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Has any hobbyist regretted buying a “big white”?

 
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Feb 04, 2014 08:05 |  #1

I am seriously considering the jump to a big white within the next few months... The 300mm f/2.8L II IS.

The price is a bit of a turnoff though... I have plenty of great lenses, but my three powerhouse lenses (16-35 II, 24-70 II and 70-200 II) can all be had for near the price of one single 300mm...

I know I will find the 300mm useful and this lens has always been on my "dream" list... I rented the Mark I IS from CPS years ago to use with my 7D at the time and was a bit underwhelmed in its performance (I believe a dud copy though or something...) as my 300mm f/4 IS and 400mm lenses I owned near the same time were sharper, and overall better performers. Weight wise, I am fine with it to hand-hold… Heavy, but nothing I can’t handle walking around a zoo, amusement park for an hour or two, etc… Plus the “II” drops a tiny bit of weight.

But for someone who is strictly a hobbyist 95% of the time, I wonder if anybody else has had buyer’s remorse afterward with a lens such as this? I could get away with using a slower telephoto, such as the 300mm f/4 IS or my 70-200 II with an extender for what I shoot most of the time… But I would love the ability to get 420mm at f/4 with 4-stop IS and excellent IQ, or even 600mm with the 2x III… Kind of a 3-in-1 deal. Plus, I see myself as a “collector” of sorts as well, and the 300mm would be quite awesome to add to my lineup.

To help justify the purchase to myself a bit more, I graduate in May after 7 long years in College (mechanical engineering) and I already have a full-time job in my field 6-months prior to graduation and see it as somewhat of a big gift for myself for reaching my goals of where I want to be... No student loans, car payment will be gone by the end of the year… And of course, the lens will be paid in full up front, so I won’t be paying interest on it or anything…

Any input is appreciated… I know this is one of those “what can we really say?” topics, but I figured I would ask for some type of support from those who have done similar purchases!


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Feb 04, 2014 08:19 |  #2

With 5.7k posts in, at least you know about this "what can we say" culture so...

What can we say? ;)

Loosely translated, it also means "why the heck not?"


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Feb 04, 2014 08:25 |  #3

Have you considered the tamron 70-300vc for a fraction of the cost? I think it's an amazing lens


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Feb 04, 2014 08:29 |  #4

The only thing I regret about big white glass is selling it.




  
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Feb 04, 2014 08:31 |  #5

You've written you have plenty of lenses (lucky young guy! ;) ), sell some of them you don't use often, to have only your favourite focal lengths covered, like the 300mm of your dreams...

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Feb 04, 2014 08:33 |  #6

This is a bit like posting in a performance/sports car enthusiasts forum and asking if you should really get the M3 or just settle for the Camry. What do you think people are going to say? :lol:


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Feb 04, 2014 08:37 |  #7

No regrets, in fact, since I got my big white I've hardly used any other lenses!

The funny thing is, they don't seem big after a while, but when I pick up my 300f4 that feels tiny!


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Feb 04, 2014 08:38 |  #8

Scrumhalf wrote in post #16662457 (external link)
This is a bit like posting in a performance/sports car enthusiasts forum and asking if you should really get the M3 or just settle for the Camry. What do you think people are going to say? :lol:

or asking a bunch of junkies if they think you should stop shooting up.

Would it help you if you consider the lens as an investment or at least a hedge against higher prices? while Cameras go down in value, the big white lens hold their value pretty good. If you buy now, sell in 5 years your actual cost will be much lower. OR if you know in advance when you will use it. Rent it for a weekend and see how you like it. I'm sure THAT won't be addicting


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Feb 04, 2014 08:49 |  #9

The 300mm f/2.8 is obviously an amazing lens, but if I had that kind of money to spend on photo gear I'd probably go for a zoom (100-400 or 70-300L) or a 200mm f/2L IS instead. It all depends what you shoot and how much focal length versatility you need. For me, 300mm is great for wildlife but too long for almost everything else (on crop, admittedly). With the 200 f/2 you would have a fantastic low-light lens for sports, events, portraits, etc. and still have the ability to get 400mm f/4 with an extender.


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Feb 04, 2014 09:04 |  #10

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! ME is a good field!...

Normally, I do a review search in B&H to see what the audience thinks. The lowest rating on this was 5 stars!... Stellar!...

Normally, I would advise a young guy to the side of caution! Your car may be paid off, but a house may be coming up?... marriage?... With this in mind, I'd say...

Take the leap!...:D You'll figure out the rest later on!


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Feb 04, 2014 09:18 |  #11

328somewhere wrote in post #16662446 (external link)
The only thing I regret about big white glass is selling it.

... never sold one ...

but I HAVE regretted buying glass that wasn't "L" level, and then finding I seldom used them because my "L" zooms were, all in all, as good or better for the job, so to speak ... but I can't see ever regretting buying an "L".

I want a 300mm f/4 IS myself ...

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Feb 04, 2014 09:31 |  #12

I miss my 300 f/2.8L IS I. A fabulous lens!
As I almost always had an extender on it, my 500 suits me better though.
It would be nice to able to afford another $20-$30K. in Canon glass.:)


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Feb 04, 2014 10:07 |  #13

A resounding "NO". My 70-200 2.8 II is WONDERFUL. I use it for Birds, Ball games, & other sports.
I am HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY with mine.
When talking about lenses, that lens and my 17-55 2.8 IS (not a big white) are my best 2 purchases.


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Feb 04, 2014 10:18 |  #14

As good as the 70-200 is, I think the OP is talking about jumping to the BIG whites which do require a fair bit more commitment in the handling dept.....

Don't forget you may have to also upgrade any mounting system you currently use.....plus a new bag would be nice.....


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Feb 04, 2014 10:24 |  #15

It's your money... go for it.

But, have you considered renting? How much have you used this lens? How much WILL you use it?
I looked at a few pages of your Flickr and don't see anywhere where you might have used something so long.

To me, dropping that much coin on a big lens that will not get used that much just makes no sense. I'd rather buy an entire studio lighting setup or take a vacation to Paris or put the money in the bank.

Just playing devils advocate here... Give you some things to think about.


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