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Nov 25, 2011 05:21 |  #1

Hey all,

I was checking out my craigslist recently and I noticed this lens for sale. I did a quick search on the forums for some info on it, but it seemed like all I could pull up was stuff on the 100-400, the Siggy 100-300, or primes of 100 or 300mm. I've done some reading on it from an older site.

Does anyone have some info on this lens? Say, is it worth plopping down $800 for it? I'm very interested technically in it. It's supposed to be in great condition, and it reminds me of my old 70-210 that I first used in photography. It came out the year USM was introduced, but it still uses the older AF system.

I don't like my lenses collecting dust and unused, but I could see myself using this (not like I was planning on getting a 100-400 anytime soon).

Does anyone have some sample shots to share? It's still supposed to be optically excellent (though likely antiquated by today's standards).

EDIT: I found the thread in the samples archive, but half were L, the other half weren't. I'll keep looking through it. but if anyone has any info, I'm all ears!

Even if I don't buy it, I might call the guy up to check it out :P.

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Nov 25, 2011 19:56 |  #2

There's a few going around on Flebay for £250 and I'm fairly tempted (as I've just sold my telephoto lens) But I'm am looking at the 80-200mm f/2.8L though as my basic ranges would be properly covered...hmm


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Nov 25, 2011 20:04 |  #3

$800? no way...they sell for like 300-something on ebay all the time

i don't see it offering you anything over your 70-200L...just upgrade that to the IS version, or add a TC if you're craving a bit more reach...


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Nov 25, 2011 21:12 |  #4

This is a very old lens, although optically solid, the ancient mechanical and AF designs and the small aperture make it very much undesirable in today's world. I would not pay more than $300 for it.

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Nov 25, 2011 22:28 |  #5

Photozone reviewed the EF 100-300mm f/5.6 L here:
http://www.photozone.d​e …f56-l-test-report--review (external link)

I have one and it is excellent optically. It is very clear and sharp. Zooming is very fast with the push-pull. The only downside is the autofocus is a somewhat slow and noisy. It works fine but isn't as fast as a modern lens. There is a focal range limiter switch to help it be faster when you don't need the whole range.


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Nov 26, 2011 00:16 |  #6

d8w wrote in post #13448765 (external link)
Hey all,

I was checking out my craigslist recently and I noticed this lens for sale. I did a quick search on the forums for some info on it, but it seemed like all I could pull up was stuff on the 100-400, the Siggy 100-300, or primes of 100 or 300mm. I've done some reading on it from an older site.

Does anyone have some info on this lens? Say, is it worth plopping down $800 for it? I'm very interested technically in it. It's supposed to be in great condition, and it reminds me of my old 70-210 that I first used in photography. It came out the year USM was introduced, but it still uses the older AF system.

I don't like my lenses collecting dust and unused, but I could see myself using this (not like I was planning on getting a 100-400 anytime soon).

Does anyone have some sample shots to share? It's still supposed to be optically excellent (though likely antiquated by today's standards).

EDIT: I found the thread in the samples archive, but half were L, the other half weren't. I'll keep looking through it. but if anyone has any info, I'm all ears!

Even if I don't buy it, I might call the guy up to check it out :P.

Thanks!

whoa! $800 is a crazy price for it. They were like that back when released and when nothing else existed other than utterly horrendous 70-300 and 100-300s.

It is constant f/5.6 and has no IS. The AF is also VERY noisy and quite slow. Not USM. It has regular non-L build.

That said it was the first L I ever bought. Used. In 2005 I think. For $285 or 295! They usually go for around $300.

As for optics, it has MTF charts extremely similar to those from the 100-400L. It uses a fluorite element. Until the new 70-300L and Tamron 70-300 VC it had been pretty much the only 70/100-300 type variable aperture zoom that maintained nice overall over large scale contrast and color at the long end. It really did have pretty solid contrast at 300m. Noticeably better than the 70-300 IS non-L. I'm not sure it was any sharper in terms of detail resolved, maybe even a hair less than that one but it definitely had a lot better large scale contrast and didn't wash out. Lack of 70-100mm, lack of IS and even slower and noisier AF than the 70-300 IS non-L were downsides though. It was a tricky call but in the end I eventually sold it off and got the 70-300 IS non-L. Sometimes I did miss the better contrast above 250mm, but everything else about it was the same or worse. It did have that L contrast even at 300mm.

The new Tamron adds 70-99mm and IS and USM though and this one actually maintains reasonable contrast to 300mm. SOmetimes it can get a bit haze with glare shining off bright leaves and stuff though that the L never did and I think the Tamron has more longitudinal CA (the sort that makes purple fringing).

The new 70-300L does everything better than the old 100-300L.

At $800 that is just nuts, at $300 it might still be worth a consideration, depending.

At the moment I barely have anything online from it, just these two (not 100% crops):

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Nov 26, 2011 00:23 as a reply to  @ wombatHorror's post |  #7

actually I think these were probably from it too:

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Nov 26, 2011 00:29 |  #8

macroimage wrote in post #13451982 (external link)
Photozone reviewed the EF 100-300mm f/5.6 L here:
http://www.photozone.d​e …f56-l-test-report--review (external link)

I have one and it is excellent optically. It is very clear and sharp. Zooming is very fast with the push-pull. The only downside is the autofocus is a somewhat slow and noisy. It works fine but isn't as fast as a modern lens. There is a focal range limiter switch to help it be faster when you don't need the whole range.

yeah I see they say about the same as I did:
"The EF 70-300mm IS can match [or more, if you look the #s, I will add]the sharpness of the L zoom at all focal length. However, the L zoom can still produce more snappy (more contrasty) results at 300mm."

I also found that it had noticeably less CA at 300mm than the IS.




  
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Nov 26, 2011 00:45 |  #9

I had one 3yrs ago ,took nice photos, contrast and colours were great, very slow autofocus and F5.6
was a little limiting I wanted to use it for motorsports but it was too slow and I missed too many good shots. Build quality is nothing like later model L or USM Canon lenses.It is the same body as the EF100-300 non L version. And as others have said $800 is way way off .


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Nov 26, 2011 04:02 |  #10

I find it quite a bit sharper and better contrast than the 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM non-L. It is far better optically than the EF 100-300mm f/5.6 non-L or the EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM. Here is a duck shot at 290mm on my Rebel XTi at 1/400s f/7.1 ISO 200. I should have stopped down further as the duck was a little out of focus because the duck had moved after focusing. More depth of field would also have gotten the tail in focus. The tree swallow was wide open at 300mm 1/1000s f/5.6 ISO 400 on my Rebel XT.


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Nov 26, 2011 07:09 |  #11

For all intents and purposes, this lens really was the predecessor to the 100-400 IS L lens.

When I started out with the EOS system in the 90s, my first telephoto lens was the original 75-300 IS lens (the first EF lens equipped with IS), but was not satisfied with its results so I started looking for an alternative/upgrade. Then I realized that Canon basically stretched out the range, added IS and USM, and enlarged the aperture at the short end of the zoom range to make this the 100-400 lens -- to be sure, this was quite a significant change, but the push-pull zoom was a give-away.

Anyway, that would be a digression; point it, although as I said this lens is optically very capable, its ancient AF-D focus motor, lack of IS, limited range and small aperture are a handful of limiting factors.


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Nov 26, 2011 10:12 |  #12

FYI there is one in the sale forum here....asking $350, obo...doesn't seem like it has any interest...


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Nov 26, 2011 13:01 |  #13

Is it really worth £250 though (UK Flebay price) as i can't afford anytgibg at the moment lol


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Nov 26, 2011 13:09 |  #14

if you can't afford much, and you're on a crop get the 55-250IS...


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Nov 26, 2011 13:17 |  #15

Tried the 55-250 out a while ago and never really liked it lol I'm fussy


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