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Never see used 70-300L - does that mean you love it?

 
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Aug 26, 2014 09:03 |  #16

I've been on the fence with selling my 70-200 f/2.8 II, and picking up the 70-300L and 135L. And like the OP noticed, there aren't a lot of used examples out there, but that's ok because it gives me a lot of time to waffle on this decision :lol:

Really need to rent this thing, and soon!


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Aug 26, 2014 09:16 |  #17

MatthewK wrote in post #17118527 (external link)
I've been on the fence with selling my 70-200 f/2.8 II, and picking up the 70-300L and 135L. And like the OP noticed, there aren't a lot of used examples out there, but that's ok because it gives me a lot of time to waffle on this decision :lol:

Really need to rent this thing, and soon!


I sold my 70-200 2.8 when I got the 70-300. If your shooting events keep the 70-200 2.8 but I've hardly even thought about the 70-200 since I got this combo but I do use my 135/400 lenses more often


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Aug 26, 2014 09:30 as a reply to  @ MatthewK's post |  #18

There are currently 19 used Canon 70-300 l lenses for sale on Amazon so. There's another place to check. I considered this lens before buying my 70-200 f2.8 IS II. I already had the 300 mm f4 IS and really wanted f2.8 but the smaller size and weight almost tipped the scales in favor of the 70-300. It is obviously a great one lens solution that can be carried more comfortably than the 70-200 f2.8. If a one lens solution isn't important to you, consider picking up the 300 l f4 IS and a 1.4 extender and keeping the 70-200.


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Aug 26, 2014 17:07 as a reply to  @ Elton Balch's post |  #19

I was shooting my kid's team this past weekend at a soccer tournament - and a lady with a 5d III was asking me about my 70-300L. She had a 70-200 f4 - and said she borrowed a 70-300L and loved the lens - and felt like she wasn't happy with the 70-200 f4 - and was going to sell it and pick up the 70-300L.

I can't compare - as I've not had any L glass other than the 70-300 - but I've heard others comment about how much they liked it and thought it was a bit underrated.

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Aug 26, 2014 17:22 as a reply to  @ ddk2001's post |  #20

I have a bit of GAS problem and probably went through ten different options for telephoto, between the 55-250, 70-300 IS, 300 f/4, 70-200 2.8 & 4, etc until I got the 70-300L. Now that lens is stuck to my 6D in every way but literally. Just the absolute perfect focal range and plays very nicely with a Kenko teleconverter

It's so good that I'm seriously considering ditching my 60D for a used 7D or 70D just to be able to use that combo and have it hunt for AF less


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Aug 26, 2014 17:28 |  #21

i tried to sell this lens many times and no one like the price and the f/5.6 at that focal length :)
it's a great lens , but after using all the canons 70-200L and the 100-400L i sold it at last
It's a fat lens with a 67 filter size :)


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Aug 26, 2014 17:37 |  #22

i hope that canon make this lens with f/4 same like the 70-200 f/4


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Aug 27, 2014 13:03 |  #23

Picked mine up a year ago and it has become my favorite lens. Fantastic IQ, beautiful bokeh. Use for studio portraits to landscapes. Only down side is it's weight, but as said, on the 5d mklll, just bump up the iso to get a faster shutter speed.


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Aug 28, 2014 22:41 |  #24

I sold my 70-200 2.8 when I got the 70-300. Never looked back and very happy with it for size, comparative light weight and how it feels on the camera. You can hand-hold this lens as the IS is excellent but I did spend the extra $170 to get the tripod ring which does not come with the lens. I'm using this lens with a Wimberly head for birding. It works great for medium distance shots of birds in flight. For longer reach I rent the 500 f/4 which is what you need if you're after high IQ at greater shooting distances.




  
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Aug 28, 2014 23:19 as a reply to  @ Ken Nielsen's post |  #25

I really like mine and the f/5.6 at the long end does not bother me. Anything faster comes with higher price tag, or less flexibility.




  
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Aug 29, 2014 07:28 |  #26

MatthewK wrote in post #17118527 (external link)
I've been on the fence with selling my 70-200 f/2.8 II, and picking up the 70-300L and 135L. And like the OP noticed, there aren't a lot of used examples out there, but that's ok because it gives me a lot of time to waffle on this decision :lol:

Really need to rent this thing, and soon!

I made this change and am happy with it. In fact, I later picked up a used Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC for the rare times when I wanted an f/2.8 zoom, and considering the amount I've actually used it, I'm not totally sure I shouldn't sell the Tamron and pick up an old non-IS 70-200 2.8 and pocket the money difference.




  
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Aug 29, 2014 08:29 as a reply to  @ gocolts's post |  #27

Another opinion from Roger at LensRentals:


"It’s a very nice lens. It’s a much better lens than the $500 consumer grade Canon 70-300 IS (which is a very good consumer zoom). However, if I were putting down my hard-earned cash...I’d buy the consumer zoom and spend the other $1,000 on a Canon 17-55mm IS or Canon 24-105mm – or just get a Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS and blow $500 on groceries or something frivolous. "


Of course, that was April 2013. Now you can get the 24-105 or 17-55 for about $600-$650 and have even more for groceries.




  
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Aug 29, 2014 09:10 |  #28

I am just a hobby shooter. In my opinion, the 70-300L is the best value of all the L lenses - at least for me. Tremendous build quality, very nice controls, IS that works really well even at 300mm, compact, great photos on my crop. Even though it works great hand held with the IS I use a tripod or monopod most of the time. It is often offered with a discount. Got mine new last fall for about $1300 and it sees about the same time on my 60D as my 24-70 II does. When I get a second body I see the 70-300L being permanently mounted on one.


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Aug 29, 2014 09:14 |  #29

Have the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II for hockey (low light, speed)

now my little hockey player is thinking about playing soccer, so the 70-300 L (reach, better light conditions) could be the answer.


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Aug 29, 2014 09:43 |  #30

If I had the 2.8 II...man, I'd get just get a teleconverter. The 2.0 would give you more reach and be as fast as the 70-300L at 300.


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