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Mar 11, 2006 10:28 |  #1

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.



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Lightstream
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Mar 12, 2006 00:01 |  #2

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!




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Mar 12, 2006 06:17 as a reply to Lightstream's post |  #3

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.

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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!

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vjack
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Mar 12, 2006 06:49 |  #4

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).



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Mar 12, 2006 17:23 |  #5

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.


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Mar 12, 2006 17:37 |  #6

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.


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Mar 13, 2006 06:03 as a reply to Tess320's post |  #7

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.



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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6
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Canon Speedlite 430EX
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Canon Pixma 4200
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Mar 13, 2006 07:49 as a reply to vjack's post |  #8

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


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Oct 05, 2006 20:34 as a reply to Jack W.'s post |  #9

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Feb 28, 2007 22:29 as a reply to bryan k's post |  #10

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


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Feb 28, 2007 22:42 |  #11

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


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Mar 01, 2007 07:17 |  #12

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?


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Mar 01, 2007 08:49 |  #13

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.


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Mar 01, 2007 10:23 |  #14

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.


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Mar 07, 2007 10:52 |  #15

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.

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