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Old Aug 18, 2010, 8:51 PM   #11
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hello everybody
right now im leaning towards the canon 70-200mm f/4 non is
every review i have read brags about the superior image quality
i must confess that i absolutely love IS
but i would like one L lens quality glass in my kit and so far the price does fall in my budget
man im so frikkin confused but i gotta decide by oct/nov when the next henrys sale is on and hopefully i may scoop up a sale price
i sometimes goes on sale for about 660-700 canadian about the same price as the 70-300 IS
oh well will play the waiting game as i dont wish to rush into this as i did the sigma 70-300APO....which even is a nice lens but it does have its limitations
in low light i will use a flash to compensate
thanks again for all your remarks and advice from pro users like yourselves
anjoy the rest of summer
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 9:00 PM   #12
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At longer ranges IS really helps out for what you are shooting. The canon 70-300 is a good all around lens. It may not be as sharp as the 70-200 f4, but it is a still pretty sharp.
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Old Aug 20, 2010, 6:43 PM   #13
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I would take the L glass any day. You loose IS but gain in build quality. The images with the 70-300 are decent quality but the build is a bit on the cheap side with all plastic and when zoomed the barrel extends and all the way out its quite sloppy with a lot of movement and play. You also get a constant aperature with the 70-200.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 9:03 PM   #14
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thanks to all who responded
got a coupla months to decide
will save some cash and be ready
LIKE the 70-200L but also 'like' IS........no $$$ for both so gotta sacrifice one for the other
will also save for a MACRO.... canon 100mm f2.8 or tamron 90mm f2.8
gotta see how it goes
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cheers coz summer hasnt gone yet
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 6:55 AM   #15
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Take your time making the decision. One more tidbit about IS .... it doesnt do didly for moving subjects. Only camera shake and mirror slap. So in a low light situation with moving subjects you still get motion blur, not from camera shake but from their movement. If its static objects thats where it pays off.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 9:37 PM   #16
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Both Lens have their good things and bad things, it decides which thing you care more.

the sharper, faster and better built is 70-200 f4, the 70-300 has more reach, image stabilization
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