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Old May 6, 2006, 11:24 PM   #1
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OK let me preface this by stating that I realize that both of these lenses are not of the greatest quality. This is just a short term "starter" setup formy Rebel XTand I anticipate an upgrade in the future.

Recently I acquired two Canon EF lenses

1) EF 80-200 f/4.5-5.6 II

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2) EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III (I believe the same optics as the IS version)

However I am only going to keep one and the other will be returned.

Which, in your experience, is the better lens? Or shall I say which of the two is less terrible? Is the Tamron 75-300 AF F/4.0-5.6 LD lens any better?

Thanks for any advice that you might provide.

The cost is nearly the same for both.
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Old May 7, 2006, 7:07 AM   #2
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Have you tested either of these lenses on your camera? I would see which one produces the better image, and then keep that one.

Another to look at that is about the same price is the Sigma 70-300mm DG APO F4-5.6 Macro. I have read good reviews on this lens. Many say that it is better than any in this price class.

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Old May 7, 2006, 6:46 PM   #3
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OK I took a few photos to try to compare the two. Unfortunately I don't see a significant difference with my as yet untrained eyes. Perhaps someone can give me some pointers as to what I should be looking for.

Better yet,what type of shots would differentiate the two lenses to a greater extent?

Here are the unretouched photos (only downsized to 1200x800)

Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III indoor @ 100mm



Canon EF 80-200 f/4.5-5.6 II indoor @100mm



Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III outdoor @ 200mm



Canon EF 80-200 f/4.5-5.6 II indoor @ 200mm


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There is no obvious difference between those two lenses. I've had a chance to compare 75-300 with 100-400L and 75-300 was close to more expensive 100-400. Not always, but in most of the situation.

I would definitelly keep 75-300 for it has better range! But it is your call!

Here it looks that 80-200 is a BIT sharper! But not much.



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Old May 10, 2006, 11:28 PM   #5
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Thanks for your input!!!

Any pointers on taking shots that might accentuate any differences between the two?

I've neve tested lenses head to head before
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By taking a quick glance at the images, it appears that the 75-300mm lense produces slightly warmer colors than the 80-200mm.
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Old May 11, 2006, 6:39 AM   #7
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Justin Hancock wrote:
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By taking a quick glance at the images, it appears that the 75-300mm lense produces slightly warmer colors than the 80-200mm.
I doubt this...
IMO this is just a typical error on testing lenses in uncontrolled condition :idea:
1. The 1st set of pictures are from a constant light source (i.e. indoor lighting judging from the shadow on the 'Nasonex' bee), and the images are quite similar in tone
2. Unless the camera is on manual the 2nd set of pictures could be attributed to anything other than the lens:
o Cloud cover could change
o Auto WB in the camera also affects color (i.e. keep the WB fixed for all shots)

-> Actually if one looks carefully at both pictures the 'warmest' change between the two lenses indoor vs outdoor :lol: :-) :G
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