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| p.2 #9 · Canon 70-200 f/4L vs. Canon 70-200 f/4L IS |
I bought my non-IS about three months before the IS version hit the market. I've never had any interest in replacing it with the IS version, I'm very happy with the image quality of the non-IS. If I thought I'd see an obvious difference in image quality at say f/5.6 or smaller I'd be tempted but I'm not convinced there is, at least not enough to matter to me.
Yes, for a few applications, the non-IS is almost as good (i.e. on a tripod at small apertures). So if the IS version is stretching the budget too much, then the non-IS is great. And still one of the best deals among all Canon lenses. But for more versatility the IS really is the way to go.