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Comparing the Canon 70-300mm "L" vs Canon 300mm

 
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Oct 16, 2016 11:18 |  #1

Can anyone provide a comparison listing the pros and cons of these 2 lenses which would be used on a Canon 7D Mark II:

Canon 70-300mm "L" vs. Canon 300mm F/4L IS.

Bearing in mind that:

I also own the Canon 70-200mm 1:4 L IS lens as well as a Canon 1.4x extender.
My interests are focused in wildlife photography more often than not in lower light conditions (rain forests).

Thank You.


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Oct 16, 2016 14:27 |  #2

Bogino wrote in post #18158317 (external link)
Can anyone provide a comparison listing the pros and cons of these 2 lenses which would be used on a Canon 7D Mark II:

Canon 70-300mm "L" vs. Canon 300mm F/4L IS.

Bearing in mind that:

I also own the Canon 70-200mm 1:4 L IS lens as well as a Canon 1.4x extender.
My interests are focused in wildlife photography more often than not in lower light conditions (rain forests).

Thank You.

The 300/4 IS will be one stop faster and slightly sharper than the zoom when compared at the same 5.6 aperture. The 300/4 IS plays well with the 1.4 extender to give you 420/5.6 where as the 70-300L does not really play well with the extender. I believe they hit each other when you are not zoomed more than 270mm out. So if you zoom it to the wide end, the lens will hit the TC. The zoom obvisouly would prevent having to swap lenses when you need to go wider.

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Oct 18, 2016 00:01 |  #3

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One thing that may be important to you if you plan to use the lens handheld is that the 300 f4 IS has first generation Image Stabilization, which is good for about 1 1/2 stops. Meanwhile, the newer 70-300 L has third generation Image Stabilization, which is good for 3 stops.

So, for handheld situations in low light, the better I.S. pretty much cancels out any advantage that the f4 aperture gives you........except, of course, that the DOF will be shallower, providing a different aesthetic. But from a handholdability standpoint, the two lenses are pretty much equal, one being only a half stop better than the other when you factor I.S. and aperture together.

Of course, when using a tripod the I.S. is pretty much a moot point, and such usage would favor the prime, especially if using with either the 1.4x or 2x extenders.

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Oct 18, 2016 11:22 |  #4

Keep in mind that the IS does not freeze time, so it is worthless for moving subjects.
Since you already get to 280/5.6 with your 70-200/4 + 1.4x, the 70-300 would be redundant so I'd ignore that option.
Also, the 300/4 will not make your life much easier in low-light with just one extra stop.

The new 100-400 would be your best option.
But if on a budget and shooting moving subjects, I'd consider a used good old 400/5.6.


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Oct 18, 2016 11:28 as a reply to  @ CheshireCat's post |  #5

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Under the canopy of the rain forests, I don't think the OP will be shooting moving subjects......at least not with any intention of freezing the motion.

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Oct 18, 2016 23:37 |  #6

I own the 70-300L and the 100-400L II. I have owned the 300 f4, 300 f2.8 and the 100-400l I. I would not own a long lens without IS. also, I would only own the newest generation long lenses. forget about sharpness. all the new lenses are plenty sharp at all apertures and FLs. I don't even think about it any more.

the great things about the 70-300L are size and price. a LN used copy can be had for $900 or less. my choice would be (is) 100-400L II on FF which is similar to the 70-300L II on crop. for me I would not use a cropper in a rainforest because of noise.


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Oct 19, 2016 02:15 |  #7

Bogino wrote in post #18158317 (external link)
Can anyone provide a comparison listing the pros and cons of these 2 lenses which would be used on a Canon 7D Mark II:

Canon 70-300mm "L" vs. Canon 300mm F/4L IS.

Bearing in mind that:

I also own the Canon 70-200mm 1:4 L IS lens as well as a Canon 1.4x extender.
My interests are focused in wildlife photography more often than not in lower light conditions (rain forests).

Thank You.

Heya,

I shoot a 300 F4L IS on a monopod in canopy cover, dark canopy, in the rain even, and I really enjoy it. I can get down into the 1/50s areas without breaking a sweat and get really sharp images wide open. F4 is nice. IS and F4 is really nice. F2.8 and IS would be nicer, but costs too much for my blood. Ideally I would use a 300 F2.8L IS but it's cost it too prohibitive for my purposes, so the 300 F4L IS instead fits the bill very nicely in low light.

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