A&P Canon lens: 70-200 f4 L vs. 70-300 f4-5.6 IS

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by lathrash, Nov 16, 2006.

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which lens?

  1. 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS

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  2. 70-200mm F/4.0 L

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  1. lathrash

    lathrash New Member

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    which should i buy. it will be my only zoom lens.

    i've been to a couple local photo shops and they recommend the L lens. does anyone here have both? i consider myself a novice photographer if that makes a difference. i like to go to car races and shoot so i will use it for a decent amount of action shooting.

    does IS help that much? will i miss the extra zoom if i get the L lens?
     
  2. Tedrzz

    Tedrzz New Member

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    You might miss the extra zoom, but will DEFINATLY miss the image quality the f4 L kicks out vs the 70-300.
     
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    brasheye Rotary Crew

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    F4L is awesome, never comes off my 30D unless it's absolutely vital to getting a shot.
     
  4. mojito

    mojito New Member

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    70-300 is dog shit. I've owned it.

    70-200 is one of the best zooms available, period.

    theres no question. a 1.4x converter can be used to get to 300 and still have better quality
     
  5. SLIGHTLY

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    70-200 f4 = very sharp
     
  6. saebryan

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    :werd: 70-200 F4 is an AMAZING value. I've seen some amazing shots with that lens. The 70-300 just doesnt stack up to the image quality of the L glass.
     
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    quickmex New Member

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    the extra 100mm is not enough of a jump to justify more zoom over image quality. go to a ritz and try both out if you aren't sure.
     
  10. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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  11. lathrash

    lathrash New Member

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    thanks for the replies. 70-200L it is. i read both reviews btw. thanks for those.

    now i just gotta buy it. any real advantage buying new over used? because i was planning on looking to buy it used.
     
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    I had this debate when I was looking for a zoom lense....I went with the 70-200L definatly a big difference on quality of optics
     
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    70-200 2.8L IS FTW, but the F4 is great as well if you dont need the wider arperture.

    IS mode 2 helps alot with stuff like racing, when you are panning the subject.

    This question is a no-brainer though... Get the L glass.
     
  14. elmie

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    70-200 F4 hands down. Only problem is that you will always find yourself wanting a better lens. Thats why I know have the 70-200 2.8 IS
     
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    I made this exact decision a couple years ago...and went with the 70-200. I've shot with both and the 75-300 is complete and total junk next to it.

    :rofl:

    Aside from better build, quicker focusing and being significantly sharper (especially wide open), I've literally signed gigs ONLY because the white lens on the body is impressive looking. It's a stupid reason but it does give you some degree of clout. Get the L.

    *edit*
    -> [​IMG] <-
     
  16. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    5.6 is a bit slow on the longer focal length @ 300mm. It's fine for daylight use but when it starts to get darker, forgeddaboutit

    If you can swing it, go with the 70 200 2.8 non IS for $900-1000 used, $1100 after rebates (new)
     
  17. lathrash

    lathrash New Member

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    i wish i could do that... but alas i am a poor college student and just shoot as a hobby.
     
  18. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    that's what student loans are for :mamoru:
     
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    70-200 f/2.8L if you can afford it.. i love mine. otherwise get the f/4L version.
     
  20. CornUponCob

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    70-300 is shit

    70-300 IS however is a pretty good lens.

    The output of the 70-200 is better (color, contrast, and a little sharper) than that of the 70-300, and you get a constant F4, however you lose 100mm on the long end and no IS.

    The choice is yours.
     

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