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EF 100-400L Vs EF 70-300L  
User currently onlineItay747 From Israel, joined Aug 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4484 times:

I am selling my beloved 70-200. I have a dilemma with choosing my next bigger lens. I have heard and seen the 70-300L, it's sharper than the 100-400L but that extra 100 is vital! The 100-400 is a but softer than the 70-300 but it has a great range. Your suggestions? I am thinking about buying the 100-400, considering 300mm isn't that much of a different from a 200.

Cheers,

Itay

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User currently offlineCaptainKramer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

Hi Italy 747,

Are you talking about the Canon Zoom Lens? I just bought the Canon 100-400mm and if I could do it all over again I would buy the Canon 70-300mm f2.8 in a heart beat. The extra 100mm is not vital, plus the extra 30mm at the wide end always helps. But the extra sharpness is vital, and you can make up the loss in range by cropping the image in post, without any noticeable difference when all is said and done. Sharpness of the lens is very important. Plus you are shooting through less atmosphere with a shorter focal length.

But the biggest difference you will notice at the end of a day of shooting, wont be the slightly shorter focal length, your arms will thank you. That 100-400mm has some serious weight packed into it.

Edit : Another thing I forgot to mention, is that if you use a camera with a cropped sensor, you will get extra focal length free of charge, I'm not certain of the exact extra length, but it all helps.

Hope this helps.

[Edited 2013-03-06 11:46:06]

[Edited 2013-03-06 12:01:02]

User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2820 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4458 times:

Quoting Itay747 (Thread starter):
I am thinking about buying the 100-400, considering 300mm isn't that much of a different from a 200.

Before deciding on the lens, I would ask myself the question, what focal lengths do I need? Do you need 300mm? Do you need 400mm? Is 100mm too much? Once you've answered those questions, you'll have a pretty good idea which will be better for your particular needs. Personally, I find the 100-400 too long at the short end. If you currently use the 70-200 regularly in the 70-100mm range, you may miss it with the 100-400. Just a few things for you to think about.

Whichever you go for, both are great lenses. I very nearly parted with some of my hard earned for a 70-300 L in January, but managed to get me 50-500 repaired (after 3 attempts!).

Darren



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6335 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4434 times:

Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 1):
I would buy the Canon 70-300mm f2.8 in a heart beat.

What's this lens you're talking about? Only the 70-200 f/2.8 exists.. The 70-300 L is f/4-5.6, like its non-L brother.


I'm completely happy with my 100-400. I think I also prefer the push-pull mechanism over the conventional method.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9396 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4427 times:
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Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):
Before deciding on the lens, I would ask myself the question, what focal lengths do I need? Do you need 300mm? Do you need 400mm? Is 100mm too much? Once you've answered those questions, you'll have a pretty good idea which will be better for your particular needs.

  

Exactly.

Also keep in mind that there's a larger difference between 200 and 300mm than there is between 300 and 400mm. 1.5x zoom ratio versus 1.33x zoom ratio. 100mm sounds like a lot, but it really isn't when you get far enough out there.

The short end might make more of a difference - 70mm to 100mm is a 1.43x ratio.



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User currently offlineFYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 653 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4422 times:
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Strange comparison. There are very different lenses from different classes. Like you choose between Ford Focus and Mersedes C-class.

If you are going for result - 100-400 is your choise. If you are do it for fun - 70-300 is more than enough. Look at price-value point.

Regards,

Fyodor


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9396 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4419 times:
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Quoting FYODOR (Reply 5):
Strange comparison. There are very different lenses from different classes.

Huh? 100-400 L versus 70-300 L?

Same class, comparable cost, different focal length ranges....



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User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2820 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4409 times:

Quoting FYODOR (Reply 5):
If you are do it for fun - 70-300 is more than enough. Look at price-value point.

I think you are confusing the L and non-L version of the 70-300. Itay747 is referring to the L version which is in the same price and quality band.

Darren



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User currently offlineFYODOR From Russia, joined May 2005, 653 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4368 times:
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Sorry - I missed it is L lenses we are talking about...

Fyodor


User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3043 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4367 times:
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Hello Itay.

I experienced the very same dilemma that you describe, over a year ago.

Many enthusiasts suggest the 100-400 lens is the one, when it comes to generic aviation photography. I was wary of the fact the lens is not so young any more, and I had heard too many stories from people who had issues with their copies. So when the 70-300 'L' came out, and I heard such good things about it, that made the decision for me.

Pretty well all my photos here over the last year or so are taken with the 70-300 lens. I agree with the argument that the extra 100mm loss at the long end is more than made up for by:
* the very useful 70-100mm wide end of the lens
* the high quality, allowing cropping of 300mm shots
* the significant weight gain
* the lens is notably more compact
* the modern generation image stabilisation

If a new version of the 100-400 lens had been created, then more head scratching might have been required.

All the best.

Paul


User currently offlineNSMike From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

I own both and use the 70-300L 99% of the time. I like the 70mm vs 100mm on the short end. But I also own longer primes (400 and 500) so my needs may be a little different. I guess it depends on which end you'll get the most out of. If you didn't find yourself using 70mm-100mm all that often, go with the 100-400L.


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User currently onlineItay747 From Israel, joined Aug 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4308 times:

Thanks guys! Just got the 100-400. I have always known I needed that 100-40 range.

Cheers,

Itay


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