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Archive 2013 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?
  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


I started with a 7D and 70-200 and had great fun with this combo (mainly nature shots). I picked up a 5D Mk iii with 24-105 and at the same time a 400 f5.6. Since than, the 70-200 sits on the sidelines most of the time.

So the question is: What do you use your 70-200 for? I need to be inspired.



Jan 26, 2013 at 03:19 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Nothing really. I bought the 2.8 IS II a year or so ago (when they were popularly priced) to replace my original 2001 70-200/2.8 IS. After one week in the field, I did not find enough improvement over the 70-200/4 IS to make hauling it around worthwhile. I suppose the 2.8 IS II will be useful if I ever shoot at f/5 or wider again.

I use the 70-200 range frequently for just about everything, inlcuding pan-stitch landscapes.

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Jan 26, 2013 at 03:25 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


It is my main portrait lens.


Jan 26, 2013 at 03:25 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Longer shots than I can get with the 24-105

If you're in to long telephoto shots then the 70-200 is probably not the right lens in your bag.

It's not often I need to go over 200mm.



Jan 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


That's just the problem....the 400 seams to be on my 7D all the time and the 70-200 sits in the bag


Jan 26, 2013 at 03:33 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Football on dimly lit fields. Gyms with enough light to go as narrow as 2.8 @ ISO 3200 (not a lot of them around here). Baseball and softball as I can go from batter to base runner with a twist of the FL ring. Landscape. Wildlife. Occasional environmental portrait. Even macro. Excellent tool. Bought version II to replace an ancient non-IS version. Found the latest version to acquire focus faster (in lower light). Sharpness really about equal. Frankly with 24-70 and a 70-200 both f/2.8, I can handle about everything required for newspaper work. Both are also valuable for landscape. If I can only walk about with 2 lenses the above would be the choice.

Robert



Jan 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


I have the same problem with the 70-200 F/4 IS - I usually want to go longer (the 100-400 usually does the trick) or wider.


Jan 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


If you are truly barmy, you can put it in the post. PM me for my address.


Jan 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Since you have both the 70-200 mkII and 400/5.6:

Have you tried comparing (Optically, AF Speed) the 70-200 + TC2 and the 400/5.6 ?

If comparable the IS on the 70-200 might be handy...



Jan 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?



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Stopped down like a boss.

I don't think I have one keeper (wall hanger) that is at f2.8. At least not yet.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Kid stuff.


Jan 26, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Unfortunately, lately a backpack weight!!!


Jan 26, 2013 at 07:43 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


barmy wrote:
I started with a 7D and 70-200 and had great fun with this combo (mainly nature shots). I picked up a 5D Mk iii with 24-105 and at the same time a 400 f5.6. Since than, the 70-200 sits on the sidelines most of the time.

So the question is: What do you use your 70-200 for? I need to be inspired.


Landscapes, particularly sunsets; not all of the sky always looks good enough to include. At 200, I don't have to crop half the pixels away.

And, also in particular, the Olympic mountains of WA state are about 13 miles away - across water. Foot zooming is kind of wet (to say nothing of the depth of the Juan da Fuca Strait).

Glenn



Jan 26, 2013 at 08:01 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


barmy wrote:
So the question is: What do you use your 70-200 for? I need to be inspired.

Just come to NYC for a day/weekend and just walk around for a while - that should get your creative juices flowing again






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Jan 26, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Indoor swim meets, kids, dogs, "intimate" landscapes (that is, small sections of the view, not nudes... )...

I often stick an extension tube in my pocket and carry the 70-200 (or 80-200) on walks in the woods or down the road; the 2.8 aperture isolates subjects and the extension tube gets me closer to bugs, flowers, and other tiny things...

On bright sunny days, I might grab the 70-300 instead, but for shade or overcast, it's the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II...

Jerry



Jan 26, 2013 at 09:28 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


reno.peterson wrote:
Unfortunately, lately a backpack weight!!!


Well Reno , ill do you a direct swap . Your white backpack weight for a nice bit of canon drain pipe



Jan 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Anything that I can



Jan 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


I just got back from the camera store trying to satisfy an itch for something new. Decided to just hold a 70-200f2.8 is ii. That alone gave me tennis elbow so I'm happy with the f4 IS once again. I did get some macro tubes so off to play with those.


Jan 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Very rare that I don't have my 70-200 on my 1DX. Incredibly versatile zoom for events. Combined with a 1.4x TC it can do fairly well at field sports as well.


Jan 27, 2013 at 01:10 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · What do you use your 70-200 f2.8 Mk ii for?


Mine gets alot of use, it's my first choice for Portraits, also use it for indoor sports, and outdoor night sports.


Jan 27, 2013 at 01:25 AM
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