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Old Aug 7, 2004, 12:15 AM   #1
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I just bought a Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM Autofocus Lens to mainly take pictures of birds and other wildlife, and after taking a bunch of pictures with it, I'm pretty disapointed with the sharpness and quality at 300mm. So I think I'm going to return it. The question is, is there a better affordable lens that goes to 300mm that is better than the EF 73-300mm?
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Old Aug 7, 2004, 2:25 AM   #2
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If this is the under $200 75-300 less image stabilization, nope. In that price range that is what you're gonna get with most any xx-300 zoom, no matter who the maker is. Optically , for the most part it is true you get what you pay for. Even high quality third party zooms aren't cheap.

For not much more, maybe $250-$300 total you would be MUCH better off optically finding a second hand 100-300 f5.6 L. Its a little dated mechanically, but it'll beat the pants off Canon's other xx-300 zooms. I would even pick it over the 75-300 IS if I had to have a zoom that topped out at 300mm.
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Old Aug 7, 2004, 9:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. I'm going to do some more looking. All this lens stuff is so confusing.
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Old Aug 8, 2004, 8:25 AM   #4
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The Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM is probably the sharpest zoom in this range of recent vintage. Not cheap, but it's better than its excellent 120-300mm f/2.8 cousin for a fraction of the cost (or another prime) at a slight lost in aperture... but fast for a 300 (hence the weight), and usable with a 1.4X so it's still a bargain!

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/s...rt=7&thecat=29
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Old Aug 14, 2004, 12:50 AM   #5
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I have the 75-300mm IS zoom & really like it. However, if you want to zoom it out all the way to 300mm, I suggest that you use a VERY strudy tripod (I have 2 Bogens - one has the 3265 Grip action ball head & it is really not as well suited for the the lens at 300mm as is the 3030QR head). I also suggest that you invest in the Canon Cable release for your camera & in addition to using a good tripod, turn the IS to 'On'. I do have a couple of pretty sharp images that I took hand-held, but I still prefer the tripod route, or even a good Monopod.

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