Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS vs Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS for landscape/travel photo?

Started Feb 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS vs Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS for landscape/travel photo?
In reply to Steve Balcombe, Feb 27, 2013

Steve Balcombe wrote:

trulandphoto wrote:

I, myself, would go for the 70-200. Size and speed would be the reasons. By 200mm the 70-300 is already at f/5.6.

No, it's f/5. And if you compare the speed over the whole 70-280 range, the 70-200/4 and the 70-300L are on average the same. This is exactly as you would expect, because they have roughly the same entrance pupil size (actually the 70-300L is very slightly faster).

OK, I was looking at the non L version. The L goes to f/5.6 at 229. Fact remains that the 70-200L is faster from 104 on up.

The only way the 70-200/4 is faster is if you don't want the 200-300 range, which is one reason why that is the key deciding factor, not speed.

If you want, bring along a 1.4x extender.

You can, but TCs are never convenient and it brings the total weight to within just 65 g.

But the total weight wouldn't be on the camera except when you wanted it.

I don't own either lens and I don't mind weight but I'd like the weight to be worth it.

For that purpose and with those choices I'd choose the 70-200 and bring a 1.4X.

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