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Old Jan 25, 2005, 5:49 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any opinions on the aforementioned lens?

it seems to be fairly fast at f 4.0 with good fast motor and internal focusing. i am looking for a good zoom that goes to 300, and this one looks to be the best for the price (800ish)
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Old Jan 26, 2005, 6:19 AM   #2
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I have the 120-300 f/2.8:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...48&forum_id=65
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic2/168829


The 100-300 f/4 is sharper still... It's like comparing a 70-200 f/4 vs a 70-200 f/2.8
http://www.photographyreview.com/PRD_85165_3128crx.aspx


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Old Jan 27, 2005, 2:51 AM   #3
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alright, so for a 100 bucks more they offer the 80-400 with image stab...

should i stick with the faster constant f4 or go for the image stab with more zoom but give up a stop of light or 2.. how is the sharpness on that one.. does anyone know?

this will be my first venture out of canon made glass...just wanna make sure i make a good choice
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How important is IS to you?
1. The 80-400 does not come in HSM -> not as fast in AF (not as quiet) and no full-time manual AF overide
2. If your subject is mostly static then stabilization will help greatly
3. If this lens is for action shots then forget stabilization because you'll need all the higher shutter speed that you can afford by the faster f/4 to freeze the movements anyway :?

... but then with a few $100 more you can get the 100-400L IS with ultrasonic
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 5:34 PM   #5
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thanks.. i shared many of those same thoughts, just wanted someone to concur with me!!!!



and i dont think i could have afforded the extra 200 anyways, let alone the few 100 more for the 100-400L IS.. (UNFORTUNATELY!!!) :roll:
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Well you forgot - you'll need the $170 to buy the 1.4TC -> 420mm f/5.6 anyway

... Some marketing guy must have a spreadsheet and has all this figured out already!

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