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Old Mar 27, 2012, 7:04 PM   #11
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Yes it is better then the 55-250, but it still is too short for most birds shooting. But for larger animals it works pretty well. It does focus faster then the 55-250. It is not L lens optical quality. Another lens in the 70-300 range is the tamron 70-300 VC USD.

I have the 70-300 IS USM and that is the one I used for shooting wildlife. But it is not a bird lens. That will be the canon 100-400L or the sigma 50-500 or 150-500.
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 7:08 PM   #12
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This is about what you can expect when shooting birds with a 70-300 lens.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...fe-refuge.html
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 8:23 PM   #13
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Thanks shoturtle, those shots look good. Most of the wildlife I'm shooting are close by. I sit on my deck at the trailer and I get all kinds of birds at the feeders(humming birds, blue jays, cardenals, woodpeckers ect). I also get chipmunks, foxes, racoons and the deer come right up to the deck and we feed them out of our hands. The 55-250 lens is my dads so I'd like to get my own and I thought the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens would be a good replacement and maybe a little bit better.
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 9:27 PM   #14
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The 70-300 would be a good range for what you are shooting.
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 2:12 PM   #15
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I can get the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for $499.99 on Amazon.ca. Most of the reviews I've read said it had excellent quality in the lab tests and they said it was close to some of the L glass lenses. They said the UD element added to this lens made a big difference. They also said it did much better than my 55-250 kit lens. This is probably the lens for me considering I can't afford the lens I really want (CANON EF 100-400MM/4.5-5.6L IS USM for $1,800)
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 2:15 PM   #16
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That is a good price for that lens. I really like the one I have. It does the job without costing an arm and a leg.

Yes I have almost pulled the buy button on the 100-400L many times. I just can't get myself to do it at the end of the day. It is a excellent lens. The push pull zooming gets a little getting uses tool. But it is a great lens for wildlife.
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After a lot of comparing and thinking about what lens is best for me I've decided to go with the CANON EF 70-200 F4 L USM LENS. When it comes down to it the IQ is the most important thing to me. I can get this lens for $699 Canadian and it will be nice to have my first L lens. I could also get a 1.4 TC later on if I want more zoom.
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That is a very good lens, it will give you excellent iq. If you get a tc down the line get the can one, works way better on the L the 3rd part ones.
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I would always buy Canon. Better quality control and support. Buy Tamron if you have limited budget but you may spend more on repair at the end...
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I have both the Canon 70-300mm IS and Canon 70-200mm L F2.8 non IS. Both lenses give me very good IQ. I'm not even sure I can tell the difference between pictures taken with each lens when viewing them on the computer. I use the 70-300 over the 70-200 a lot of times because the 70-300 has IS and my 70-200 does not have IS and I shake too much nowadays.
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