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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I previously had the 70-200 F/4 non IS, but I was never blown away with it's sharpness. I'm not sure if I just didn't have a great copy or what. That being said, I need to purchase a 70-200 again. I shot most stuff at F/8 or above, so I don't need a super fast lens, but at the same time I want the better image quality than I was getting. Is the Tamron f/2.8 worth looking into? I would really hesitate to get the Canon F/2.8 IS because of the weight more than anything, and obviously the cost is a bit of a factor as well. Thanks for any input!


Oct 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I'd pick either of the non-IS versions (70-200/4L and 70-200/2.8L), or the f/2.8L IS II. Too bad your 70-200/4L didn't give you acceptable results. Mine is a real peach, and that seems to be the common experience.

OTOH, you could consider an Alt manual focus lens, http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/55. Careful though, it's a slippery slope...



Oct 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I've had two f/4 70-200 lenses, first the non-IS and now the IS, and both are excellent lenses for this sort of work. Although I own primes that overlap this range, I rarely use them for landscape since the zooms are so good.

There is little reason to get the more expensive, larger, and heavier f/2.8 version unless you need it for other purposes.

Dan



Oct 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


The f4 IS I have keeps blowing me away, even with the 1.4x.

Love it!



Oct 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


For landscapes I take my 70-300L over the 70-200 f4IS or the 2.8IS. I like the extra reach and it isn't much heavier than the f4IS.


Oct 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


IMO, the 70-200/4 is a better value than the IS version (especially if you're just doing landscapes), but the IS version is better optically. For me the IS version serves as a general telephoto as well as a landscape lens so the IS and the improved image quality make it worth the cost for me.


Oct 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


For landscape or situations where you shoot at f/4 or smaller, I would suggest the 70-200mm f/4L IS. I use this zoom in conjunction with the 90mm TS-E. The weight and price are big advantages when comparing to the faster f/2.8 version. It takes the 1.4x III extender quite well.
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Oct 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


The f/4 IS is a sweet lens! Highly recommended for landscapes.


Oct 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


roberto1979 wrote:
I previously had the 70-200 F/4 non IS


IS or not, this is a very nice lens.
I would think either your shutter speed was too low, or more likely needed focus adjustment.
As others have said, the f4 is sharp and lightweight. It is also relatively inexpensive compared the 2.8 which you don't need.



Oct 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


The 70-200 4.0 L IS USM is the best lens I ever purchased. Razor sharp over the whole range. As sharp as my 100 L at 100mm and compared to the 70-200 2.8 IS/IS II around half the weight (and price). You will not need the missing stop for your purposes, I guess. You might have got a bad non IS copy , but the IS version is sharper than a good one anyway. Go 70-200 4.0 IS.

Ralph



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


Depends on how you go about it... If you are using a tripod + LiveView I would get the 70-200 f/4 non-IS. If you do a lot of shooting on the go, I would get the 70-200 f/4 IS. I owned the latter previously. A great lens with excellent optics.


Oct 21, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I shoot everything on a tripod, MLU, 2 second delay, LiveView, with a remote. My set up is as stable as can be. I think I'll pick up the F/4 IS this time around and give it a go.


Oct 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I upgraded from the 70-200 4L to the 70-200 4L IS and, although the older lens was very good, the IS version was even better: sharper wide open and much more resistant to flare when shooting into the sun or city nightscapes.


Oct 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


roberto1979 wrote:
I shoot everything on a tripod, MLU, 2 second delay, LiveView, with a remote. My set up is as stable as can be. I think I'll pick up the F/4 IS this time around and give it a go.



That sounds like it should be giving you clean images. What sort of aperture/shutter settings are you using? Also, any sample images?



Oct 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I shoot everything on a tripod, MLU, 2 second delay, LiveView, with a remote. My set up is as stable as can be.

If this is the case (especially LiveView), I'd guess you have a lens that has some internal problems. Yes, I'd recommend the f/4 IS (I've used it for years), but what to do with the old one? It doesn't seem right to sell your problem to someone else, unless you've made full disclosure. You may want to sent it to Canon to get the apparent problem fixed, and then decide to either keep the fixed lens or sell the repaired lens and go with the IS version.



Oct 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


I've had two copies of the 70-200/4L IS and both were decentered, one severely. It marred my opinion of that lens. The Digital Picture's comparison has the 70-200s delivering almost identical performance at f/8. If your copy lags significantly, service it or replace it.


Oct 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


It was stolen, so hopefully there's a thief out there taking bad pictures.




Oct 22, 2012 at 03:09 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


roberto1979 wrote:
I previously had the 70-200 F/4 non IS, but I was never blown away with it's sharpness. I'm not sure if I just didn't have a great copy or what. That being said, I need to purchase a 70-200 again. I shot most stuff at F/8 or above, so I don't need a super fast lens, but at the same time I want the better image quality than I was getting. Is the Tamron f/2.8 worth looking into? I would really hesitate to get the Canon F/2.8 IS because of the weight more than anything, and obviously the cost is
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I think you did not have a great copy. My 70-200 f4L non-IS is tack sharp. Has been for many years. I think I have had it for 8 years IIRC. Its the perfect landscape 70-200. I dont take any other lens in that range when I go hiking.



Oct 22, 2012 at 03:53 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


Mostly I use the f/4 IS for landscapes as it is lightweight and optically excellent. I also have the f/2.8 IS II, but rarely use it.

EBH



Oct 22, 2012 at 04:16 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Which 70-200 for landscapes?


Another vote for the f/4 IS. Very impressive optically, though the IS won't do anything for you if you're on a tripod. Useful for hand-holding it though.

Unfortunately the f/4 doesn't come with a tripod ring. Worth purchasing one to improve balance on a tripod. I just borrow the tripod ring from my 400 5.6 when I need one.

The f/2.8L IS II is possibly even better, but at twice the weight (and twice the cost). I find the f/4 versions to be easier to carry and use for landscapes.

I wouldn't bother with the Tamron



Oct 22, 2012 at 04:49 AM
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