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Old Jun 22, 2007, 12:26 PM   #1
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Which one gets the most zoom etc...

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Old Jun 24, 2007, 4:51 AM   #2
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Never heard for 75-300 F4. There is F4-5.6 version, which sucks. Best bang for bucks is Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO, if you're on budget.

80-200 has f2.8 version, but it is an old lens. There're Canon 70-200L f2.8 USM (1100$), and Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX HSM. Quite great lenses, but cost almost 10 times as 70-300 APO.

It's all up to you and your budget.

There's also an option you could reconsinder, called Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 USM IS. Quite good lens for ~550$. Good optics, stabilization, compact (f2.8 lenses above have 1,5 kilogram).
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 4:53 AM   #3
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Old Jun 28, 2007, 10:26 PM   #4
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which provides the best zoom, that is the main feature i am needing.

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Old Jun 29, 2007, 3:00 AM   #5
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It's simple, the bigger the number the more zoom (longer focal length).

However, what sort of thing are you wanting to shoot with this as focal length might not be the only consideration?
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 8:59 AM   #6
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if your main concern is focal length and not aperature then I honestly dont think you will see much difference between the 200 to 300 range. Best thing to do would be to head to your local lens store and test one out. Just put on the 300mm lens and set it too the 200mm mark, check your subject in the frame to see how close it comes to the edges. Then zoom to 300mm and see how much closer it is to filling the frame.

I have both a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and a Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6. After doing the above test myself, I nowleave the 70-200 on the camera 75% of the time eventhough it is a physically larger lens. I still have use for the extra 100mm of the other lens but unless I'm needing the reach (which once again IMO wasnt that much difference) The f/2.8 gives me the option for the larger aperature if I want it.

Now, if your asking about quality, someone else will have to give their two cents because I like both my lenses just fine. Plus there are other factors to weigh.

Give the test a try and hope this helps.
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