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Is Canon 75-300mm Is That Much Better?  
User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

Currently I have the Canon 75-300mm USM and am thinking about upgrading to the one with IS. Does the IS lens produce far better images than the other one? Is the IS lens also soft at full focal length? I would like your opinions and experiences. I know some of you would suggest I should probably go with 70-200L lens but I don't want to spend more money right now. I'd rather buy a 400mm L lens down the road. Thanks for your feedback.


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User currently offlineJAT74L From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 618 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5376 times:

The IS version is good for still shots in less than perfect light but, for moving aircraft then the switchable IS axis mode of the 100-400L IS is unbeatable in my book.



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User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5359 times:


I had both lenses... And to be honest, quality wise I liked the non IS version much more... I don't found the IS useful, because it didn't work while panning... I sometimes had the feeling the results were even worse with IS switch on... Although for non aviation and static stuff it was quite nice, especially in low light...

I now have the 70-200 L, that's a whole different story  Wink


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User currently offlineFlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5336 times:


I would say, better always depends on what you want to do with it. Im currently using a Canon EOS 300D with a Tamron 28-300mm lens without IS and after a little while of getting used to it it works like a charm. I mean, of course IS is great for poorer light conditions, let's say for shutter speeds below 1/125s but above that I don't think it really matters if you have IS or not. And you said your lens is soft at full focal length, which I think can only be a matter of you not holding the camera 100% steady which I admit is hard at 300mm, but like I said, an IS won't change that unless in poor lighting.



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User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5325 times:
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Hi Ivan,

Take a look at this thread. There I posted a reply, where I also make a link to other threads that you may find informative on this subject.



User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5310 times:

There seem to be mixed impressions among users. Thank you to all who replied. Paul, thanks for the links I found my answers there as well. I tried searching but... you know how that function works sometimes. I think I'll just stick with my non-IS lens and just upgrade to 100-400mm L later on. Thanks again.


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1602 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

My "IS" is certainly soft at the 300mm end.

IS is useful in low light and for near static subjects but it does not like moving aircraft and does not cope very well with them.

(Is it just me but do aircraft taxy too fast nowdays)

User currently offlineDRAIGONAIR From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 709 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

I used to have the 75-300mm USM III and I went to upgrade to the EF100-400mm and that one also has IS...would suggest this lens Big grin Get IS and 400mm!! Only if your budget allows it though!




User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5203 times:

Im using this lense on a 350D and it does a solid job. Although the softness on moving aircraft in good light is not to be taken lightly.

User currently offlineFly747 From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1497 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

It is possible to get a good shot in low light even without IS. I am happy I got this shot accepted in the DB. I shot it with my 300mm lens early morning. Sorry for the self plug, you don't have to click on it.

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Quoting DRAIGONAIR (Reply 7):
Get IS and 400mm!!

I will get it sooner or later, seems like one of the best lenses around.


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