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Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:41 am
by korpenko
Hi
I had bought initially a 75-300 for my Canon 60D. The version without IS nor USM.
It had brought me some quality pictures (one accepted picture, one that needs re-editing) but I wasn't completely satisfied of the F5.6 and of the autofocus so I bought a 70-200 F4L IS USM.
It seems that the 70-200 can reveal more details at 200mm than the other one at 300mm
Here is a bottle of Powerade, two 100% crops from the two lenses, full aperture for the F4L and best aperture (F8) for the other one


Should I sell the 75-300 ? I am under the impression that the 70-200, despite its shorter focal length, can only give me better results, even if I have to crop.

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:23 pm
by angad84
The 70-200 f4L IS is a beast of a lens. I use it almost exclusively when I have good access levels and don't need the reach of a longer lens (400mm+ usually goes for air shows and the like).

So yes, the 75-300 is pretty much redundant when paired with any of the 70-200L lenses.

Cheers
Angad

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:48 pm
by ckw
Sell it and buy a 1.4 convertor. You'll then have a 5.6 zoom capable of going to 280mm and I think you'll find the quality still better than the 75-300

Cheers,

Colin

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:01 pm
by vikkyvik
Quoting ckw (Reply 2):
Sell it and buy a 1.4 convertor. You'll then have a 5.6 zoom capable of going to 280mm and I think you'll find the quality still better than the 75-300

I have sporadic success with the 1.4. But if the 75-300 is the cheap Canon lens, you'll probably get just as good results, if not better, with the 70-200 at 200mm.

I have the 70-300 IS USM, and it's utterly useless above 250mm. The 70-200 F4L totally knocks it out, even wide open at F4.

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:51 pm
by len90
You also are comparing two lenses that are in separate levels. The 70-200 is an L lens and probably one of the best lenses on the market, definitely the best lens I have ever used. I personally like it better than my 100-400L, but the 100-400 gives me the extra reach that is something I need to have. Now the 75-300 is one of Canon's entry level lenses. The quality of the glass in it is inferior to that of the L lens.

My overall thinking: you get what you pay for.

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:48 am
by korpenko
Yes, but I would have thought the extra magnification of the 300mm could get me more details than 135mm.
I did some testing and it turns out I have the same level of details with 300mm F8 and 135mm F4. Now I knew the L series was way better but I couldn't have guessed it would be so huge.
Plus it seems I can sell it for 150 AUD which is pretty satisfying !!

By the way, would you prefer a 70-200 + 1.4x extender or your 100-400L ?
I don't know if I will buy the 100 400 or if it will replace my 70 200. I might just buy a good extender, which will be way cheaper.

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:41 am
by angad84
Quoting korpenko (Reply 5):
By the way, would you prefer a 70-200 + 1.4x extender or your 100-400L ?

Definitely the 100-400L, at least in my experience. I'm not a huge fan of teleconverters and the sharpness hit and reduction in AF speed that comes with them.

If you can get a good copy of the 100-400L, it will outperform the 70-200L (with or without the extender) for distant subjects. Of course, getting a good copy is easier said than done.

Cheers
Angad

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:38 pm
by ckw
Hmm I'd pick the current 200-70 f4 with a 1.4x over the 100-400 any day. Though I will agree that with the 2x it doesn't quite match up.

Cheers,

Colin

RE: Sell It Or Not?

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:30 am
by korpenko
The main advantage of the 1.4x is that it costs much cheaper. I have read that some extenders are cheaper and better than the Canon one. So if the quality is not drastically reduced I will go for an extender.
(The first picture I had accepted in the DB was taken with a 75$ 75-300mm F4-5.6 III)