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Archive 2013 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1
  
 
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p.2 #1 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


I don't have any answer for the OP, as I have never used any 300L

Though, I have say that bokeh, IQ, and sharpness were my sole reasons for purchasing my 200/1.8L, I love it!

J.D. wrote:
Now for the 200/1.8. You have to ask yourself why you want this lens at all. Before people say "because of its great sharpness/bokeh/IQ", I would suggest that these are the least important reasons for buying one. At that price, those things should be legendary anyway.




Feb 13, 2013 at 02:56 PM
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p.2 #2 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


PetKal wrote:
My 200 f/1.8 is tight like a Scottsman looking for employment.



Que?



Feb 13, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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p.2 #3 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


PetKal wrote:
My 200 f/1.8 is tight like a Scottsman looking for employment.

bigbluebear wrote:
Que?


Pay him no mind. It's crosstalk from the MDP thread.



Feb 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM
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p.2 #4 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


bigbluebear wrote:
I noticed that these two lenses are about the same price used nowadays. Which one would you prefer and why?

I know this will vary based on your needs but I thought it'd be an interesting discussion on these two awesome primes.


The particular need is a huge deal because once you start using the 200 f2 or f1.8 at f2.8 and above its really hard to justify the price and weight over the excellent 70-200 f2.8L IS II.

The 300 on the other hand is a lens that is versatile and a great option since there is really no zoom that matches or approaches its quality and speed and versatility with converters. The new 200-400mm f4L is an option but its much much more expensive and it is not even available yet plus at f4 it starts getting into the slow lens category. Not ideal for low light or indoor work.

The 300 is great for field sports and any outdoor sport really and the 200 for indoor, court sports, gym and pool sports where light is at a premium. It also works as a people lens in some situations although the 85 or 135 are much better alternatives.

Also, the 135 f2 is a great option for indoor sports. Yes you might have to crop a bit but you save a huge chunk of $ and size/weight.

The 200f2 has the extra capability of IS which is a great asset and something the 200 1.8 lacks.

Honestly I have found very little to justify the 200 f1.8 over the 70-200 f2.8L IS II. With the 200 f2L IS I do get the IS so the choice is tougher but still. I dont make a living at 200 and f2. If I did then I would reach for the 200 f2.0L IS instead of the 1.8.

But, of course, Im talking in practical terms. If you long for the bokeh and look of the 200 1.8 at 1.8 then there is no substitute. Who cares if its worth it or not



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p.2 #5 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


I previously had a 200 1.8 and 400 2.8 II (nonIS) and shot with a 1D3. Those two lenses make a nice combination with the TC1.4 and TC2 in giving you great span of reach from 200-800. The 200 1.8 does a great imitation of a 300 2.8 when paired with a TC1.4. I let the 400 go because I had stopped doing field sports very often.

Recently, I moved to a 5D3, and with the gained ISO performance of the 5D3 over the 1D3, and the lower reach, I made the move from 200 1.8 to 300 2.8 IS I. I am very happy with the move. My 70-200 2.8 IS II is nearly as sharp as the 200 1.8, and the 5D3 makes the results similar relative to ISO. WIth the 300 I get more reach native, and can get to 600 with a TC2, while the 200 would only get to 400 max.

A big factor to me was the lack of serviceability of the 200 1.8. I have very limited funds to spend on photography gear now, so if it died I would not be able to fund a replacement for a very long time. I didn't want to take that risk any longer. While the big whites are built like tanks and very reliable, accidents happen and things do wear out.

I'm very happy with the 5D3 + 300 2.8 IS I vs. the 1D3 + 200 1.8. That said, there are no bad choices among them... just slightly different pros/cons.



Feb 15, 2013 at 04:45 PM
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p.2 #6 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


Sneakyracer wrote:
The particular need is a huge deal because once you start using the 200 f2 or f1.8 at f2.8 and above its really hard to justify the price and weight over the excellent 70-200 f2.8L IS II.

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But, of course, Im talking in practical terms. If you long for the bokeh and look of the 200 1.8 at 1.8 then there is no substitute. Who cares if its worth it or not



Excellent points. It's important to take into consideration the alternatives, particularly the great 70-200 II. However, to a trained eye, the bokeh of the 200mm f/1.8 is noticable and is one of a kind.



Feb 15, 2013 at 07:13 PM
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p.2 #7 · 200mm f/1.8 vs 300mm f/2.8 IS Version 1


convergent wrote:
My 70-200 2.8 IS II is nearly as sharp as the 200 1.8, and the 5D3 makes the results similar relative to ISO. WIth the 300 I get more reach native, and can get to 600 with a TC2, while the 200 would only get to 400 max.

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A big factor to me was the lack of serviceability of the 200 1.8. I have very limited funds to spend on photography gear now, so if it died I would not be able to fund a replacement for a very long time. I didn't want to take that risk any longer.
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Thanks for sharing!



Feb 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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