Lens poll: Which 70-xxx is best?

Started Aug 3, 2011 | Discussions thread
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In reply to Nathaniel George Weir, Aug 3, 2011

Nathaniel George Weir wrote:

Which Canon Tele Lens IS Better?
Criteria to be met: Image Quality, Price, Build Quality, Size, Happiness Factor

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L USM
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM

Clearly somebody must have asked this question at a camera store somewhere.

B=best
W=worst

price:
B: 70-300 IS and f/4
W: 70-300L

IQ:

B: f/4 IS and 70-300L (70-300L better roughly 70-90mm and 180mm-300mm (f/4 IS + TC for 200-280))
W: 70-300 DO

Build:
B: all the L and probably the DO
W: 70-300 IS easily

size:
B:70-300 DO
W: 70-300L (unless you care more about lenght and then the two f/4)

weight:
B: 70-300 IS
W: 70-300L

happy happy joy joy:

B: 70-300L (f/4 IS if you don't need above 200mm often or 70-300 IS if you are dead beat tired and find the low weight a joyful relief)

W: 70-300 IS (erratic AF can reduce HHJJ a lot) or maybe 70-300 DO (erratic IQ can reduce HHJJ when you get back and look things over from what I hear if you are picky) or maybe 70-200 f/4 if you coukd've made use of IS and ended up either getting bogged down with tripods at tiems you didn't want to be or get blur for your efforts

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