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Dec 27, 2013 16:54 |  #1

Hello all, I'm keen to go for a 70-300 L series. Online these vary from £800 to £1500, new. I'm all for a bargain but am I missing something? Are the cheaper lenses older? Poorer quality imports? Or do they just not have the usual guarantees? Thanks and happy new year to you all.


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Dec 27, 2013 16:56 |  #2

I suspect people by them for birding then realise 300mm is too short. That and they're not comparable with a TC too..........


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Dec 27, 2013 17:05 as a reply to  @ h14nha's post |  #3

Thing is, all these ones I am looking at are brand new. The price varies so widely it just made me wonder what I was missing!

I do a bit of bird photography and was thinking of getting a 2 times extender for these occasions, interested too get feedback on that idea too! I know I will loose 2 stops but is it still worth it?


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Dec 27, 2013 17:07 |  #4

Make sure they're all the "L" series. There's 3 different 70-300 I think and, I know it's hard to believe, but there are those that might misrepresent what they're selling :-)


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Dec 27, 2013 17:07 |  #5

There are 3 different 70-300 lenses. Are you sure you are looking only at the L white lens, and not the other 2?


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Dec 27, 2013 17:12 |  #6

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There are 3 different 70-300 lenses. Are you sure you are looking only at the L white lens, and not the other 2?

Yeah, as far as I can see they are the grey lenses, L series, not the black ones. I was suspicious after I had the 100-400 L series and returned it as faulty to be told that older lenses can be soft and the newer versions, made me wonder if there was the same issue with these lenses.


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Dec 27, 2013 17:20 |  #7

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Yeah, as far as I can see they are the grey lenses, L series, not the black ones. I was suspicious after I had the 100-400 L series and returned it as faulty to be told that older lenses can be soft and the newer versions, made me wonder if there was the same issue with these lenses.

Well, then they could just be bait and switch shops. There is only one 70-300L lens, there are not variants of the lens. Grey market just means that lenses are being sold outside their warranty regions, and thus you won't be able to have the lenses repaired under warranty (or difficult to do so anyways), and not that the lenses are inferior in some way. Even the price differential between refurbished and brand-new lenses wouldn't swing that wildly.


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Dec 27, 2013 17:47 |  #8

Birdsfurandfins wrote in post #16558054 (external link)
Hello all, I'm keen to go for a 70-300 L series. Online these vary from £800 to £1500, new. I'm all for a bargain but am I missing something? Are the cheaper lenses older? Poorer quality imports? Or do they just not have the usual guarantees? Thanks and happy new year to you all.

brand new for £800, these are usually shipped from hong kong (grey imports), yes you save a packet but it wont have a UK warranty, check this thread on the subject of grey import warranties

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1187191

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Dec 27, 2013 17:49 |  #9

Did you see the comment about it not being compatible with a teleconverter? I think it works with the Kenko TC but not the Canon. You'll want to research that.


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Dec 27, 2013 18:04 |  #10

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Did you see the comment about it not being compatible with a teleconverter? I think it works with the Kenko TC but not the Canon. You'll want to research that.

Yes, they work with the Kenko but a 1.4x brings them to F8.0 which means it won't auto focus on most cameras.

They do not work with Canon TC's properly...


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Dec 27, 2013 18:05 |  #11

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Did you see the comment about it not being compatible with a teleconverter? I think it works with the Kenko TC but not the Canon. You'll want to research that.

It does work with the Kenko, depending on the body it's on, it may not AF at full zoom with a TC.


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Dec 27, 2013 18:07 |  #12

Tape the pins, and it will try, and if the light is good enough, the camera should AF.


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Dec 27, 2013 18:57 |  #13

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Tape the pins, and it will try, and if the light is good enough, the camera should AF.

If the light's very good the 1.4x Kenko is capable of BIF shots with the lens @ 300mm. Below 300mm it's much easier.

However, the OP's talking about a 2.0x extender, I've never tried a 2.0x extender so I cannot definitively say it won't AF but I'd be very surprised, even with taped pins...


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Dec 27, 2013 19:29 |  #14

That will be tough, and would require the best of light, like midday sun. Could go to live view manual focusing though if the subject is pretty static.


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Dec 28, 2013 04:14 |  #15

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brand new for £800, these are usually shipped from hong kong (grey imports), yes you save a packet but it wont have a UK warranty, check this thread on the subject of grey import warranties

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1187191

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Brilliant, thanks so much for the help, this is a great forum. I hope one day to spot something I know something about so I can be useful to other users!


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