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Lens dilema..

 
JamesXP
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Apr 01, 2009 12:45 |  #1

I have a choice of a few lenses really,

I'm thinking

  • 70-200MM F4L
  • 70-300MM IS
  • 55-250MM IS
I want a lens to use for outdoor football, birding occasionaly and maybe motorsports one day..

I can afford the more expensive lens' but it would take me longer to save up, the price of the F4L is at the top end of my budget, like 500$ish used, if you have anymore suggestions please go ahead and tell me :)

I know the 70-200MM is best IQ and AF wise, but will I notice the difference between that and the other lens' alot? is it worth almost double the cost?

With my current 135MM : http://i71.photobucket​.com …ey-/football/IMG_0455.jpg (external link)

Not enough reach, IQ is bad at 135MM zoom,

I think the 70-200mm wouldn't have enough reach for me, albeit the 70-300MM would...

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Apr 01, 2009 12:46 |  #2

Is this even a question when the L is up there? If you can afford it, get it. Just got mine from the brown truck yesterday and WOW.


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Apr 01, 2009 12:55 |  #3

i agree!!
70-200 if you can afford it... just post a WTB thread for 450 and i'm sure you'll get a seller...


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Apr 01, 2009 12:57 |  #4

Thing I'm concerned about is will the 200MM provide enough reach or not?


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Apr 01, 2009 12:58 |  #5

Throw a 1.4 extender on there and the IQ will still be better than the others.


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Apr 01, 2009 13:00 |  #6

The 1.4 is around 400$ here in the UK. that makes me bearable 500$ into an unbearable 900$...


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Apr 01, 2009 13:05 |  #7

Hmmm. I don't think you will get the increase in IQ you want without buying the 70-200. I think that cropped down it would still look better than the 70-300, but I haven't had a Canon 70-300 IS, just the Sigma 70-300.


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Apr 01, 2009 13:51 |  #8

My main problem is my sigma 24-135MM seems to very soft..

I am not a professional and don't plan on making a career out of photography, I will just have to mull this one over, unless someone can convince me..+


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Apr 01, 2009 13:59 as a reply to  @ JamesXP's post |  #9

James:

I cannot tell you how good the 70-200 is. You have to experience it. I might suggest you see if one of your friends has one to loan you. Or even rent one for a day, or ask your local camera shop to borrow one for a few hours.

I got mine about 1.5 years ago and it is my walk around lens now. I know, it's sorta heavy but it does everything very well. I use it for portraits, landscape, just everything.

If you want to photograph birds, the 600 mm isn't long enough!!!! (But Birders are a different breed, not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Anyway, you won't be disappointed with this lens.

BUY ONE NOW!

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Apr 01, 2009 14:02 |  #10

I got rid of a 70-300 to get a 70-200 f/4L. It's not that the 70-300 is a bad lens, it's just that the AF was too slow for me (I shoot my son's lacrosse games). IQ was ok, but nothing compared to the L. I've got a 1.4 TC on the way, so I'll still have about the same reach. I am looking forward to comparing images w/ the 70-200 + 1.4 TC to those from the 70-300. And since the 70-300 was an f/5.6 at the long end, the 70-200 w/ the 1.4 TC will be no slower.

And poke around for a used TC. I bought a Kenko off here for $145. May cost a bit more to have it shipped overseas, but not that much.


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Apr 01, 2009 14:02 |  #11

i cannot stress how good the 70-300IS is in good lighting conditions. if your shooting low light then obviously you want the f4L, and yes the AF on it is faster. but i love my 70-300, plenty of reach and amazing IQ. it is considered a hidden L lens and i agree.


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Apr 01, 2009 14:14 |  #12

I am on the minority side here. My preference is 70-300IS > 55-250IS > 70-200F4L non IS.

1) 200 is not long enough for sport.
2) 70-200F4L is a good lens only in good light. Once light deteriate, your keeper rate will be very low due to the lack of IS
3) IQ wise, the L has a little edge. But if you shoot the other two up to 200mm, I doubt many can tell the difference. And with IS, you will have sharper image more often.

I myself own the 70-200F4L non IS for 1.5 year. And to me, it is a overrated lens. It is the least money to get into "L", and I think this is the main reason many people have it. If Canon was to take off the red ring and white paint, and just keep the optics and USM, I doublt it will be as popular.


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