brettdespain
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Canon 28-300mm Lens

Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:06 am

Hi all,

Does anyone have any experience with and/or own a Canon 28-300 IS L lens? I've been looking at this lens and also the canon 100-400mm IS lens as well.

Any pro's and con's that I should be aware of? Perhaps you wouldn't mind sharing where you bought your lens and the purchase price? Your comments are appreciated.

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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:28 am

Hi Brett,
I have a 100-400 and just ordered a 28-300, which I should receive in January  hissyfit .

I can't tell you how it behaves - yet - but from the research I did (plenty!) it seems to be a marked improvement over the 100-400 in terms of zoom action (push-pull, you get used to it) and most importantly for me, the IS.

There are a couple of photogs here who use it, it would be nice to know first-hand about its performance.
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:34 am

Quoting RG828 (Reply 1):
it seems to be a marked improvement over the 100-400 in terms of zoom action

?? What's wrong with the 100-400's "zoom action"? You can't get much easier then a one touch push pull.
 
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:45 am

Quoting JeffM (Reply 2):
?? What's wrong with the 100-400's "zoom action"? You can't get much easier then a one touch push pull.

Nothing wrong with it, but apparently the 28-300 is a lot smoother! Hell, I once tried a Vivitar 100-400 that was plenty smoother than my 100-400.
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 10:08 am

Hi Brett,

I use a 70-300mm DO IS lens, that has had mixed reviews. For me it does the job, but if I were to go out and spend the money again, I might be tempted to pay a few hundreds pounds more and get the 100-400 L IS.

Other than not wanting to spend that much, the main criticisms I have of the 100-400 is that a lot of the time I am close to aircraft and have difficulty fitting them in the frame at 70mm, let alone 100mm. The other thing is, if you're shooting through a mesh perimeter fence, the diameter of the lens is such that you get a dark line running across some part of the shot.

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Tim.
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brettdespain
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:19 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments. Very informational.

I do most of my shooting from within an airplane so I'm a little leary of swinging around a large lens in a small space. My other concern is that I'm limited on the amount of camera gear I can take with me. Because of that, I'm looking to pack a single lens with a good range that will give me normal to telephoto ranges with the Canon 10D. My first impression is that the 28-300mm IS L would fit the bill, but would empty my bank of other bills  Wink

I'm open to more suggestions, if you have any.

Thanks,

Brett
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 5:28 pm

Try contacting Bailey through one of his pics, he owns one of those.

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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 6:17 pm

You can always look for a 35-350mm 'L', they are not made anymore and don't have IS. I would never be without mine and you do still see them on the secondhand market.

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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 6:23 pm

Hi Brett,
If you want to see some pictures, just search under my name (wim callaert - Brussels aviation photography). All pictures taken since august 29th 2004 are with the 28-300L lens. I can assure you that it's a great lens.
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Tue Nov 29, 2005 9:27 pm

Hi Brett,

I'm the happy owner of a 28-300 L and I must say it's a real "allrounder".
Just browse through the database to see some results.
Most of my shots from the past year I took with this lens (I added a comment about the lens most of the time).

The main advantage of this lens is the great flexibility you get.
Shooting 300mm approach shots on one runway and 28 mm side-ons only seconds later on the taxiway without changing lenses!
Cloning dust particles away is history with this lens  Smile

some pro's:
1.) great zoom range
2.) good optical performance
3.) no lens changing needed
4.) it's an "L"  Smile

Of course there are some cons as well:
1.) its price
2.) you have to stop down a little more at 28mm to get best performance...from f/7.1 will do.

Nevertheless if you have $2500 to spend and you need a versatile lens, this is probably the lens you want to buy.
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RE: Canon 28-300mm Lens

Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:24 am

Wow, thanks very much to all who have replied to this thread!

It looks to me based on all of your responses that I can't go wrong with either the 100-400mm or the 28-300mm.

RG828:
I hope your lens gets to you soon. Let me know what you think when you get it.

Jid:
I called my local camera stores and no one has a used 35-350mmL. I'll continue to look and thanks for the tip.

Javibi:
Thanks for the tip. I'll send him a note.

Minoeke & Jhribar:
Thank you both for your input. I think I'm leaning more towards the 28-300mm lens. It looks like you're both getting great results.


BTW everyone, I checked out your photos - great work!  Smile

Regards,

Brett
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