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Old Jun 3, 2006, 10:43 AM   #1
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Thanks for the replies my other question. Here is one more question...

For taking handheld photos (with relatively steady hands), which do you believe would better results for the following scenerio:

Photographing birds at birdfeeders say 15 feet away, and cropping the photos with pretty much just the bird and the feeder in the picture.

Basically I'm trying to compare plusses and minuses with range and IS vs. cleaner/crisper photos with the L glass when wanting to crop photos.

I see both lenses are about the same cost (~$550 to $600) right now on amazon.com and other like sites.

Other lenses under $600 to consider for this type of application?

Thanks again!

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Old Jun 11, 2006, 5:38 PM   #2
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I have both the 70-300IS and the 70-200 2.8L IS. The image quality is about the same. The 70-300 has excellent image quality. I don't know about the 70-200 4L. If it were my decision, I would get the 70-300 lens. This has a longer focal length and IS.
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Old Jun 13, 2006, 7:31 AM   #3
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Unless you are hooked into only Canon lenses you might want to look at the Sigma 70-300mm APO lens. For around $200.00 there are not many lenses that can beat it.

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Old Jun 13, 2006, 9:45 PM   #4
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I agree with bluwing,if you dont need IS then I would go with the 70-300 APO sigma.I have it and love it.But out of the 2 lenses you have listed I would go with the 70-300 for the length as you never have enough length for bird photography.
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