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70-200 f/4l is or 100-400

 
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Aug 21, 2007 04:44 |  #1

i am awaiting delivery of the canon 70-200 f/4l is but am debating whether or not i should cancel and save up the extra money and go for the canon 100-400 instead.
does anyone own or who have owned both lenses have an opinion on them


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Aug 21, 2007 05:33 |  #2

ste

it will all depend on what you will be mostly shooting

i have the 70-200 f4 IS and for medium telephoto range its excellent, i used it at the sunderland airshow and it did ok but the 100-400mm would of been a lot better as i struggled to get the range with the 70-200 .
I dont normally shoot longer than 200mm so i couldnt justify getting a converter or a longer lens for a one off

anyways , nice to see another person from Carlisle here :)




  
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Aug 21, 2007 05:41 |  #3

I have both, and use them for different purposes. The 100-400 is a very nice wildlife, nature, aviation and sports lens, and great for isolating people too, so longer distance candid shots.

The 70-200 is a medium telephoto zoom, great for general work, including indoors. It is easy to carry, the 100-400 much less so, due to its size.

Generally, when I go out shooting, I will have the 70-200 with me; the 100-400 I only bring along for specific purposes.

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Aug 21, 2007 08:13 as a reply to  @ wimg's post |  #4

I have the 70-200 f/4 L without IS, and teh 100-400. Both are very different and serve completely different purposes. The 70-200 is sharper and lighter by a long way, but doesn't have nearly the reach. You need to decide whether you will be okay with 200mm or whether 400 will be needed. Those that have the 100-400 tend to shoot nearer to 400 than 100mm most of the time.

What wimg and jbuk said about using the 100-400 more for specific purpose is very valid. The 70-200 makes a very nice general medium tele zoom lens.


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Aug 21, 2007 09:05 |  #5

just cancelled my order with warehouse because its now been 6 weeks since i ordered and have instead just bought one off kerso for £110 less.
get on


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Aug 21, 2007 10:20 |  #6

steunited wrote in post #3766087 (external link)
i am awaiting delivery of the canon 70-200 f/4l is but am debating whether or not i should cancel and save up the extra money and go for the canon 100-400 instead.
does anyone own or who have owned both lenses have an opinion on them

What are you shooting?
If it's wildlife, then the 70-200 will be too short.




  
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Aug 21, 2007 10:48 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #7

not specifically wildlife more of an everyday type of lens,
thats why i have stuck with my original choice.
if i need any extra length in the future i will have to save up for another lens.


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