A&P Looking For Telephoto lens

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  1. DagoRcR

    DagoRcR OT Supporter

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    What do you all think of a Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM in (8+ condition from B&H) for $180?

    I'm looking for a ~100-300 lens
     
  2. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Looks pretty crappy around 200mm and beyond, especially at 300mm. check out this link and you can see how bad it falls off in sharpness on the long end unless you are at F8-F11 and even then it's pretty crappy.

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    Verdict

    In terms of optical performance the Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM is about in line with other consumer grade tele zoom lenses. The resolution figures are excellent and 100mm but unsurprisingly there's a penalty at longer focal length specifically at 300mm @ f/5.6. At 200mm and more so at 300mm you should stop down a little to lift the resolution and contrast level. Distortions and vignetting are usually nothing to worry about whereas CAs are a significant although largely correctable weakness at 200mm and 300mm. On the positive side the tested sample showed a very good center (lens alignment) which is quite rare for a lens in this class. The mechanical quality is a step up from the typical kit zoom - this is most obvious in the IF (internal focusing) design and the very fast ring-type USM drive. Unless you can afford the (substantially better) EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS the EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM is a remains good choice in the sub-300€/US$ tele zoom lens league. Just don't expect any wonders at longer focal lengths.


    http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/canon_100300_4556/index.htm
     
  3. di3soft

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    i have a 70-300 if you want it cheap
     
  4. eof

    eof New Member

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    I would suggest the Sigma 70-300 APO if you want something cheap...they are pretty good.
     
  5. Meat Popsicle

    Meat Popsicle What's that smell? OT Supporter

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    70-300VR or bust.

    I know you have Canon, but I don't care.
     
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    I really wish people would stop quoting photozone
     
  7. DagoRcR

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    I'll probably splurge and go for the 70-200 f/4 L
     
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    I've been eying that up a lot of people over on POTN say its a great lens for the price
     
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    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    best advise i was given when it comes to buying camera gear: buy what you want, not what you can afford. that way when down the line you dont have crappy gear sitting around after you had to go buy better glass and such.
     
  10. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    :dunno: better than a bunch of people giving no insight other than buy something else.
     
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    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    Best financial advice evar. Who cares if you can't afford it, just go and buy it. :mamoru:
     
  12. Hypnos_VI

    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    story of my life...lol
     
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    this man speaks the truth :cool:
     
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    *edit* nevermind I read the post wrong, I thought it said 75-300 :o I don't know anything about the 100-300 :embd:
     

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