When I first bought my digital SLR (Canon 400D), I asked the guys I worked with at camera house which lenses I should get with it. Both of them mentioned the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS, at that time all I saw was:
– 70-200mm –> $2k
– 55-250mm –> $450
Like everyone else in my situation at the time, I seriously questioned why anybody would pay so much more for a less versatile lens. Keep in mind the max apertures meant nothing to me back then.
Over time, however, I realised just how valuable the 70-200mm f2.8L IS came to be after various shoots/events. Here are a few reasons why you would buy one:
– It looks cool, it’s grey, has a red ring, and a massive hood
– It’s sharp, sharper than your favourite steak knife
– Quiet and accurate focusing, unlike those older Tamron lenses that sounds like R2D2 with a spastic colon
– Finally … f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8!
Need I continue?
On the other hand, here are a few of the reasons that put people off from buying this lens:
– Size, weighs in at approx 1.6kg which puts it in the light heavyweight division of lenses
– $$$ the MkII version will range from $2300-$3300 in price (AUD)
– In case I forgot … SIZE
Here’s the thing about this lens, it won’t be one that you use all the time. In fact, it might spend 80% of the time in a dry cabinet in your home. Right now you may be thinking “why would I drop $2500 on a lens that I won’t use 80% of the time?” You have a point, to an extent. I brought this lens with me on an overseas trip and I NEVER used it. BUT, here’s one of the many reasons to use this lens. In these situations, there is no substitute to having a 70-200 f2.8L.
Reason #1 to have this lens: Indoor sports photography! Sharp, fast focusing, and the f2.8 gives you fast enough shutter speeds for indoor sports . If you’ve ever tried to get these photos in a basketball stadium with a non f2.8 lens, you’ll know what I mean.
Stay tuned for reason #2