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Old Dec 15, 2004, 3:51 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm moving into the DSLR camera worldand I'm considering the 300D as an option. In the UK in kit form (Body, 18-55 lens, Grip, Flashgun and CF card) I can get this for £750 (including the Canon £100 rebate).

As I take lots of Sports Photography (mainly Rugby) I was also considering buying the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM.

I believe that for me havingIS is one of the key elements (as well as image quality) as I'll be hand holding the camera.

Has anyone used this lens ? What's your thoughts on it regarding image quality etc.

Would anyone suggest an alternative lens choice ?

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Old Dec 16, 2004, 12:26 AM   #2
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If you are buying that lens for mainly the 300mm focal length to isolate action from the sidelines, you may be better off with a 300mm f4 IS lens, which is actually a cheaper lens here in the US. From what I've seen in the few online reviews the 70-300 DO lens is not at it's sharpest at 300mm and wide open at f5.6, meaning you have to be at f8 to get a really sharp shot at 300mm. Will that work for you? If so the benefits of the zoom feature may make it a better deal.

I've been shooting a 70-200 f4L for over a year now & have always felt "short" at the 200mm level, wanting that little bit of extra reach a longer lens gives without having to crop my images 30-40%. I pondered over buying the 70-300 DO for a few weeks, but wound up buying the 100-400L instead.

The only problem with zooms like these are the relatively slow maximum apertures. Fortunately the high ISO performance/noise levels of Canon's DSLR's make them viable tools today for those of us who cannot afford the f2.8 big guns. I've posted an image I took this past weekend at an American "football" game. It was in the evening, so even with the well lit field and shooting at ISO 800 at f5.6 and zoomed to 340mm the shutter speed wasn't quite fast enough to completely stop the action, but I like the motion inferred in the picture. The helmet and white jersey are tack sharp in the full-sized image.

The other question that comes up when you start looking at these lenses is overall system weight. I used to never carry around my 70-200 f4L because I though IT was heavy. After using this 100-400L zoom for 4-5 hours at a time the 70-200 f4L feels positively great. I'll probably travel with it now as my "light" alternative.
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Old Dec 16, 2004, 8:39 AM   #3
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IMO there's a hole in both Canon and Nikon for a 'good' zoom in this range... If you are not particular about branding then there's an excellent and affordable Sigma 100-300 EX with a constant F/4:
http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#Ztelel

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Greg & NHL - Thanks for your replies.

I'm looking for a lens that will give me the ability to shoot fairly close when the 'action' is in front of me and then to zoom out when it's further away, so I'd see myself using the full range of 75 - 300 (120 to 480 on the 300D at x1..6I believe).

I'll take a look at the suggested alternative lenses that you both mention.

Cheers,

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FYI with a 1.4x teleconverter (ie 140-420 @ f/5.6)
http://morrobayphotos.com/Sigma/100-300/
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Excellent photos - can I ask what camera you are using and how do you manage to keep the photos so sharp when you're shooting them at such a long distance.
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Here are some tests I made with the 70-300 DO lens I just bought.

http://www.pbase.com/vciinc/70300_do



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Thanks for posting these photos

It's great to actually see some photos taken using the DO lens.




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Excellent photos - can I ask what camera you are using and how do you manage to keep the photos so sharp when you're shooting them at such a long distance.
They're not my pictures, but I believe they are from a Nikon camera because of the DSCN extension... I just want to stress in that link the various indication that the Sigma 100-300 f/4 is still excellent with a match Sigma 1.4x TC extender.

I've sold my 50-500 and bought the 120-300 f/2.8 (which may be too heavy for you) instead to go with my 10D for the exact same reason... Most of my shots are @ f/2.8 for the 'Bokeh'. I only need the longer range occasionally and the 1.4x/2x teleconverter let me achieve that
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