LOG IN    OR   REGISTER TO FORUMS


Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

FORUMS Sample Photo Archives Lens Sample Photo Archive
Thread started 11 Mar 2006 (Saturday) 10:28   
LIST NEARBY THREADS
 
vjack
Goldmember
vjack's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
1,602 posts
Mississippi, USA
[MORE/SHARE]

It dawned on me that it might be a good idea for those of us researching particular lenses to provide links to some of the useful information we've found. Here are links to some excellent review information for those considering this lens:

http://www.photozone.d​e ...non_70300_456is/ind​ex.htmexternal link
http://www.pbase.com/f​stopjojo/70300isexternal link
http://www.fredmiranda​.com ...=294&sort=7&cat=27&​page=2external link
http://www.photo.net ...anon/70-300is/review.htmlexternal link
http://www.the-digital-picture.com ...6-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspxexternal link

I had almost decided on the 70-200 f/4, but I must admit that I'm now having second thoughts and wondering if the 70-300 IS would be a smarter buy.

Post #1, Mar 11, 2006 10:28:47



Canon 20D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6
L IS
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Manfrotto 3021BPRO; Kirk BH-1 ballhead
Canon Pixma 4200
< see my galleryexternal link >

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
Lightstream
Yoda
Joined Feb 2006
14,915 posts
Cult of the Full Frame
[MORE/SHARE]

These are the photos that conclusively prove to me that it's not the hardware, it's the operator: http://www.pbase.com ...le/mn_wildlife_conn​ectionexternal link

I am absolutely blown away by what he's managed to achieve with it, which will probably be more than I ever do with mine!

Post #2, Mar 12, 2006 00:01:12




LOG IN TO REPLY
Tess320
Senior Member
Tess320's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
822 posts
Melbourne, Australia
[MORE/SHARE]

Well for interest sake, I took the following image (100% crop) handheld at 1/60 at 300mm. Normally shots are useable for me way before this point.

IMAGE NOT FOUND IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
http://i.pbase.com ...617733/1/57138633.1​00.jpgexternal link
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO


And the 25% crop showing the image is perfectly useable, and I could have gotten it down to around 1/30 and still been able to use it...at 300mm!

IMAGE NOT FOUND IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
http://i.pbase.com .../1/57138629.25perce​nt.jpgexternal link
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

Post #3, Mar 12, 2006 06:17:27 as a reply to Lightstream's post 6 hours earlier.


http://www.animusphoto​graphy.comexternal link
Canon EOS 50d
Canon 70-200 F4 L
Canon 100-400 L

LOG IN TO REPLY
vjack
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
vjack's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
1,602 posts
Mississippi, USA
[MORE/SHARE]

None of the review links I posted mentions problems with the optics of this lens. It appears that the primary issues are poor build quality, zoom creep, the rotating front element, and the portrait issue (which seems to be an issue for some copies but not others).

Post #4, Mar 12, 2006 06:49:03



Canon 20D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6
L IS
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Manfrotto 3021BPRO; Kirk BH-1 ballhead
Canon Pixma 4200
< see my galleryexternal link >

LOG IN TO REPLY
Tess320
Senior Member
Tess320's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
822 posts
Melbourne, Australia
[MORE/SHARE]

I was surprised the build quality was inferrior to the 28-135mm. I would go for another lens if it was very important to someone. It doesn't matter to me so doesn't effect me.

Post #5, Mar 12, 2006 17:23:14


http://www.animusphoto​graphy.comexternal link
Canon EOS 50d
Canon 70-200 F4 L
Canon 100-400 L

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
YARRO
Senior Member
YARRO's Avatar
Joined Feb 2006
201 posts
Assen, The Netherlands
[MORE/SHARE]

I'm happy with the lens. Optics are very very good, given the price. No portrait issue with my copy.
However, zoom creep is annoying and some dampening on the focal length ring would have been nice. Apart from that, there's nothing wrong with the build quality. It's not L, but good enough.

Post #6, Mar 12, 2006 17:37:13


Canon 50D + Grip, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM, Tamron AF17-50MM F/2.8, Canon Speedlite 430 EX + Lumiquest Big Bounce, Gitzo G1564L Monopod + Manfrotto 468 MG RC-0 hydro ballhead, Canon RC RS-80N3, Lowepro Slingshot 200AW.

LOG IN TO REPLY
vjack
THREAD ­ STARTER
Goldmember
vjack's Avatar
Joined Jul 2005
1,602 posts
Mississippi, USA
[MORE/SHARE]

Tess320 wrote:
I was surprised the build quality was inferrior to the 28-135mm. I would go for another lens if it was very important to someone. It doesn't matter to me so doesn't effect me.

A couple of those reviewing the lens on Fred Miranda mentioned that the build quality was among the worst they've seen from Canon. The 28-135 and a couple other consumer-grade lenses were mentioned, so it seems that you are not alone in your opinion.

Post #7, Mar 13, 2006 06:03:20 as a reply to Tess320's post 12 hours earlier.



Canon 20D
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6
L IS
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Manfrotto 3021BPRO; Kirk BH-1 ballhead
Canon Pixma 4200
< see my galleryexternal link >

LOG IN TO REPLY
Jack ­ W.
Senior Member
Joined Jun 2003
841 posts
[MORE/SHARE]

Bought two of these, one for me and one for my wife.
We're both thrilled with the shots from this lens.
Build quality is just fine; not "L" quality of course, but fine nonetheless.
Jack

Post #8, Mar 13, 2006 07:49:50 as a reply to vjack's post 1 hour earlier.


20D, 30D, 500f/4L IS, 300f/4L IS, 300f/2.8L IS, Canon 1.4TC, Canon 2xTC, 70-300IS, 17-85IS, EFS 10-22, Sigma 150 Macro, 3021PRO, RRS BH-40LR, Gitzo 1325, full Wimberley Head v2, Wimberley Sidekick, and a bunch of other stuff. :-)

LOG IN TO REPLY
bryan ­ k
Senior Member
bryan k's Avatar
Joined Nov 2005
406 posts
Holmdel, New Jersey
[MORE/SHARE]

Dolphin in Tahiti

HOSTED PHOTO
please log in to view hosted photos.

Post #9, Oct 05, 2006 20:34:11 as a reply to Jack W.'s post 6 months earlier.


My Gear
G11 / 20D / 40D / 5D MK II
10-22 / 17-55 f/2.8 IS / 50 f/1.4 / 85 f/1.8 / MP-E 65 f2.8 Macro
16-35 f/2.8 L II / 24-70 f/2.8 L / 70-200 f2.8 L
35 f/1.4 L / 100 f/2.8 L / 135 f/2 L / 300 f/4 L
550EX / 580 EX II

LOG IN TO REPLY
gbpro1
Senior Member
Joined Jul 2005
110 posts
[MORE/SHARE]

There is hardly any pictures on here.. I just wanted to share. I love this lens.. Here is a few examples

http://photography-on-the.net ...entid=147453&d=1171​512750

http://photography-on-the.net ...151224&stc=1&d=1172​722861

Post #10, Feb 28, 2007 22:29:03 as a reply to bryan k's post 4 months earlier.


Canon xti 400D W/ BG-E3 grip / 18-55 kit
Canon 70-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS.. Canon 60mm f2.8 Macro
Canon 580EX flash... Dynatran Carbon Fiber Tripod
Canon Pro 9000 printer

LOG IN TO REPLY
Zohar
Senior Member
Joined Jan 2007
123 posts
California, CA
[MORE/SHARE]

Can't view the second image but the first one is great, love the sharpness and perspective, good job.

Post #11, Feb 28, 2007 22:42:49


(¯`·._.·My Gallery·._.·´¯)external link
Brand New 350D and 18-55mm lens :)

LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as registered member)
aero145
Senior Member
aero145's Avatar
Joined May 2006
909 posts
Germany
[MORE/SHARE]

Lightstream wrote in post #1278577external link
These are the photos that conclusively prove to me that it's not the hardware, it's the operator: http://www.pbase.com ...le/mn_wildlife_conn​ectionexternal link

I am absolutely blown away by what he's managed to achieve with it, which will probably be more than I ever do with mine!

It's the operator, yes, but it the image quality also gets better with some sharpening and resizing. ;) I don't like the bokeh.

I wasn't happy with mine... I don't want to use this lens again ever. Maybe I'm too L-addicted?

Post #12, Mar 01, 2007 07:17:08


EOS 5D Mark II | EF24-105 f/4L IS | EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS | EF200 f/2.8L II | 580EX | Manfrotto 055xProB + 808RC4, and 679B
Le Gear List

LOG IN TO REPLY
purelithium
Blithering Idiot
purelithium's Avatar
Joined Dec 2006
1,108 posts
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
[MORE/SHARE]

Lightstream wrote in post #1278577external link
These are the photos that conclusively prove to me that it's not the hardware, it's the operator: http://www.pbase.com ...le/mn_wildlife_conn​ectionexternal link

I am absolutely blown away by what he's managed to achieve with it, which will probably be more than I ever do with mine!

Most of the outstanding shots in that gallery are taken at f/8, where almost any lens will shine. It IS all about the operator, but it's not that hard to get great, sharp shots from a lens if you stop it down a bit...

Check out the "Lynx on the lookout" shot, examine it, and then look at the one beside it "Lynx #4" you can visibly notice better image quality in the Lynx #4 image. The Lookout is softer, less defined. But once he stopped it down to f/8, the fur is more defined and pleasing to look at.

Post #13, Mar 01, 2007 08:49:18


R.M. Gelan Hopkins
5D|Voigtlander 20 3.5|EF 50mm 1.8 Mk I|430EX
third element photographyexternal link | Gear

LOG IN TO REPLY
Double ­ Negative
*sniffles*
Double Negative's Avatar
Joined Mar 2006
10,516 posts
New York, USA
[MORE/SHARE]

This lens seems to be a pretty good alternative to the 70-200mm f/4. What would bother me is the fact that it's parafocal (you have to re-focus after zooming) and that the front element rotates (bad for CPL use). The IS is a plus... But with the new 70-200mm f/4L IS lens out there's another option.

If you have the money, I'd go for the 70-200mm f/4L IS. You'll never regret it.

If you want to travel with the lens, I'd also suggest looking at the DO version - though this lens is not without controversy, either.

If you know the downsides going in, it's not a bad lens. Those wolf/cougar shots are ample proof that this lens can deliver.

Post #14, Mar 01, 2007 10:23:38


La Vida Leica!external linkLitPixel Galleriesexternal link -- 1v-HS/1d Mk IIn w/E-1 & Op/Tech straps
15mm f/2.8, 14mm f/2.8L, 24mm f/1.4L II, 35mm f/1.4L, 50mm f/1.2L, 85mm f/1.2L II, 135mm f/2.0L
16-35mm f/2.8L, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, Extender EF 1.4x II & 2x II

LOG IN TO REPLY
iplayazi
Senior Member
iplayazi's Avatar
Joined Oct 2006
531 posts
Calgary Alberta
[MORE/SHARE]

I really enjoy using this lens and can produce some fantastic shots. I am glad I went with this lens.

First shot taken with this lens on the day I bought it.

IMAGE NOT FOUND IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
http://www.pbase.com ...age/75324757/origin​al.jpgexternal link
HTTP response: NOT FOUND | MIME changed to 'image/gif'


IMAGE NOT FOUND IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
http://www.pbase.com ...age/75324747/origin​al.jpgexternal link
HTTP response: NOT FOUND | MIME changed to 'image/gif'

Post #15, Mar 07, 2007 10:52:54


Todd Kwiczak
Canon Gear
www.tkshotz.comexternal link

LOG IN TO REPLY


LIST NEARBY THREADS
489,124 views & 0 likes for this thread
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
FORUMS Sample Photo Archives Lens Sample Photo Archive



NOT A MEMBER YET? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO FORUMS

CHANGE BODY TEXT SIZE FOR ALL THREAD PAGES
POWERED BY AMASS 1.0version 1.0
made in Finland
by Pekka Saarinen
for photography-on-the.net


SEND FEEDBACK TO STAFF  |  JUMP TO FORUM...  |  FORUM RULES


Spent 0.00107 for 4 database queries.
PAGE COMPLETED IN 0.02s
1010 guests, 807 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 3341, that happened on Dec 11, 2014
Latest registered member is Demax

COOKIES DISCLAIMER: By using this site you agree that some cookies will be stored on your browser. For unlogged users we store one session id cookie. For registered members we store (in addition to login session cookie) only cookies that are essential for required functionality, we do not store any personal tracking data in cookies or other browser's data storage methods.