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| p.1 #12 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1 |
Easy, you can never have enough reach. 300/2.8 with TC's gives you a lot of flexibility. Also, isn't the 200/1.8 out of service by Canon? I don't want the hassle of trying to find somebody to fix it and hoping they have parts.
Application is the most important reason. Indoor sports and theatre would be good reasons but do they override the disadvantages of the 200/1.8 or the advantages of the 300/2.8?
i traded my 300 for a 200 years ago and it was a very good decision for me.
i shoot high school events and senior portraits. for portraits, theater, dance, football, basketball, softball, etc. it is an amazing lens. it takes a 1.4x very well. and when you need f1/8 you got it!
if i were to shoot field sports 75% of the time i would have stuck with the 300. i did pick up a 400 years later and the 200 & 400 was/is a great combo.
p.s. some will worry about the 200 f/1.8 breaking without it being able to get fixed. a valid point, well kinda. i once did a FM survey asking who had bought an out of date expensive lens to learn if they got stuck with an expensive door stop in the first two years of ownership. to my surprise no one reported the worse case scenario of buying an expensive door stop. do they break? yep. but if you buy from a reputable seller i wouldn't worry.