Alas, another thread. I'm coming VERY close now to making my final decision as I am leaving for NY next week to visit the city for the first time, and also to make a trip to B&H
On their website, each lens imported (grey-market) cost the exact same. $1399
I have a few questions, since this prime has been stuck in my mind since the very beginning, despite the other lens options I have rented inbetween.
1. If you shot sports and could only choose between these two lenses, which would you choose and why? Zoom's are convenient, but it seems all of the top sports lenses out there are primes. For IQ, I'm assuming, which is fine, but doesn't the photog miss some shots due to not being able to zoom out, or in, in certain instances?
2. How old is the 300mm f/4 prime? It doesn't matter really but I'm curious, since the 70-300L is only a couple years old and has newer IS technology.
3. Which is sharper at 300mm wide open? Might be a no-brainer question since primes have prime sharpness, but its worth asking anyway. The-Digital-Picture's resolution chart seems to be a tossup between them in the centre. The prime seems to be only a bit sharper in the corners.
I rented the 70-300 and really liked it, but when I had it I used it at 300 97% of the time. I didn't have any other occaisions while I had it to use it as more of a walk-around lens - so I'm not sure if I would or not. Depending where I was, I would probably reach for my 24-105 first as a walk-around, since it is lighter, less white, etc.
That said, I would miss the zoom I think. But I can't be certain. My local store will not rent primes so I can't test it as I've tested every other lens I've considered.
Anywho, thats it. Let me hear your thoughts Also no comments about adding a 1.4XIII to my 70-200, or keeping my 70-200 - its not an option right now. I have to choose between these two lenses. I have a friend who is very interested in buying my 70-200 so hopefully before I go to NY
P.S - Anything I should be wary of buying "Imported" v.s "USA" from B&H ? I don't know much about it, the information on it suggested the only difference was the distributor where they got the product. They could have gotten them from Canada for all I know, not some far off place in the middle of a jungle. But please enlighten me
Background Info for those who havn't been following my threads on this
- Sport I shoot: Equestrian & getting into dog agility, but 99% equestrian
- Camera: 5D3
- Uses: Daylight - no sport I shoot falls into the evening so the aperture doesn't bother me. I don't need the 2.8