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| p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 70-200/4 IS and 70-200/2.8 IS II bokeh and AF question |
Several elements go into creating “pleasing” bokeh…aperture and design of the blades…does it keep a round aperture through its’ range…focal length to aperture…distance from subject to background (foreground), type of background, personal taste …to name a few….
This is very true. I own both lens and when I shoot the same item at 200 with F4 at f4 vs 200 2.8 at 2.8, the bokeh/background/OOF area is virtually identical.
When shooting at 70mm, I can see a difference--slight, but noticeable. I can not tell any difference in the AF tracking between these lens. The weight doesn't bother me, as my 1-4 is my most used lens. I bought the 2.8II because I needed the extra speed for my grandson who is now playing hockey.
As to my personal thoughts, my 70-200 are my least used lens in my type of shooting--prior to the hockey. I never sold my 7-200 F4is because it was such a sharp lens. However, after arguing with buddy's who claimed their 2.8II were sharper than the f4( I said BS) I have eaten my words. My 2.8ii is sharper at 2.8 than my f4 at f4 and throughout the range. It is very noticeable. Hence, I think I will be selling the F4--something I said I would never do. YMMV.