JimmyLWH
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How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:47 pm

Hi all,
I currently have a Sigma 100-300/4, and I'm thinking if I should have a 300mm lens, like Nikon's 300/4D. The 300mm prime lens is good no doubt, but the fixed focal length means I can't take whole fuselage shots easily. Hesitating about that.

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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:49 pm

What don't you like about your 100-300? As a general rule, a prime is going to offer superior image quality in theory - whether this will translate into an improvement of your images to justify the cost is an entirely different matter!

While I tend to advocate buying the best glass you can afford, this might not be the solution to a particular problem which may be related to technique or the camera (eg. issues with noise).

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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:08 am

Best lens I ever bought.
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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:23 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 2):
Best lens I ever bought.

Amen. Of course it can be too long sometimes, even more so if you insist on side-on pictures.

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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:59 am

You should consider renting one first to see if it'll work for you.
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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:15 am

I would have little use for a 300 mm prime.
Depending on the circumstances, it would either be too long or not long enough.
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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:11 pm

Quoting viv (Reply 5):
I would have little use for a 300 mm prime.
Depending on the circumstances, it would either be too long or not long enough

I have 70-200 and 500mm (sold my 300mm f4 to help pay for the 500) - guess what focal length I miss the most  

I have held off on replacing the 300 as the plan was to get whatever Canon replaced the 100-400 with. Sadly that has taken much longer than expected, and the price looks like it may be a bit rich!

Fortunately the 70-200 f4 IS works very nicely with the 1.4x convertor, and I can live with the loss of a stop. The old 100-400 is not an option as I know it doesn't match up to either the 70-200 (with or without the 1.4) or 500 so I see no sense in taking a step backward.

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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:58 pm

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 3):
Amen. Of course it can be too long sometimes, even more so if you insist on side-on pictures.

That is why I also have a 80-200 2.8   
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RE: How About A 300mm Prime Lens?

Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:07 pm

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 7):
That is why I also have a 80-200 2.8

So do I. Well, 70-200 2.8 VR   
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