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User currently offlineHarryImp From UK - England, joined Jun 2011, 55 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

Hi all
I am looking to buy a new lens, and cannot decide between these two.
Can anybody make a reccomendation?

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User currently offlineyankeezephyr From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4012 times:

Hi Harry
I had a similar query and sought advice from a Canon users forum
I got some good feedback and after accepting the 100-400 was better, but nearly 3 times the cost of the 120-400 and double the 150-500 I brought the 120-400
Most of the replies I got were from bird fans, with them showing the relative merits of whichever lens they had

After a week or so, I decided I was more impressed with 120-400, it was lighter, seemed to have more positive reviews and less negative reviews than the 150-500, and I thought the sample images I was shown were generally nicer
No one had any experience using it for aviation, but a couple had used it for motorsport and showed some of their results

I understand there are 2 versions, an older one without OS and a newer one with, which is what I got

I haven't had a chance to try it out yet as the weather has been diabolical when I'm not at work, but a few quick tests around home show it has potential (i have been able to handhold at 400 down to quite low shutter speed and get acceptable shots (1/100 at 400 and 1/25 at 120) - they won't win any prizes, but...)

Not sure if this helps or not


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