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Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 12:41 pm

Hi All,

I'm about to burn a rather big hole in the wallet with the purchase of my long awaiting 10D but I've been agonising which lens to get with the camera.

I currently own 2 average lenses... the Canon EF 75-300MM F4-5.6 III and Canon EF 28-105MM F4-5.6 USM. I'm quite certain I'd be chucking the 75-300 because I'm not too happy with the quality of the optics.

Been looking to replace the telephoto with the Canon EF 70-200MM F/4.0 L, Canon EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 IS or the Canon EF 70-200MM F /2.8L USM.

Any opinions or other recommendations out there?

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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 12:51 pm

Well if you can fork out the money for a 100-400L then sure go for it! It's an L lens afterall!

But if you are looking for long range but cheaper then sure it is the Sigma 50-500mm EX HPO HSM, that is truly the best in that price range from what I've read.

Or if you don't need the range, your best bet is the Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS!

It really depends what your budget is. But I'd say the 75-300 F/4-5.6 III at its price is probably the best out there (value for money)!

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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 1:06 pm

If you can spend $1500, drop the 70-200/4 from the race. It's a great lens but doesn't give you enough reach. A 70-200/2.8 IS + 2X TC Vs. a 100-400 is a tough call. I would go with the 70-200mm because of the option of shooting at F/2.8.

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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 1:41 pm

Do you get much offset in quality by using the 2x TC? And I believe both combinations would come up to pretty much the same price?

Any disadvantages to using a TC?
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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 4:19 pm

When using a 2x teleconvertor i believe the minimum aperture is 2 steps higher than what it used to be, i think the 1.4x converter only increases it by 1 step - so if u used the 70-200 f2.8 with a 2x converter , the min number would actually be 2 stops higher, i.e. 4.0 (or 3.5 - i forget).
I own the 75-300 f4-5.6 USM IS and I have to agree the optics are not very good at all especially at the high telephoto end  Sad
Ive heard very good things about the 70-200 f2.8 though, and with a 2x converter I don't think it would be the end of the world to have a f4.0 lens at 140mm, since the 100-400 is f4.5 at 100mm, id go for the 70-200 myself.

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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 5:00 pm

I've owned all 3 lenses.

The 70-200mm f4 is great - but I replaced it with the 70-200 2.8, partly for the extra stop but mostly for the IS, which is Canon's best implementation yet - good for 3 stops in my experience.

The 100-400 is also a great lens, and for aircraft photography, extremely versatile.

Having both the 70-200 & 100-400 plus the 1.4 & 2x convertors, there was a certain amount of redundancy. After careful comparisons, I determined that the 70-200 +2x convertor was slightly inferior to the 100-400 at 400mm. However at other focal lengths, the 70-200 is better than the 100-400 and with the 1.4x convertor it is at least as good as the 100-400 at 280mm.

In the end I sold the 100-400, but it was a difficult call - I should also point out that I have 2 bodies meaning the range of the 100-400 is no longer such a big factor for me.

A small point of correction to dazultra's note: the 1.4x convertor adds 1 stop to the effective aperture, making the 70-200f2.8 a 98-280 f4; the 2x convertor adds 2 stops making the lens a 140-400 f5.6. This is about 1/2 stop slower than the 100-400, however the 70-200's IS is better than the 100-400's. It is arguably better ergonomically as well, being a ring zoom instead of push-pull.



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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 5:31 pm

As the happy owner of the 100-400 IS can't go wrong with this lens if you are going to shoot airplanes. I have been able to shoot in very low light hand held with very nice results. It is also great for things like airshows where you may be tracking a fast moving subject and are worried about camera shake. The IS is a blessing.

If you are budget limited the Sigma line can be very nice. I had lots of luck with the 170-500 lens, especially when sitting on a monopod.

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RE: Which Lens For My Canon 10D?

Fri Nov 14, 2003 5:59 pm

Thanks for your useful comments everyone. After much deliberation, I think I've decided to go for the 100-400 IS. Colin, I noted your comment about the push-pull zoom and agree that its not as nice as a ring zoom, but the action is quite smooth and I think I should be able to get used to it. I think the main consideration for me was the cost. The 70-200/1.4x converter combo was going to be a quite a bit more than the 100-400. I'm already stretching my budget as it is so I thought I'd better not push my luck any further!

Ooh, can't wait till next week when I pick up the camera and the lens!

Happy shooting all!

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