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Canon EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

 
mnikki99
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Aug 09, 2013 13:40 |  #436

I just bought this lens used at a camera store tent sale for $75 for my Mark III. I wanted a zoom lens for my 8 year-old son's first season of football. I hope this works well for me. The only other lens I have to use is my 85mm prime, so I'm curious how much farther I can get with this. If the distance is negligible, then they said I could return it within 30 days. Does anyone have any experience with this for outdoor sports photography? I'm also curious if this lens is worth keeping in my camera bag even if it's not ideal for his football shots. Any insight anybody has to share about this lens would be appreciated! Thanks!




  
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burb1972
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Aug 09, 2013 18:15 |  #437

Its focuses crazy fast, I believe faster than a 70-200 f4. It gets a little softer at 150mm plus. Its a great outdoor sports lens. Ive had mine for about 8 years.


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burb1972
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Aug 09, 2013 18:24 as a reply to  @ burb1972's post |  #438

Also it blows my mind how cheap these are. It seems that during this era they made some great consumer level lenses. 28-70 f3.5, 50mm 1.8 mark i, and 70-210 f3.5.


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mnikki99
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Aug 10, 2013 00:07 as a reply to  @ burb1972's post |  #439

Thanks for the info, burb1972! Now I'm even more excited to try it out next week for football!!!! Hope I get some good action shots!




  
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Aug 10, 2013 03:49 |  #440

Had mine over 4 years , Fast focus ,sharp, light, and above all affordable.
I use mine for motor sport but it also does a great job for portraits without getting in peoples faces.


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Aug 12, 2013 18:48 |  #441

Another shot from a bike ride....

IMAGE: http://imageshack.us/a/img850/1715/yfrp.jpg

My Canon kit 450D/s90; Canon lenses 18-55 IS, 70-210/3.5-4.5....Nikon kit: D610; 28-105/3.5-4.5, 75-300/4.5-5.6 AF, 50/1.8D Nikkors, Tamron 80-210; MF Nikkors: 50/2K, 50/1.4 AI-S, 50/1.8 SeriesE, 60/2.8 Micro Nikkor (AF locked), 85mm/1.8K-AI, 105/2.5 AIS/P.C, 135/2.8K/Q.C, 180/2.8 ED, 200/4Q/AIS, 300/4.5H-AI, ++ Tamron 70-210/3.8-4, Vivitar/Kiron 28/2, ser.1 70-210/3.5, ser.1 28-90; Vivitar/Komine and Samyang 28/2.8; 35mm Nikon F/FM/FE2, Rebel 2K...HTC RE UWA camera

  
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mnikki99
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Aug 13, 2013 09:01 as a reply to  @ kitacanon's post |  #442

Fantastic shot! I tried the lens last night and was pleased with the fast focus, but you're right - it is soft at 150mm+. Wonder where the sweet spot is for this lens? Beautiful bokeh and tack sharp on the short distance shots. It's definitely worth keeping for $75! There's a barn about to fall into a pond out in our area, I'm waiting for the leaves to turn so I can get some good color in the reflection on the water. I think this will be the lens to capture it perfectly! After that, maybe I need to invest in a bike and find a quiet trail for some awesome wildlife shots like kitacanon's! Thanks for the info, and for sharing these incredible photos! :)




  
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Aug 13, 2013 10:02 |  #443

mnikki99 wrote in post #16204040 (external link)
Fantastic shot! I tried the lens last night and was pleased with the fast focus, but you're right - it is soft at 150mm+. Wonder where the sweet spot is for this lens?

I've gotten used to stopping it down as much as possible. Crank up the ISO if need be. I've also gotten used to spending a lot of time in post-processing to make my photos "pop" when using this lens. Conversely, I spend a lot less time in-post when I'm shooting with a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, but the $2,000 savings makes it well worthwhile. I still love this lens, but I can't rely on it for really important shoots that require the use of a telephoto. I can't justify selling it, so it just sits in my bag most of the time until I decide to play around with it.


5D Mk2 + BG-E6 | Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L | Canon EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM | 580EX II | Manfrotto 3021N/3030/RC2 | B+W Filters

  
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invicktion
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Oct 16, 2013 00:14 |  #444

I'm considering purchasing this lens and from the posts it seems like this is a very sharp lens. Is the Image quality on this better than the Kit Lens? 55-250? 70-300? Is the Image quality Comparable to the Canon 70-200? I did see the comparison that someone posted between the two and I really couldn't tell the difference.


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tkbslc
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Oct 16, 2013 00:18 |  #445

invicktion wrote in post #16374615 (external link)
I'm considering purchasing this lens and from the posts it seems like this is a very sharp lens. Is the Image quality on this better than the Kit Lens? 55-250? 70-300? Is the Image quality Comparable to the Canon 70-200? I did see the comparison that someone posted between the two and I really couldn't tell the difference.

It's very similar to 55-250 in terms of sharpness, which is to say good.


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invicktion
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Oct 16, 2013 01:40 |  #446

tkbslc wrote in post #16374622 (external link)
It's very similar to 55-250 in terms of sharpness, which is to say good.

How does the 55-250 IQ compare to the kit lens? I always assumed it was the same quality and I was never a fan of the quality of the kit lens.


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kitacanon
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Nov 16, 2013 07:33 |  #447

invicktion wrote in post #16374730 (external link)
How does the 55-250 IQ compare to the kit lens? I always assumed it was the same quality and I was never a fan of the quality of the kit lens.

The 55-250 is more susceptible to wide-open vignetting.

Here's a shot from my 1st time biking with the 70-210 on a new-to-me XSI

IMAGE: http://imageshack.us/a/img132/7809/10f0.jpg

My Canon kit 450D/s90; Canon lenses 18-55 IS, 70-210/3.5-4.5....Nikon kit: D610; 28-105/3.5-4.5, 75-300/4.5-5.6 AF, 50/1.8D Nikkors, Tamron 80-210; MF Nikkors: 50/2K, 50/1.4 AI-S, 50/1.8 SeriesE, 60/2.8 Micro Nikkor (AF locked), 85mm/1.8K-AI, 105/2.5 AIS/P.C, 135/2.8K/Q.C, 180/2.8 ED, 200/4Q/AIS, 300/4.5H-AI, ++ Tamron 70-210/3.8-4, Vivitar/Kiron 28/2, ser.1 70-210/3.5, ser.1 28-90; Vivitar/Komine and Samyang 28/2.8; 35mm Nikon F/FM/FE2, Rebel 2K...HTC RE UWA camera

  
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toby2k2
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Dec 04, 2013 05:57 |  #448

Hi, from my experience, and my copy of this lens it blows the kit lens out of the water. I use mine at f4.5 most of the time, that is to say that from 4.5 it is sharp as hell on my 50d. It is still good at 3.5 but if you use it from 4.5 then it wont change as you zoom in. I love this lens as a portrait lens too. My copy had the usual zoom creep but i cured it with a small rectangle of gaffa tape on the underside of the inner zoom section and this cures the problem. because it just tightens it up slightly.
Before i purchased this lens, someone on this forum said "if you aren't getting tack sharp shots with this lens then you need to look at yourself". I would say 'if you aren't getting tack sharp shots from f4.5 up then look at yourself'. So i almost agree you could say....




  
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Krichton
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Feb 20, 2014 11:21 |  #449

I just recently got my hands on this lens, and not only is it really sharp, but bokeh is fantastic. I'm not certain there's a point to owning the 70-200 f4l as long as this lens exists. Not bad for $35! I can't wait till I put this on a full frame. With that said, the lack of IS can be a real problem at times. Because there is no IS you either have to have either extremely steady hands or a lot of light because if you're using it for portraits a low shutter speed isn't going to cut it when you're at 210mm, even at f4.5. Don't be surprised if you have to up your ISO to 800 during the day just to have adequate shutter speed. The second problem with this lens is zoom creep. When I first got this lens it was a disaster. All you needed was to turn it upside down and the lens would fall out all the way. After I tightened up some screws it was perfect, for like a day. then it started getting loose again, but not nearly to the extent of when I got it. I suspect a few more uses and it probably will be though. If you're looking for a cheap f4L substitute, and I stress the word, cheap, then look no further.




  
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Apr 12, 2014 17:06 |  #450

Bought a BGN one on Keh. First one had malfunctioning aperture control, kept giving ERR 01, returned it, second one was front focusing. Finally a working one came in yesterday. Zoom creeps a bit on this one which I plan on fixing (only when tilted straight down, stops around 135mm), and there is a little bit of dust I need to clean out when I can find the time. I have been borrowing a 70-200mm f/2.8L (non-IS) from a relative, and as much as I loved using it it's way out of my price range. Optically, this lens isn't quite as sharp and suffers a bit from CA, but otherwise for the price I love it, makes a good match for my EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. It's also smaller and much lighter than the L which is a big plus. Throwing a little extension tube on there makes this a pretty competent macro lens too. Took this one on my 5Dc outside today with a 7mm tube.

70mm (I think) with 7mm extension tube | f/8 | 1/500s | ISO 1600

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Canon EOS 5D Classic :: EF 35mm f/2 IS USM :: EF 50mm f/1.8 II :: EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro :: EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM :: EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM :: Speedlite 420 EX Flash

  
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