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Old Jul 17, 2006, 6:15 PM   #1
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I'm sure that this question has been asked 1000 times or so, but I'll go ahead and ask again if anyone would be willing to offer me some insight. I'm wondering what would be the best "bang" for the "buck"... The 70-200 "L" and the 70-300 IS USM are very similarly priced and I was wondering if the "L" was such a better lens that it would be worth trading off the extra 100 mm and image stabilization for strictly glass. I'm looking for the best photo possible and would like some suggestions or anyone with experience with both lenses to give me some insight between the two. There isn't really a camera store around here anywhere close, so I'm stuck just reading reviews. While I can find pictures from each of these lenses online, I don't know which have been post processed and tampered with, so I really don't have anything to go by. There are tons of sites on the web that review camera bodies, but not much out there where lenses are actually reviewed as closely as the cameras (not that I've found so far anyway).



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Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
I would go with the L - much better construction!
-> Trade metal for the IS... :lol: :-) :G

With the 1.4x on the 70-200 f/4L (i.e. 280mm) edges out the 70-300:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...00_4/index.htm
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...56is/index.htm
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Old Jul 17, 2006, 7:25 PM   #3
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Awesome!!!!



Thanks for the reply and the link!!!! I greatly appreciate it!



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Old Jul 17, 2006, 11:41 PM   #4
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Here's some tests of a Canon 70-200 f4 vs 70-300 IS: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/manytests
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 2:45 AM   #5
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Awesome!



I appreciate the link!!!! I want one of these really bad... I actually want the 70-200 f/2.8L IS so bad that I can taste it, but there is no way possible that I could afford a $1700 lens anytime in the near future... I'm just hoping that one of these would tide me over until then.



Thanks for all the help everyone! I appreciate it!



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... I actually want the 70-200 f/2.8L IS so bad that I can taste it, but there is no way possible that I could afford a $1700 lens anytime in the near future... I'm just hoping that one of these would tide me over until then.
Why not compromise?
-> You can get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX if you can live without IS (i.e. mostly sport/actions... where IS won't help) at almost 1/2 the price:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_28/index.htm
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...28is/index.htm

-> The L slighly beats the EX @ 200mm, however the Sigma edges out the Canon at 70mm :blah:
IMO the Sigma has a better 'Bokeh' though: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/70200exl

BTW there's a new version with semi-macro ability... I would definetly get that and save myself another 'macro'...
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... I actually want the 70-200 f/2.8L IS so bad that I can taste it, but there is no way possible that I could afford a $1700 lens anytime in the near future... I'm just hoping that one of these would tide me over until then.
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Why not compromise?
-> You can get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX if you can live without IS (i.e. mostly sport/actions... where IS won't help) at almost 1/2 the price:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_28/index.htm
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...28is/index.htm

-> The L slighly beats the EX @ 200mm, however the Sigma edges out the Canon at 70mm :blah:
IMO the Sigma has a better 'Bokeh' though: http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/70200exl

BTW there's a new version with semi-macro ability... I would definetly get that and save myself another 'macro'...
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Yeah, the IS is the main thing that I really want from the lens, but the 2.8 ap would be great as well. I like doing more sports photography or mainly have the opportunity to do more sports photography than indoor low light situations, but I'd love to have a 2.8 IS so that I could get the best of both worlds... I dunno now though... You've brought up a very good point... I may have to look in to the sigma!



Thanks so much for the suggestions!

I appreciate the help!!!



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Yeah, the IS is the main thing that I really want from the lens, but the 2.8 ap would be great as well...
May be you know this already, there's no free lunch - the IS comes at a cost: The non-IS version of the lens is actually better optically
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_28/index.htm
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...28is/index.htm
-> Ever wonder why in lens tests they turn the IS off? :idea:

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Why not compromise?
-> You can get the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX if you can live without IS (i.e. mostly sport/actions... where IS won't help) at almost 1/2 the price:
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...0_28/index.htm
http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...28is/index.htm


BTW there's a new version with semi-macro ability... I would definetly get that and save myself another 'macro'...
Do you know if new Sigma version with semi-macro is same or better in MTF as the old version?
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Go here to http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...EF_70-300.htmlhttp://www.bobatkins.com/photography...ef702004l.htmlI think the EF 70-300 IS is a great lens especially the EF 70-300 IS DO.
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