Canon 70-200 USM L (non-IS) vs Canon/Tamron 70-300 IS/VC

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Canon 70-200 USM L (non-IS) vs Canon/Tamron 70-300 IS/VC
Jul 7, 2012

I am looking for a lens to use for photographing wildlife and for "action" shot of my son and husband ie playing football, running. I would also like to use it for longer focal length portraits. At home I have a tripod to use in low light or for portriats but with a 3 year old I often leave my tripod at home as I have enough to carry.

Would I be able to hand hold the 70-200 at 200mm or would I find it near impossible with the lack of IS? I cannot afford the IS version and would be looking at the non-IS used. My other alternatives are the canon and tamron 70-300 IS/VC. How do they compare in terms of IQ, AF speed and accuracy?

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