend the usefulness of this lens 10 fold!

    good luck
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