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Canon 70-300 DO IS USM vs. Canon 70-300L IS

 
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Dec 25, 2011 21:19 |  #1

Very new to these two lenses. Will get one of them but really don't know which way to go. Supposedly nothing is better than the "L" glass, yet some ads tout the DO as rivaling the L IQ. I know the DO is smaller but the weight is not a determining factor between the two. Thanks in advance for any advice, experience.




  
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Dec 25, 2011 23:15 |  #2

I used the 70-300mm DO one time and was not impressed with its image quality compared with its price...


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Dec 25, 2011 23:25 |  #3

Have you considered the normal 70-300 IS? I owned that lens for some time and was quite impressed with it considering the cost. I've heard from more than one person that the L version isn't much different when it comes to IQ, mostly that it has a better build quality.

As far as the 70-300 DO goes I've read things about that lens for years and none have been good.

Another option if you want the better build quality would be the 70-200L with the 1.4x TC. I've used this combo frequently with both versions of the f/4 lens and the IQ is great. With the TC you get 98-280mm.


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Dec 25, 2011 23:28 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #4

Supposedly nothing is better than the "L" glass, yet some ads tout the DO as rivaling the L IQ.

Really? Never heard that before.

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Dec 25, 2011 23:31 as a reply to  @ jjcharity's post |  #5

I've heard from more than one person that the L version isn't much different when it comes to IQ, mostly that it has a better build quality.

I own the 70-300 L and have owned the 70-300IS. The L is vastly superior in IQ to the non L.

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Dec 25, 2011 23:37 |  #6

jjcharity wrote in post #13598995 (external link)
I own the 70-300 L and have owned the 70-300IS. The L is vastly superior in IQ to the non L.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=4​&APIComp=0 (external link)

Do you have anything other than focus charts to support this claim? I've seen real world comparisons and didn't see much difference.


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Dec 25, 2011 23:41 |  #7

K6AZ wrote in post #13599016 (external link)
Do you have anything other than focus charts to support this claim? I've seen real world comparisons and didn't see much difference.

Just stating my opinion having owned both.
Believe whatever you like it's your right.
I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything.
Again just stating my opinion. YMMV




  
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Dec 25, 2011 23:51 |  #8

ontonagondave wrote in post #13598580 (external link)
Very new to these two lenses. Will get one of them but really don't know which way to go. Supposedly nothing is better than the "L" glass, yet some ads tout the DO as rivaling the L IQ. I know the DO is smaller but the weight is not a determining factor between the two. Thanks in advance for any advice, experience.

If size is not a factor there is really no reason to get the DO version.




  
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Dec 26, 2011 08:43 |  #9

Here are a few with the 70-300L,using a 60d.

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I havent used the 70-300Do, so no samples.

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Dec 26, 2011 09:17 |  #10

Thanks everyone, greatly appreciated input. Going with the "L".




  
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Dec 26, 2011 09:35 |  #11

ontonagondave wrote in post #13600030 (external link)
Thanks everyone, greatly appreciated input. Going with the "L".

Just curious, if you're going to spend that much why not a few extra dollars and get the 100-400? Right now I think the difference is less than $100 and you may want to read one of the many reveiws out there comparing the two.


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Dec 26, 2011 10:36 |  #12

You made the right choice. The only advantage of the DO lens is size/weight. It certainly does not have the IQ of the L, and it's a fair bit slower. the-digital-picture.com compares all the 70-300 options and shows you where the transitions are in the variable aperture; where the 70-300L can shoot 100mm@f/4, the DO lens will be at f/5.

100-400 is a great deal right now. It's a tough call 70-300 vs 100-400, because the 70 to 100mm range is seriously useful. I personally wouldn't have gone 100-400 even if it were cheaper than the 70-300.


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