Lens purchase decision - advice please

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G Dickson
G Dickson Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
Re: Lens purchase decision - advice please

Nick5 wrote:

TeeJay626 wrote:

I apologize if this goes a little long, but I need advice on a purchase I will be making very soon. I've given advice several times here, but really need a little "nudge."

I primarily shoot wildlife, and every year, go on a multi-week trip out west, primarily to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. This past August, we also visited Glacier for the first time (wow!).

I currently have a Canon 77D (don't judge me lol) and for this year's trip, I rented a Canon 100-400L II. WOW! To say I was blown away is an understatement. I've owned L glass is the past, which was a 300L f4 IS prime, but this lens is in a league of it's own. Even my wife, who can never understand my frustrations when looking at IQ from a lens, admitted the pics were amazing.


She gave me the go ahead to make the purchase. It should be a no brainer as the results spoke for themselves. But I am also considering another option. Here are my choices:

Canon 100-400L II at $2400US (possibly also getting the 1.4x III TC)


Tamron 150-600 G2 at $1200 plus

Canon 70-200 f4 IS II OR Tamon 70-200 f2.8 G2 (varied prices)

I know in my head the Canon should win out here, seeing the results I got. It paired very well with my 77D. But, the other 2 lenses are also tempting as I've herd very good things about the newer Tamron 150-600, and you can't go wrong with either 70-200.


You had me at “I shoot primarily Wildlife”

Canon 100-400 L IS Mark II.
Carry on.

I agree 100%.  I owned the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS which was optically stunning and is often compared to the Canon 300 F2.8.  But the IQ of the 100-400ii is as good (except de-focused backgrounds obviously).  But equally important (and for me actually more important) the size, balance and flexibility as well as superb AF and IS meant I ended up never using the Sigma and selling it.

The Sigma and Tamron super tele zooms are great.  But native AF wins every time for me.  For my uses a 70-200 is just not long enough.

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