Thinking of upgrading the Canon 70-300 IS

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jayrandomer
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Thinking of upgrading the Canon 70-300 IS
Apr 1, 2012

This is my second oldest lens and I'm starting to become disappointed by the quality of images, even stopped down. When I do take it out of my bag, I generally find I'm using at 300mm almost exclusively, so that might explain my general disappointment. My wife wants to buy me something camera related for our anniversary and I'm thinking of getting an upgrade.

I'm primarily interested in landscapes. I'm also interested in wildlife and birds, although I understand that even 300mm with my current camera isn't going to generally get me very far (we did just get a bird feeder, though).

Things I've considered so far:

70-200 f/4 IS : seems like a great lens, I'm afraid I'll miss 300mm
70-200 f/2.8 IS (I/II) : rarely use f/2.8, can't justify added expense
70-300 f/4-5.6 IS : the problems might be behind the camera
70-300 f/4-5.6 IS L IS: I like the original, is the L a solid improvement?
100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS : better focal length range, not sure of IQ improvement

300 f/4 L IS : I mostly use 300mm, might miss middle range,don't know much about this lens
500 f/4 L IS : my wife likes me, but not this much ;-),

I'd love suggestions/recommendations/comments on something to replace it with. This list is clearly not exhaustive (especially for 3rd party lenses) so please feel to add what I didn't. Thanks for any suggestions.

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My current gear is: 5d2, 24-105, 50mm f/1.8, 100mm macro, 70-300 IS (non-L), 24TS-E II

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