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Old Oct 22, 2011, 3:15 PM   #1
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Default Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS Opinions?

Just wondering what people thought about this lens? I currently own a canon 50d, 85 1.8, 18-200 3.5-5.6 IS.
I am looking for something that has a longer reach, won't break the bank cause it will not be a go to lens. My daughter is in marching band. She is positioned more to the back side lines this year. I know it won't be great under the field lights but I have been able to get some nice shots with my 18-200 of other band members. I also would like to use the lens to take some shots of birds.
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Just wondering what people thought about this lens?
The Canon 70-300 IS is a good choice.

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... My daughter is in marching band. She is positioned more to the back side lines this year. I know it won't be great under the field lights ...
If you're talking about taking photos at night under the lights, you might be better off with a larger aperture than a longer focal length. Perhaps a 70-200mm f/4.0 or even f/2.8 would be a better choice.

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... I also would like to use the lens to take some shots of birds.
For birds, especially small birds or distant birds, 300mm might not be long enough.
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Old Oct 22, 2011, 3:42 PM   #3
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When do you plan on using the lens, the 70-300 in not a night time lens. As it is not very bright at 270-300mm. But works well in daylight.
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The birds would be at my feeder.
The football games are at night but under the lights.
This is what I have been getting. But I would like to be able to have more reach.
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A 300mm focal length will give you an angle of view about like this:
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That would be perfect cause what I really want to take pictures of is farther back. I used this photo as an example of the lighting and how my current lens is working for me.
Will it be roughly as sharp at my current lens at 300? vs 200?
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Will it be roughly as sharp at my current lens at 300? vs 200?
It will be way better.
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Just to jump in and say you've had good advice. The 70-300mm IS USM is a great lens for the money and you are getting OK shutter speeds (although slightly under exposed) at the same settings as the lens will allow so that should be fine.
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Thanks! I am so glad I posted this. So I think it is settled I will order this one! It will be for Christmas!
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