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Old Nov 12, 2005, 12:50 AM   #1
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I just got in today the New Canon 70-300mm 4-5.6 IS USM to replace my Canon 75-300mm IS lens which I just sold last week. The differences are:

Smaller & Lighter, No zoom creep (has a Lock IF you need it), seems to focus fast - on Manual as well as automatic, has the New 3rd generation IS, seems to be really sharp. Still testing it. So far, I like it, what bit I got to shoot with it today.
Only thing - the Canon lens hood for this sells for between $40.00 & $45.00 - I will NOT pay that kind of price for a Plastic lens hood no matter who made it, so i got a Hoya Rubber Lens Hood for $14.97
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 12:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like a promising lens. Can you post some pics with the lense? Has anyone seen a review on this lens?
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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There are some images posted over in dpreview.com

I have some on my pbase site, but they are not full size pix. As soon as I learn how to save them as Originals, I'll get back to you on this one.
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 6:57 PM   #4
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does the element still rotate when focusing..
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Old Nov 14, 2005, 11:09 PM   #5
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Yes it rotates, doesn't bother me as I don't use a polarizer.

For pix, see:

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 3:48 PM   #6
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Here's a couple of reviews:

Canon 70-200mm f4 L vs 70-300mm IS USM - http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/311012

Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM vs 70-300mm IS USM - http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/306630/0
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Old Dec 30, 2005, 12:45 AM   #7
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See my site, plenty to peruse, including the new and greatly improved 70300IS http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/lenstests
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Old Jan 6, 2006, 11:07 AM   #8
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I'm looking to replace my Sigma 100-300 EX f4 with one of these new lenses. (Rheumaticky hands mean its getting to heavy to hand-hold + I shake a bit these days too).

I got "hands-on" with one today and was very impressed. The build quality isn't quite up to the Sigma EX standard but it handles well, feels better made than I was expecting from some of the comments I've seen. The IS works like a dream, I was even getting (just about) usable images from 1/15th sec with 300mm focal length - madness! At more sensible shutter speeds (1/60th > 1/100th sec @ 300mm with f5.6 to f8 it produced very acceptable images

The big bounus for me is lack of weight,its around 1/3rd the weight of the Sigma 100-300 EX. This one I will be able to hand-hold without problem.



Just got to trade off my lovely sigma now, I'll be said to see it go as its the best lens I used to date and is beautifully engineered (its a bummer getiing old!
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Old Jan 7, 2006, 3:39 PM   #9
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I'd been thinking about picking up a 70-200 f/4, but the decision has become more difficult. Now I have to consider both the 70-300 IS and Sigma's 70-200 f/2.8.
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Old Jan 7, 2006, 6:02 PM   #10
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vjack.. do check out fstopjojo's site which he has linked above... good examples and discussions there.. that should help you with your decision..

also it will depend on your purposes..

for wildlife and general telephoto stuff.. the 70-300 with IS gives you a little more range and to be honest i am quite impressed with the optics..

if sports or action is your forte... then the 2.8 on the sigma 70-200 2.8 will be very useful as it will allow you the shutter speeds you need to freeze the action.. this lens is also very good optically..

pick your poison, they are both good lenses..
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