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100-400 vs 70-200 f4 is: which one would you choose?

 
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Dec 16, 2012 10:16 |  #1

if you had only one lens, the 18-135 on a crop body, which of the above would you add to your bag and why?


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Dec 16, 2012 10:50 |  #2

It would depend on my photographic interests.


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Dec 16, 2012 10:51 |  #3

18-135 gives you 29-216....100-400=160-640.....70-200=112-320....I belive you will have a more "useful" range with the 70-200...


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Dec 16, 2012 10:58 |  #4

I agree with nightdiver13 here.

If you are looking to shoot birds and wildlife the 100-400. If you are not looking to shoot wildlife the 70-200.


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Dec 16, 2012 10:59 |  #5

Romax12 wrote in post #15372995 (external link)
if you had only one lens, the 18-135 on a crop body, which of the above would you add to your bag and why?

Like your other 100-400 thread I'm not sure a poll would necessarily reflect what is best for you. it depends on subject, distance, etc, Wildlife and outdoor sport shooters may prefer the 100-400, portrait types would probably like the 70-200. Here's a tip - get one of those lens from B&H or Adorama and if you find that range does not suit your style you have 30 days to return it (and pay shipping). Or buy both and throw away what you don't use

I like the range of the 100-400 but that's my preference (at least in the summer!)

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Dec 16, 2012 11:14 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #6

OP, I would choose the 70-200f4is, but that would be after selling the 18-135 and getting something else. But, what I would choose and why does not seem to really be the issue here based on the concurrent threads you have started.

What specifically are you shooting? This needs to be known to assist you in determining which lens is best for your needs.


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Dec 16, 2012 11:21 |  #7

OP: As with your other thread, the answer is going to vary based on WHAT YOU SHOOT and HOW (lots of light, low light, static subject, moving subject, etc). The 70-200 and 100-400 are not interchangeable lenses, as they cover different focal lengths and needs.


You're asking the equivalent of "claw hammer or sledge hammer, which would you choose?".


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Dec 16, 2012 12:43 |  #8

The 70-200.
Ist much more versatile as the 100-400.
The 70-200 is great for Sports, and Portrait, even maybe Landscape, and a little bit for Wildlife too.
The 100-400 is great for Sports, and Wildlife, but would not really use it for portraits.


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Dec 16, 2012 14:19 |  #9

Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15373069 (external link)
It would depend on my photographic interests.

^This. It depends on what you intend to shoot. I own both lenses. For serious wildlife shooting, I use the 100-400L. For more general purpose telephoto use, or when I want to travel lighter, I use the 70-200 f/4 IS. I have also used the 70-200 /f4 to shoot indoor ice hockey -- it's about as slow a lens as I can get away with for this purpose.


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Dec 16, 2012 16:33 |  #10

100-400. 70-200 would be too much of an overlap.




  
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Dec 16, 2012 16:41 |  #11

I have never been a fan of the 100-400, tried it and didnt like that push pull thing. I'd go with the 70-200




  
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Dec 16, 2012 16:44 |  #12

watt100 wrote in post #15373099 (external link)
Like your other 100-400 thread I'm not sure a poll would necessarily reflect what is best for you. it depends on subject, distance, etc, Wildlife and outdoor sport shooters may prefer the 100-400, portrait types would probably like the 70-200. Here's a tip - get one of those lens from B&H or Adorama and if you find that range does not suit your style you have 30 days to return it (and pay shipping). Or buy both and throw away what you don't use

I like the range of the 100-400 but that's my preference (at least in the summer!)

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Wow, I love this pic.

I voted for the 100-400, but I cheated somewhat. I already own the 70-200 f2.8 IS II.
I will say that I like the idea of the constant f4.0, but the reach of the 100-400 would be more desirable for me over the 70-200 f4.


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Dec 16, 2012 16:50 |  #13

Romax12 wrote in post #15372995 (external link)
if you had only one lens, the 18-135 on a crop body, which of the above would you add to your bag and why?

i own both and use them for different purposes though there is some crossover. with a 1.6 crop i'd start with the 70-200 and 1.4 TC. you'll figure out fairly quickly if you want/need more reach.


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Dec 16, 2012 16:56 |  #14

For the record...I have a 70-200 Sigma f2.8 OS and I love it.. it's mainly on my 7D for longer range while I have my 24-105 on my 5D Mark III... I just recently Acquired a 100-400 for shooting up to 400 when I want the IQ of the 5D3... manily this is why I got it..... to take me out past 200 on the 5D3 and up to 640 on the 7D when I want it...


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Dec 16, 2012 17:00 |  #15

Like others have said, really depends on what you like to shoot. 70-200 is a *better* standard telephoto, that can also be used indoors or as a portrait lens aside from other things. Its IQ is superior to that of the 100-400.

However, if you mainly shoot wildlife, birds and sports like football, then you have to go with 100-400, its not even a contest. On a crop body 100-400 becomes practically useless for anything else.


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