A&P Im such a noob. Need lens opinions...

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  1. adamlewis88

    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Im going to be getting either a new 300/2.8 or a used 400/2.8.
    Even with one new and the other used, the price significance is large. New 300 is about 38xx and a used 400 is about 6xxx. Im pretty sure I can get a good discount through Canon and their employee purchase program, but assuming I cant, which one do you think I should go for?

    With the 300....
    I can use it for everything including basketball and it can be handheld if I need to. It can also be used for things other than sports. Throw on a 1.4x and its a 420/4 which is close to the 400. If I was shooting outdoors with the 400, Id probably be shooting at /4 anyways if there was enough light. Im sure that the 400@/4 would be sharper than the 300 with a 1.4x though.

    With the 400....
    I can use it for just about everything except indoor sports. The pictures from it are just amazing. Ive never shot with a better lens. Put a 1.4 on it and now Ive got a 560/4! 2x and Im at an 800/5.6! Those are hard numbers to turn down in my book. However, its MUCH more money, Id probably be restricted to just outdoors sports photography or nature stuff (which I dont do..).

    In the end, I just feel like if I bought the 300, Id always think how great it would be to have a 400 and if I bought the 400 Id never wish I bought the 300 but I may have wished I spent less money :hs:

    So, if money was a factor, which would you go for?
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Nobody eh?

    Maybe I should just get an 18-200 amirite? :hsugh:
     
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    Sounds to me like you're trying to convince yourself for the 400.

    I think the 300 is probably more useful in more situations.

    Question is, how much will that missed reach bug you and/or impact your shots. If you're not shooting for (much) money, I'd get the 300.

    maybe Im biased tho, I shoot people so the 300 2.8 might be useful for me.
    400...not as much.
     
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    Don't you get to borrow a 400 from the school anyway? Buy the 300 and just use theirs when you need it. Or am I oversimplifying the 'borrowing' process?
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    don't you shoot mostly indoor sports?

    Why would you buy a lens that doesn't work for indoor sports?
     
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    Gerbonium OT Supporter

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    u can always get the 300 and then get a teleconverter :dunno:
     
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    used 300 older non IS model? most are < 2500
     
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    or spend some bucks and go 200 f/2 ( or 1.8) = 280 f/2.8 = 400 f/4 = 680 f/5.6
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    for your work i would get 300... unless you really need teh 400....

    i personally am saving up for 120-300 2.8 with 1.4 converter... But im more for celeb spy shots. non paparazzi
     
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    Jhegro wtf is a jhegro?

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    excatly what i want. but they seem to be pretty hard to find on the used market
     
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    Im not going to always be with them and if Im doing a job for someone else, theyre not too happy about letting me use their equipment to do it. I can use their 400 pretty much any time I want for school events but getting it for things other than that are a little tricky.
     
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    I wish I was in a position that I was debating on purchasing a 6K lens. Holy crap

    i would go with the 400 tho cause if you dont like it, you can sell it for more of your money back being that it was bought used as opposed to new 300/2.8
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Honestly no. Basketball and Volleyball are indoors. Sometimes we get a swim meet. Most sports are all outdoors though. Football/Baseball/Softball/Track/Tennis/Soccer/Lacrosse...

    However, the 300 would work well for indoor things while the 400 probably wouldnt.

    I think Im leaning towards the 300. When I start making serious money, I may sell it and get the 400, but until then, I think a 300 and a couple TC's will work well.
     
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    With the experiences Ive personally had, they dont focus as consistently and are slower. They also arent serviced by Canon IIRC.
     
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    Yeah...
    I really like, actually I probably LOVE, the 400 but thats just a LOT of money. I can get the 300 new for around ~3300 while a cheap used 400 is still in the 5500 range. If I dont like the 300, I can always probably turn around and sell it and break even or turn a small profit and save up more for a 400.
     
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    the only thing not to like about the 300 is the range, if you need 400 and 2.8 then get it, if you can get by with 400 f/4, then the 300 is the clear winner. More versatile, lighter, cheaper, and canon's baby
     
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    nah, get on the bandwagon and get the 24-70 f/2.8 L because it is the best lens ever made!
     
  18. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I heart the 300 and it rarely leaves my spare body. Beyond 300 is very niche IMO.
     

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