sleekjet
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Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:16 am

Hey experts: Soon I'll have my grubby hands on the Canon 300D. I can only afford another $500-600 for a lens suitable to take wonderful shots at the airport.

I'm trying to decide between the Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM

and

the Canon 70-200 4 L USM

Obviously, one is the great "L" glass...the other has IS.

What would you do? Or is there another lens in this price range I should consider?
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wietse
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:23 am

the L, no doubt.

Why? Sharp, light, reasonably fast. You will upgrade eventually to bigger and better lenses. Once you do that you will actually still use the 70-200 F4 because it is such a nice lens in a great zoomrange. If you get the 75-300, I dont think it will be out of the bag once you have other L lenses.

Wietse
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portcolumbus
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:32 am

Go for the L. I have that lens and I love it. It's very fast, sharp, and easy to carry around, and it looks good.
 
sleekjet
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:36 am

Looks unanimous so far....thanks for the comments, too.
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INNflight
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:39 am

I would go for the 75-300... IS is not a "must have" on a lens, but more zoom is always good  Smile

regards, Florian
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wietse
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:40 am

You can always get more zoom later on. Then you will have a lot of zoom AND a lens you still use. If you get the 75-300, you will want to replace it eventually with something like a 100-400. If you do that, the 75-300 will be redundant.
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INNflight
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:43 am

Well... there, you're of course 100% right Wietse!

Sleekjet:

Why not save up some more money and buy a big zoom lens ( like the 100-400?) a few weeks later?  Insane


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mikec
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:42 am

You could always get a 1.4x extender to put on the 70-200 if there was a situation where you definitely needed more than 200mm. That takes it to 280mm with AF retained. You do lose 1 stop of aperture, but I don't find that a massive problem in most situations. I can't see any real loss in image quality with the extender on mine.

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MIA777
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RE: Help Me Pick A Lens

Fri Apr 16, 2004 4:01 am

It's amazing how much smaller this lens (70-200/4) is compared to the faster model. Definitely go for this one though because the IS on the 75-300 is only stationary mode (or whatever it is called, mode 1). This means you cannot pan with it and for aviation photography I think IS is only worth it with mode 2 as well.

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