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70-200 f/4 or 70-300 with IS

 
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Nov 25, 2008 18:56 |  #1

70-200 f/4 70-300 f/4-5.6
$600 usd $494 usd
L USM USM IS
internal focus  ??????
manual override  ??????

not crazy about the 5.6 on the long end but i do get a longer lens and IS. is the L glass and f/4 better than IS and an extra 100 mm? cannot decide which i should get. have the 400L so it is not so much about the reach, but for less money i seem to get more, no? thanks for advice.


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Nov 25, 2008 19:22 |  #2

over discussed.

do a search.

and only you will have an answer.


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Nov 25, 2008 21:20 |  #3

A recent topic that may be of interest.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=601866


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Nov 25, 2008 21:40 |  #4

There are a lot of threads on this comparison. Go try a quick search and you will find some results. In short, it will come down to what you want to shoot. If it is for general family shooting the 70-300 is a great choice and if for sports, etc. the 70-200 L.


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Nov 25, 2008 21:56 |  #5

It's perhaps the single most common comparison for lenses.

When I faced it, I ended up choosing the F4L. Partially, it was because I wanted to experience an 'L' (I would be constantly wondering if I ever got the 70-300). On the one hand, it's good - I now know what an 'L' is like. On the other hand, it's bad - I now know what it is like, and I don't really want non-L lenses anymore. :p




  
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Nov 26, 2008 00:02 |  #6

i opted for the 70-300...and haven't once wondered what the 70-200f/4 is like...i'm perfectly happy with my lens, and could only see myself replacing it with the 100-400...the fact that you already have the 400mm though, i think i'd go for the 70-200...but it all depends on how much you would need IS...if you're shooting sports, then it won't matter


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Nov 26, 2008 02:42 |  #7

The IS is really really convenient. I shot a one second exposure of a waterfall with the 70-300 once and it came out sharp as hell. Of course, several other shots didn't. But without the IS I doubt I could've gotten one sharp one second exposure after 100 attempts. In the end I sold it because I wanted more reach. The optical quality was good. The only thing that really annoyed me about the lens was the lack of internal focus.




  
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Nov 26, 2008 02:45 |  #8

Having briefly owned one and played with the other in best buy, I can say that the autofocus on the 70-200 is infinitely faster than the 70-300. I don't know about image quality because I didn't really get that in depth with the 70-300. If autofocus speed is a priority then the canon 70-200 variants are very good.


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Nov 26, 2008 02:54 |  #9

i don't know about autofocus...but you can see here that the image quality is fairly close...i know most will say that the 70-200 'completely and totally blows away' the 70-300...but if you look at the tests done here...i'd say it's pretty close
http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/70300s (external link)


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Nov 26, 2008 08:06 |  #10

If IS really isn't an issure then get the f/4, because in every other field it outclasses the 70-300.

Just remember-you can always use a tripod or monopod to work around low shutter speeds, but you can't buy anything that can upgrade the 70-300 to the quality of that L

The only problem I could see is it being too heavy or big
the 70-300 was my first "long" telephoto zoom
when I first got it, I was like "this is gigantic!"
then I rented a 70-200 and was surprised because my arm was getting tired from holding it up so long


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Nov 26, 2008 20:49 |  #11

thanks. sorry i didn't search it first. going with the 70-200 f.4


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