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The 70-200mm telephoto zoom is an iconic and practical lens offered in nearly every mount type. They are favored among portrait artists for their ability to provide full length, half length, and headshot framing all in one lens. They are a superb choice for sports and wildlife shooters for their incredible sharpness, adaptability with teleconverters, and extreme portability when compared to many other telephoto lenses.

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    IS vs Non-IS

    Within the family of 70-200mm lenses, there are a couple of paths you can take: image stabilized/non-image stabilized and f/2.8 or f/4. If you are shooting in situations where you might have to use slower shutter speeds than desired, an image stabilized lens might be required – such as when relying on natural lighting in the evening or at indoor events. Image stabilization can be a useful feature when shooting weddings or when on vacation, where lighting conditions are unpredictable. Some mounts only offer image stabilized versions, making the choice easy.

    f/2.8 vs f/4

    For maximum aperture, some mounts offer an f/2.8 version and an f/4 version. The f/4 versions will be smaller and lighter but otherwise offer the same features. They are preferred for when you simply need something more portable. Choosing the f/4 version can save you a little money if you're not going to take advantage of wide apertures anyway. Not all mounts offer an f/4 version, however. The f/2.8 versions provide extremely pleasing subject-to-background separation – ideal for buttery bokeh in portraits of people and animals. All lenses listed below are compatible with full frame and crop frame sensor cameras for their respective mounts.
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