A&P 70-300IS?

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  1. mrduke

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    I have an XT with the kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8 right now. I'm still learning so I can't justify replacing the kit lens yet, but I would like to extend my range a bit so I'm looking at the 70-300IS and the 70-200 f/4L. What do you guys think about these two? For around the same price I COULD have L glass but at the same time I get an extra 100mm and IS with the other, so I'm leaning that way. Opinions?
     
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    It is tempting to get an L lens but IS and 100mm extra is pretty hard to turn down. Factor in my amateur status and do I really need the slight quality advantage of the L?
     
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    Slight my asshole.
     
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    I'd get the L. It'll hold its Value better because your going to want the 2.8 IS version eventually.
     
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    im in the same boat, and it looks like im gonna get the cheaper lens with IS.

    I rarely use a tripod, and the IS will make much more a difference then the better quality of the L.
     
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    i'd get the L, even if you have to crop the shots.
     
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    It's the older style of IS though - not the newer.
     
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    70-200. What do you need the range for? voyeur?
     
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    2x extender for the local jailbaits. :naughty:
     
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    That should be an otap assignment :rofl:
     
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    These replies are exactly what I've been debating over, and both are pretty compelling for each lens. I'll probably just buy the L for the coolness factor, I don't know how else to choose at this point :o
     
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    Do it.
     
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    Its not for the coolness factor, you are buying quality.
     
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    but how good is quality if you cant use it?

    We all know its a better lens, no doubt. But your gonna need complete bright sunlight so you can have a fast shutter, or your gonna need a tripod to get the shots at the long end. Or both.

    You will get more leeway with the IS, and odds are your pics will come out better 95% of the time. And you got an extra 100mm on the long end.

    So I guess it depends on how you plan on using it to make your decision.


    and you gotta think of the 1.6 crop factor of the XT, and that makes IS even MORE of a benefit when your at the long end.
     
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    what a load of crap, if you were comparing the 70-200f4 to the 70-200f4is maybe.
     
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    ~$400 vs. ~$480 seems like a no brainer to me. You could always sell it on CL later on and upgrade when your skill improves, right?

    edit: OMG soniccameras has good prices!
     
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    btw if anyone has either of these lenses, I'd like to see what the difference is between 200 and 300mm please
     
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    Here are a few pics I took with my 70-300IS from an XTI.

    This one is at 260MM
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    And I'm sure some of you will like this one. =) It's taken in sport mode at a beach volleyball tournament.
    [​IMG]
     
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    the 70-200 4L is a better lens optically and mechanically. It, plus a 1.4x TC would get you almost the same range and apertures that are at least as fast. You may or may not want the IS version of the f4 or f2.8 later, I can't help you on that. I know plenty who carry the 4L because it's smaller and they don't have any need for the extra stop of the 2.8 which they're happy about because it's bigger & heavier.
     
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    Nice pics and info, big thx! I had no idea the option of renting lenses prior to seeing that 600mm take a dip. With the reasonable rental prices, I guess it's kind of dumb asking these questions :o
     
  25. geekierthanyou

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    I am actually getting ready to pull the trigger on a 70 - 200mm L IS f2.8 myself. I've just found this site here and was going to post a thread asking why it's so cheap and if I missed anything... but since you have a similar thread I'm gunna piggyback my thread onto it. As for your question, I'd say buy the L and then get a 2x extender for ~$150 and have the best of both worlds!
     

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