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I just bought the 300 IS V I and I'm female, 5'3" and petite. I can hand hold it. My first 70 200 was the 2.8 non IS version and I loved the lens, but I could not hand hold it. To me it would depend on if I wanted to use a monopod or tripod most of the time with the lens. I seriously thought of getting the non IS because I did not think I could handle it. It is terrible heavy, and large, and I can't hold it for hours but I can manage it. Also, just FYI, and other places would service the non IS I am sure, but I did call Canon when I bought mine, and they do still service the Version I. Of course, a really good deal is always hard to pass up, to me, personally, it would be how good, and can I live with packing a monopod all the time with it.