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Changing My Canon L Lens...any Thoughts Or Help?  
User currently offlineDanpio From United States of America, joined May 2004, 131 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4100 times:

Hello all:

Right now I use a Canon 20D with a Canon 100-400 L IS. The 100-400 I have never been quite happy with. It seems mine is alot softer than everyone else's. I think i'm going to sell it in favor of a two lens system.

I'm looking at both these to replace my 100-400:

Canon 70-200mm F/4 L
Canon 300mm f/4 L IS
I would also get the Canon 1.4x extender.

What are your thoughts on my choice? Will the new lenses only be marginally better or tons better? Or will the 100-400 be better? I did drop my 100-400 on concrete from about 3 feet in height 2 days after I bought it, but it didn't even get a scratch. Maybe I should have mine looked at first to see if anything is wrong with the AF or IS, or maybe even a bad copy.

Also, if I did go this route, would the 300mm prime with IS be better than the 400mm prime without IS? I've heard great compliments about the 70-200 f/4, so is the f/2.8 even better? I need to control my $$$ at some point so I think i'll have to stick with the f/4.

Any help or opinions appeciated!


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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

Quoting Danpio (Thread starter):
What are your thoughts on my choice? Will the new lenses only be marginally better or tons better? Or will the 100-400 be better? I did drop my 100-400 on concrete from about 3 feet in height 2 days after I bought it, but it didn't even get a scratch.

Is the 100-400mm still under warranty? Send it in, they should be able to fix the issue you are having and then make you're decision.


User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4076 times:

I can't say much about the longer lenses, but I am saving up for maybe the 50-500 from Sigma. As for the 70-200 f/4 I find it is a great lens. It is crisp and has a good AF, it is also light and easy to travel with. The only lacking feature is the zoom. 200mm is not enough in some situations. I've shot with the 100-400 and was more impressed with the quality and sharpness of the 70-200.
-Matt



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User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Quoting Danpio (Thread starter):
What are your thoughts on my choice?

Less flexible than the 100-400 between 200 and 400+mm.
Of course, if you plan your shoots ahead, no problem with that.

Quoting Danpio (Thread starter):
would the 300mm prime with IS be better than the 400mm prime without IS?

I don't know which prime you are talking about at 400mm, I assume the 400mm f5.6L?

All depends on the light available. If you tend to shoot a lot during dusk / dawn, then go for the IS lens.

cheers,
F.( still happy with his 100-400 until he has money for that 400 2.8L  Wink )



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