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Gear Goal #1

Written on May 24, 2009 by CincauHangus

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It’s a week before June and I’m proud to say, I can afford a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L!

But should I find more cash and get a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS or spend it on a monopod to support the Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L without IS?

UPDATE: After asking a few pros and responses to this post, I’ve decided to go for the Canon EF 70-200mm F4 IS. Unfortunately there isn’t one on the 2nd hand market at the moment. *sigh* So, I’ll have to wait till one pops up, or try to get one from China or buy a new one which costs RM4685 from Shashinki. :(

No one sells a good lens, except if it’s been damaged or they are crossing over. Hopefully by end of June I don’t have to buy a new one. :)

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  • Comment by Cavin:

    If u get the Non-IS, then no point of getting it at all, coz i’m very sure ur hands will get tired after awhile. no point getting a monopod. i have one but no chance to use it, hence always borrow ppl instead. unless u cover alot of motorsports, then it’s wise to have 1 monopod at least.

    May 26, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    What about the f4 IS? it’s about the same price with the f2.8 without IS. It will be slower by 2/3 stops no doubt, but would it do the job or it’s better i dig for more cash for the f2.8 IS?

    May 26, 2009 @ 4:01 pm
  • Comment by Chong:

    As Cavin said, I rather go for IS version.

    I’ve seen that F4 IS is tact sharper than F2.8 (with/out IS).

    May 26, 2009 @ 11:27 pm
  • Comment by Cavin:

    I’d suggest u to get the f4 IS instead of f2.8 non-IS. f4 is a newer lens compared with f2.8, but amazingly sharp as well. f4 requires no monopod, so u can save a bit there.

    May 27, 2009 @ 9:42 am
  • Comment by Wingz:

    Definitely IS … its a long terms investment and i think it is worth the extra $ u gotta fork out. Whether its 2.8 or 4, i think that pretty much depends on what you shoot rite? If u do lotsa indoor events i think the 2.8 would help alot and the 4 …. that one is great for outdoor no doubt.

    May 27, 2009 @ 11:53 am
  • Comment by ali:

    of course f4 sharper lah! if I down my f2.8 to f4 sure same sharpness. unless u shooting with slow shutterspeed then the f4is sure kick my ass. :P

    May 27, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    Guys thanks for the responses.

    I’ve decided to go for the 70-200 F4 IS like everyone suggested. UNFORTUNATELY, no one is selling one at the moment.. :( and for a new unit it costs RM4,685.00 (on shashinki)


    May 27, 2009 @ 11:36 pm
  • Comment by Cavin:

    so the treasure hunt begins …. :D

    May 29, 2009 @ 11:43 am
  • Comment by CincauHangus:

    Cavin: i got in touch with my cousin in China, she said she may be able to get a unit back for me. haha.

    May 29, 2009 @ 4:07 pm
  • Comment by Cavin:

    buy Kanon from China ?

    June 1, 2009 @ 9:54 am
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