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Cannon 70-200 2.8 IS USM Lens
John Fisher, Photographer
Burlington | WI | United States | Posted: 6:39 PM on 12.28.12
->> I own the old version and have noticed that the new version is on sale with a discount of 400 dollars. My question is for those that have used both lenses is there a big difference with the new version as advertised? In the areas of speed/focus and clarity. I mainly use it for college basketball, football, and mlb baseball. Thanks
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Keith Simonian, Photographer
Martinez | CA | USA | Posted: 8:11 PM on 12.28.12
->> John,
I've found the lens works quite well with the latest Canon cameras and tele converters. This photo was made with the Canon 5D mark 3, and version 3 of the 1.4 tele converter.

http://goo.gl/ovmDY

Image Details - ISO 640, f5.0 ( f3.5 + 1 stop for tele converter ) 1/1600 of a second ( at 200 mm which becomes 280mm with converter )

Top image is full frame, 2nd image is 100% crop no sharpening, 3rd image had smart sharpen in PS.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 8:18 PM on 12.28.12
->> the newer canon lens doesn't need sharpening in PS. that is if you have the photo in focus to begin with.......
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Mark Sutton, Photographer
Herndon | VA | USA | Posted: 8:30 PM on 12.28.12
->> Before I purchased the newer version I rented it and tried it at a basketball tournament. I used the old one during the first half and the new one during the second half.

Maybe it was me or I just wanted the new version badly, but the second day of the tournament I left the old version in the pressroom as a backup. It was that much of a difference.

I purchased the newer version with the funds I made from the tournament a few weeks later and haven't looked back.
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Pete Surrette, Photographer
Woodinville | WA | USA | Posted: 10:00 PM on 12.28.12
->> Simple answer to your question:YES! It is as advertised. Quicker to focus and as Chuck said it is sharp. I am Very happy that I made the switch.
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Tareq Abdulla, Photographer
Aljurf | Ajman | United Arab Emirates | Posted: 7:25 AM on 12.29.12
->> I still have the old version and bought the new one almost nearly 2 months ago [purchased on 4th November], to my eyes, it is a lot better or sharper, but i may be wrong because my old version i never send it for service, it may come back much better with focus and quality, but as long i bought the new i will never think about the old one, and my friend who borrow this lens to offer it for rent and helping me with fund is looking for buying it from me with reasonable price, i will not think twice, gave it to him and waiting him to pay me sooner or later when he get the budget.
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Thread Title: Cannon 70-200 2.8 IS USM Lens
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