HarryImp
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75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:02 pm

Hi all

I have been set on the 75-300 iii usm for a while but today, the 70-300 is usm lens came to my attention. It is however a lot more money, and I will have to wait a bit longer in order to buy this, and was wondering is the extra price worth it.

Also is the price increase due to just the IS, or other factors?

If anyone has any views on either lens, let me know!

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:18 pm

Quoting HarryImp (Thread starter):
Also is the price increase due to just the IS, or other factors?

Optically, the IS version is a newer and slightly better lens. However, it's not worth spending a lot more money just for IS in my opinion. It has its uses, but unless you're shooting slower shutter speeds, you'll not see much of a benefit. IS only works with sutter speeds under ~1/250th so if you are shooting on a nice day, you'll probably be using more than this and therefore won't get any use from it. It depends what you're intending you use it for really. Bear in mind, both these lenses start to get soft over 200mm. They're still usable, but they do get softer the closer to 300mm you get. You get what you pay for when it comes to lenses unfortunately.

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:15 pm

Are you talking about the 70-300L IS lens?
 
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:00 pm

Quoting Andrew50 (Reply 2):
Are you talking about the 70-300L IS lens?

No, he's referrring to the non-L version. The L version is obviously in a different league (and price bracket).

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:10 pm

There is also Canon 55-250 IS which is probably even cheaper than 75-300 and images taken @250 mm can be accepted here.

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:29 pm

Choose the more expensice 70-300 IS, but not buy it!

Buy the same price Canon 70-200 f4 L.
 
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:23 pm

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 3):
No, he's referrring to the non-L version. The L version is obviously in a different league (and price bracket).

I haven't used the new 75-300, but far as I've read, it's quality (and price) is more in line with the 55-250.

The 70-300 IS USM is a fair bit better than the 55-250, having used both lenses as my main telephoto (on Amazon, the 75-300 is listed at $140 new, while hte 70-300 is $520).

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 1):
Bear in mind, both these lenses start to get soft over 200mm.

My 70-300 is usable out to around 260mm.
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:52 am

Quoting eggohoek (Reply 5):
Buy the same price Canon 70-200 f4 L.

I agree, then save for a 1.4x.
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:02 am

Quoting RonS (Reply 7):
Quoting eggohoek (Reply 5):Buy the same price Canon 70-200 f4 L.
I agree, then save for a 1.4x.

I had the 75-300, I got fed up of 'soft' rejections on here so when and bought the 70-200 f4 L. I have never looked back. You'll see far better images from that lens that the 75-300. I know its only 200mm but when editing I find you can crop images quiet alot more too.
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:04 am

Harry - add me to the list who would argue for the 70-200mm f/4 'L'.

In days of old I used the 70-300mm IS lens (admittedly, I think it was the older model and I have never had a go with the newer version), and it was fine generally, But what really struck me when I upgraded to the 'L' lens was that a photo taken at 200mm with that 'L' lens, and then cropped in to mimic the focal length of the 300mm, still had a lot more detail and clarity, despite the cropping, than that produced by the non-'L' 70-300mm at 300mm. So I could 'mimic' the extra reach of the 70-300mm by cropping the originals and still get significantly better quality images.

It was those tests I did at the time which demonstrated to me that fundamentally the opticals are superior in the 'L'. The non-IS f/4 70-200mm is amazingly portable and a lovely lens for all kinds of photography (and consistent across all focal lengths). The bargain 'L' lens.

As I say, it may be that the newer version of the 70-300mm had superior optics - but in your shoes I would want to see evidence of that.

Zoom reach is great but overally quality trumps it every time for me.

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:44 am

Out of the two lenses you have shortlisted, go with the 70-300mm IS USM. It focuses faster, has IS and is built much better then the 75-300mm. But for a vast improvement that is still relatively cheap go with the 70-200mm f4 L USM. And if you can afford it get the IS version as the optics is slightly better.
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:02 pm

Yes but that 70-200 is out of the question due to range + cost. So is there any more info?!

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:25 pm

Quoting HarryImp (Reply 11):
Yes but that 70-200 is out of the question due to range + cost. So is there any more info?!

You'll get the argument that the 70-200 F/4 L will give better quality when cropped than the 70-300 IS USM will at 300mm so it depends how often you'll be using the longer end of the range. If cost is a barrier, then either save-up for the 70-200 or go for the 70-300 IS USM.

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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:49 am

Quoting HarryImp (Reply 11):
Yes but that 70-200 is out of the question due to range + cost. So is there any more info?!

Choose the cheaper 75-300 III USM.
70-300 IS is the most expensive version. 70-300 IS is not a only one lens in all of the life. When you would like a really good lens you have to sell the 70-300 IS -----> loosing money.... more money if you have to sell a cheaper lens.

Buy a second hand 75-300III USM (in my country it's about 100 GBP or less).
 
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RE: 75-300 III USM Or 70-300 Is USM

Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:06 pm

Quoting SIA6696 (Reply 10):
Yes but that 70-200 is out of the question due to range + cost

You can pick up a near Mint condition second hand Canon EF 70-200mm F/4 L USM (Non IS) for about £399. AWESOME lens

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