My thoughts on my newly purchased 70-300 4/5.6 USM IS L Lens

Started May 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: My thoughts on my newly purchased 70-300 4/5.6 USM IS L Lens
In reply to john1900, May 24, 2012

I don't think that IQ is much better than the 70-300mm NON L. I guess you pay for the build quality, that's all. Many people have been disappointed about this lens IQ not being L quality. And, is super heavy.

I upgraded from a 70-300IS to 70-300IS L. The L is noticeably better in many ways, but the overall difference is I get many more keepers and generally significantly better quality images. The L:

  • is sharper (especially wide open at 300mm)

  • has better colour/contrast

  • has much faster focusing

  • has better IS

  • has better build quality

  • is shorter but is heavier

Though f5.6 is slow for a maximum aperture, the lens delivered good bokeh on portraits (makes my 17-55 IS look very averagein comparison ..... though focal length trumps the aperature difference in this comparison)

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