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At what point do you decide you need a 300 f/2.8?

 
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Apr 30, 2012 09:48 |  #16

rick_reno wrote in post #14352752 (external link)
when you wake up and realize life is short, and there is no reason not to own and use one of the best lenses Canon produces.

Good way to put it.


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Apr 30, 2012 10:24 |  #17

bobbyz wrote in post #14352860 (external link)
Good way to put it.

Corollary: If your wife doesn't murder you in your sleep first because you spent too much on yet another lens. ;)


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Apr 30, 2012 12:57 |  #18

Capeachy wrote in post #14353099 (external link)
Corollary: If your wife doesn't murder you in your sleep first because you spent too much on yet another lens. ;)

Atleast with buying a superteles you don't loose money (yet). Wish I could say same about cash in the bank or stocks in my 401k.


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Apr 30, 2012 22:25 |  #19

When you have da cash!


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Apr 30, 2012 22:29 |  #20

Easy - I don't, lol. Not something I would use.


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May 01, 2012 08:10 as a reply to  @ Numenorean's post |  #21

When it is dark and your 300 f4 won't give you a fast enough shutter speed.




  
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May 01, 2012 08:39 |  #22

Larry Weinman wrote in post #14352314 (external link)
You cannot get the bokeh a 2.8 supertelephoto lens offers on an f4 or slower lens

True, the f2.8 will produce more background blur (bokeh is the quality of the blur), but let's face it, the out of focus part of the image is not usually the important part (except to us photographers). The 300 f4 and 100-400 both do a decent job of isolating the subject. I've never noticed a drop in sales from images taken with my 100-400 at f5.6 vs. images taken with the 300 at f2.8.




  
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May 03, 2012 19:18 as a reply to  @ Fred Meebley's post |  #23

At what point do you decide you need a 300 f/2.8?

-When less than 300mm won't give you enough reach
-When f/4 won't give you a fast enough shutter speed


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May 03, 2012 19:43 |  #24

I decided when using my 300 f4 it could not focus fast enough. The 300 2.8L is arguably the best lens Canon has ever produced.


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May 03, 2012 21:19 |  #25

328somewhere wrote in post #14352772 (external link)
There is something magical about the 300mm f2.8 in any of the three version. The creamy bokeh after 1 shot at f2.8 had me sold. Add in the unbelievalbe AF speed and it's hard not to take a good picture. Being a cost analysist type of person I couldn't justify either of the IS versions but at half the cost of the IS version one the non-IS was right in my ballpark. Finding one in good shape at the right price proved to be a little tricky but I have zero regret. At around 2k the non-is version is a hard lens to beat. Some might say that with the extra weight and lack of IS camera shake may be an issue but that can be overcome with a good monopod.

I'm in the same boat... Deciding if I should just go with the Non-IS, or wait and save more to maybe get the Mark I IS version. Not sure how long it'll take me to get to the IS point, but I do have enough saved now for a Non-IS... so torn as to what to do. I will always use it on a monopod, and my shutter speeds will (hopefully) be fast. I HATE INDECISION!!!!

EDIT: I'm also a bit nervous with the Non-IS, since it's not supported by Canon anymore, not sure what to do if it malfunctions...


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May 03, 2012 22:22 |  #26

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #14351591 (external link)
Nothing else takes teleconverters like the large primes.

The 300mm f/2.8L IS is sick sharp on its own so it makes a very, very good 420mm f/4 and an acceptable 600 f/5.6.

I totally agree with this assessment. Both the 300mm and 400mm f2.8 lenses are highly versatile, due to their ability to take wonderfully sharp images with the teleconverters.


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