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Canon EF 70-300 IS USM vs. Tamron 18-270 VC PZD

 
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Aug 11, 2012 17:46 as a reply to  @ post 14845342 |  #16

I have both the 70-300 is usm and the 100-400L. Of course the 100-400 does have more reach and for birding. That can sometimes be very important. I use both lenses quite a bit. At a recent Blue Angels air show I had the opportunity to use both lenses. I think the IQ of my copy of the 70-300 is excellent. I would rate it just under my 70-200L about par with the 100-400. I especially like it's light weight. Focus is quick enough and sharp. But at 300mm and f-5.6 it is a light hog and it can't use an extender. I also like the image quality of my 100-400L. It gives me the extra reach I sometimes need. At 400mm and f-5.6 it is also a light hog. Since it is heavy It can be a little hard to hold still for those long shots. Also It won't auto focus with a Canon extender. That said I would not trade either of these lenses. Since I don't do just one type of photography both seem to get a pretty thorough work out.

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Aug 11, 2012 18:05 |  #17
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Bill Ragosta wrote in post #14845344 (external link)
Thanks for the observations, especially the part about the 100-400 being sharper wide open than the 70-300 USM at f8.

Be advised - that was my experience. Other shooter's and equipment may vary, as usual.


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Aug 11, 2012 18:20 |  #18

MikeWa, being a lighthog is one of the reasons that I'm not blown away by the Sigma, it works fine during midday on a nice bright day but if you're in a wooded area, even on a bright sunny day or if it's early or late in the day, you lose a lot of opportunities and/or end up shooting at very high ISOs. Thanks for your experience.


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Aug 11, 2012 18:23 |  #19

kin2son wrote in post #14845446 (external link)
So is that what you are planning to do? Selling the 150-500 for 100-400??

Personally I'd sell all three and go 70-200f4 + 100-400.

Well, that's the plan at this point but I'm trying to do my due diligence to avoid any regrets later. As for your idea to sell all three for the 70-200f4 and the 100-400, ideally I think that's where I'd like to be someday but at this point I don't want to invest any extra cash and all three of my lenses won't bring enough to purchase those two.

Thanks again.


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Aug 11, 2012 20:16 |  #20

Bill Ragosta wrote in post #14845342 (external link)
Like I said, I can't really afford the faster primes. I do some bird in flight but that's certainly not my focus. I took those shots on a recent trip to Alaska and while I'd like to go back next week, it's unlikely that I'll be going again very soon.

A 400L is cheaper than a 100-400L


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Aug 11, 2012 20:20 |  #21

for me 70-300l & 400 :)


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Aug 12, 2012 04:45 |  #22

DreDaze wrote in post #14846021 (external link)
A 400L is cheaper than a 100-400L

I wasn't aware of that, thanks. It's certainly a consideration. Personally, I do use the zoom function on my other lenses quite a bit and it might take some getting used to but I don't have to do anything today and I will do some homework, read some reviews and look for images on this site from the 400L. Thanks again, good info.


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Aug 12, 2012 04:47 |  #23

skycolt wrote in post #14846035 (external link)
for me 70-300l & 400 :)

Also a very good option but presently also out of my price range for both. As I mentioned to DreDaze, I don't have to make any moves right now and you never know when some unexpected revenue might show up so it's worth considering. Thanks for the opinion.


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