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Old Jun 26, 2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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First post on this forum. I have just won 2nd place in a Canon EOS comp where the prize is A$2,500 worth of camera gear. Just when I thought I had all the gear I ever wanted, now I have a quandary which lens to get. My line up is 5DII, Canon 17-40 f/4L, 24-70 f/2.8L, 70-200 f/4L IS, 135 f/2 L, 300 f/4 L IS, 100 f/2.8 macro and a Canon 15 mm fisheye. I am debating the newish Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS which comes well within the $2,500 and gives me around $670.00 left over. I am talking Aussie prices here BTW. I have often salivated over the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II but the weight of close to 1.5 kilos has often put me off as has the price of close to $3,200

So your thoughts on the 70-300 L would be much appreciated. If I am happy with the latter, I would possibly sell my aging 300 prime along with my beloved 70-200 f/4 L as both would be a tad redundant. The minus with the 70-300 is the variable aperture but if the end product shines, then this I am sure can be overlooked.

Advice would be much appreciated.
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Old Jun 26, 2011, 4:42 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Congrats on winning a very nice prize.

Have a look at this thread:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...f-4-5-6-l.html
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 1:11 AM   #3
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Thanks Corkpix. I have read many reviews, 95% of them are positive so I bit the bullet and ordered it.
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Old Jun 27, 2011, 8:16 PM   #4
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Hi Sheila

G'day from Adelaide and welcome to the forums here. Well done on the 2nd prize.

I have the Canon 70-300mm L (and commented in the post that corkpix referred to). That was several months ago. Further to that, I can confirm I continue to love my Canon 70-300mm L lens each time I use it.

I've uploaded a recent gallery here https://picasaweb.google.com/1974.paulj/YorkesJune2011 and you'll see some photos there using that lens on my Canon 7D. (Check out the Exif. I also had my 15-85mm lens with me).

I think you won't be disappointed that you ordered the lens. Even with Canon L lenses there is sample to sample variation (still a small issue QC). My copy is critically sharp across the frame on my 7D at any aperture and focal length combination. It's possible on a full frame the edges will be somewhat less sharp (eg according to the test of their lens copy on www.photozone.de), however from most accounts it is superior to most other telezooms.

The contrast and, colour are superb. It's super fast and accurate to focus, and the 4 stop IS is very effective. Additionally it's lighter than the 70-200mm f2.8 lenses and feels moreso in the field (as it's centre of balance is closer to the camera body). I've used a few Canon 70-200mm and Canon 70-300mm lenses and the Canon 70-300mm is covers such a great focal range and being very sharp everywhere just makes it the 'go to lens' for me. It's only slightly slower than the 70-200mm f4 versions (as it's at f5 till over 200mm).

Most times when I got out, I have my Canon 7D matched with the 15-85mm and 70-300mm lenses. It gets me most of what I need, from landscapes to birds in flight to casual portrait (either tele end of 15-85mm or wide angle of 70-300mm L). The 70-300mm even does close ups reasonably well too (eg flowers, with a great background blur). All in all both lenses offer very good handling and optical quality.

All the best for you 70-300mm L. I encourage you to share some photos on these forums, and let us know how you go.

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I took a peek at your photos Sheila and I'd have to wonder how you can in 2nd! Your photos are inspiring. I love them! Thank you very much for sharing your website.
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I also can second that you will love the 70-300L. I picked one up about 4 months ago and it continues to please. Sharp focus and great color! Steven
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Thanks all (especially your kind comments on my second place). I am so enjoying this lens and bit the bullet and sold my beloved 70-200 f/4 L IS along with my 300 f/4 L to a friend who was looking to buy a couple of good Ls. Here is a gallery I have dedicated to this lens which I have had a couple of weeks.

http://www.pbase.com/sheila/canon_70300_f456_l_is

Before I bought this, I was constantly changing from my 70-200 to my 300 with the resultant dust bunnies but now I have a perfectly good lens which encompasses all focal lengths.

Regarding my 2nd place in the comp, this is the image in colour which I took almost 6 years ago with my old 20D and Canon 135 f/2 which I certainly won't part with. (Can't seem to get the pic to embed but here is the link)

http://www.pbase.com/sheila/image/132465948


He has since passed away apparently but I am trying to find out if his widow would like the canvas print I received from the competition. I didn't know him but coincidentally, he used to work for a friend of my husband's. It was a candid shot I took when I saw him sitting on a bench in Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

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Here is a gallery I have dedicated to this lens which I have had a couple of weeks.

http://www.pbase.com/sheila/canon_70300_f456_l_is
This forum really needs a 'thanks' button.

Those are excellent pictures Sheila.
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Thanks all (especially your kind comments on my second place). I am so enjoying this lens and bit the bullet and sold my beloved 70-200 f/4 L IS along with my 300 f/4 L to a friend who was looking to buy a couple of good Ls. Here is a gallery I have dedicated to this lens which I have had a couple of weeks.

http://www.pbase.com/sheila/canon_70300_f456_l_is

Before I bought this, I was constantly changing from my 70-200 to my 300 with the resultant dust bunnies but now I have a perfectly good lens which encompasses all focal lengths.

Regarding my 2nd place in the comp, this is the image in colour which I took almost 6 years ago with my old 20D and Canon 135 f/2 which I certainly won't part with. (Can't seem to get the pic to embed but here is the link)

http://www.pbase.com/sheila/image/132465948


He has since passed away apparently but I am trying to find out if his widow would like the canvas print I received from the competition. I didn't know him but coincidentally, he used to work for a friend of my husband's. It was a candid shot I took when I saw him sitting on a bench in Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

Sheila
Ok i'ts more practical to carry around one lens instead of having to switch between 2 but doesn't the combination 70-200mm f/4 L IS + 300mm f/4 L deliver much better quality results
I would have thought that maybe it was better to have a 70-200mm f/4 L IS with a 1x4 converter then the much heavier 70-300mm L , "photozone" do seem to say that quality loss is vary minimum at 280mm with the 1x4 converter on .

Is everybody still going to advice using the 70-300mm L
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Old Aug 18, 2011, 4:58 PM   #10
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The 70-300L is fantastic lens in terms of IQ, in my opinion (for the little it is worth) better than the 70-200 F4 IS +1.4 extender. Also the package is shorter and the IS is better. Many have favorably compared the IQ of the 70-300L to the IQ of the new 70-200 F2.8IS M2. The 300 F4 IS is good (I had one) the non-IS one is a little better. I like the 70-300L better for my everyday long zoom. Steven
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