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nighthawk
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Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:06 am

I just recently bought a conon 350D, and am now looking at aquiring a decent lense for the camera. At the homent I have two choices:

70-300mm IS USM £369
75-300mm USM £174

Is there much benefit to getting the Image Stabalising lense, especially for use with aviation photography? Its fair bit extra, and im wondering if its worth it?
 
Fly747
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:17 am

If you're thinking of buying the IS lens for £379, why not spend £75 more and go for the 70-200 f/4. Much better piece of glass.

Ivan
 
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:25 am

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 1):
70-200 f/4.

IIRC it's one without IS the 70-200 f/4 IS is more expensive.

I have the 70-300 IS USM and thinks the IS is worth the money, don't expect wonders but I liked it in tricky light conditions.


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And, the 70-300 has a better range, I would buy a 70-200 too if I would'nt need the long end.

georg

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Fly747
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:49 am

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 2):
And, the 70-300 has a better range, I would buy a 70-200 too if I would'nt need the long end.

It has more reach, but its performance deteriorates after the 200mm mark. I used to shoot with the non USM version and never went past 200 mm because it just wasn't sharp enough.

Ivan
 
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:58 am

Quoting Fly747 (Reply 3):
I used to shoot with the non USM

You talk about a different lens. There's the 70-300 IS USM only one version and there are numerous versions of the 75-300 including/excluding IS and with different USM (I/II/III).

georg
 
Fly747
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:00 am

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 4):
You talk about a different lens.

Sorry about that, I didn't read it properly, yes I was talking about the 75-300. Still I'd prefer the 70-200 f/4 to the other one. Depends on the guys needs of course.

Ivan
 
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:04 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):
70-300mm IS USM £369
75-300mm USM £174

Is there much benefit to getting the Image Stabalising lense, especially for use with aviation photography? Its fair bit extra, and im wondering if its worth it?

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0508/05082207canonlenses.asp

It basically says buy the IS version... Its got better glass, the IS and great AF. It will be a good aviation lens, much better beyond the 200mm mark of the 75-300mm.
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:57 pm

I used to own a 75-300 USM mk. III and it was a great lens for the money - though as Ivan says it was very soft and the colours very muddy above about 220mm. I believe the IS version is of a little better quality and, obviously, has the benefits of IS. Myself I don't need IS because I refuse to shoot in crappy conditions, so my 70-200 F4 L does me just fine. I agree totally with Ivan - spend the extra and get the 70-200 F4 L. OK, you lose 100mm (never been that big an issue for me) and IS but the quality of image this lens delivers is second to none. You are getting a much better lens for your money; and besides, there are other ways of improving your images in low light rather than using IS.

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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:18 am

Im also looking for a new Canon lens and Ive been loking at:

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Any thoughts? Is there a better choice?

Im somewhat worried about low light situations such as at dusk.

Thanks,
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Fly747
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:23 am

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 8):
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Any thoughts? Is there a better choice?

Can't go wrong with that choice, probably the most popular among Canon shooters.

Ivan
 
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RE: Canon 70-300mm Is Or Non-IS Lense?

Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:22 pm

I bought the 70-300mm IS a few years ago, while a friend had the 70-200mm f4 non-IS. Given the choice again I would definately side with the 70-200mm f4. OK no IS, but its an L lens and the quality over the 70-300mm IS is massive.
Its also compatable with the 1.4x converter if you want the extra reach, full autofocus and excellent quality still.

As for the 100-400mm, that the one I use now and wouldn't change it for anything!

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