Whether to Get Image Stabilization Or Not With a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens

by Henry

Canon 70-200 F/4.0 vs F/2.8 Size Comparison

Canon 70-200 F/4.0 vs F/2.8 Size Comparison

"(Photos taken from boats and IS) Does IS Image Stabilization do anything when you are taking a picture from a moving object of another moving object.

I am looking at 70-200 lens and wondering whether to buy the F2.8 NON-IS lens as my basic understanding is that speed is the most important thing. Your thoughts would be appreciated."

Hi Henry,
Thanks for your questions about which Canon 70-200mm lens to buy. It's a great lens-I have one of the f/2.8 versions and I've used one of the f/4.0 versions.

Let me start by saying that it sounds like an easy question. The answer might be a bit complicated, but I'll do my best. Hmm.....a full length article might have to be written some time, ;-). If you know you're not considering the f/4.0 version, you still have several options for the f/2.8.

the Differences Between the Canon 70-200mm IS II Lens and the Canon 70-200mm IS III Lens

There is very little difference between the two lenses, accept the price tag.The III has "Air Sphere Coating" along with "Super Spectra Coating." That reduces lens flare. The III also added fluorine coating on the front and back outer lens surfaces to help in keeping your 70-200 clean.

What You Need To Know About Image Stabilization

*Image stabilization is for reducing blur from camera movement NOT subject movement.
* Image stabilization should never be used when your camera is mounted on top of a tripod, nor when photographing a moving subject.
*Super fast shutter speeds will eliminate motion blur from BOTH your camera and subject movement and give you sharp images.
*Some newer versions of Canon "L" lenses are only marginally different from the previous versions and cost a lot more.

Don't forget that some of the NON-Canon alternatives are worth considering too. If you get the lens WITH image stabilization you'll spend more money. With it, you get the option of using it or not by simply adjusting the IS setting on the side of your lens. If you get a lens without image stabilization, you'll be losing the ability to use it in those low light situations when you're shooting stationary objects. (landscapes, portraits, wildlife) and slower shutter speeds.

I hope that helps you with choosing between the NON IS Canon 70-200 f/2.8 and the IS version of the lens. Henry, please let me know what you decide. It's a question that many of the Canon Geek website also ask themselves.


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