70-200 f4 L IS USM Vs EF 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS USM

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Abhinav Tyagi
Abhinav Tyagi New Member • Posts: 15
70-200 f4 L IS USM Vs EF 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS USM

Hi,

I want to know which would be better option for me to add new Lens on my Camera.

EF 70-200 F4 L IS USM or EF 70-300 F4-5.6 L IS USM

I want a telephoto lens, but getting confused b/w
better apperture of 70-200 and extra 100mm range of new 70-300.

Will I be missing extra 100mm if I choose 200 or missing background blur MORE if I choose 300. Can not make up my mind

I can bypass the price diff. b/w the two as of now (70-200 is about 20K cheaper then new 70-300 in India)

Thanks
Abhinav Tyagi

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Damoo Contributing Member • Posts: 925
Re: 70-200 f4 L IS USM Vs EF 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS USM

Both are very good lenses. I own the 70-200mm f4L IS. If you need the 100mm extra zoom, you can go for the 70-300mm L f4-5.6. It is also very sharp at 300mm.

While the 70-200mm doesn't extend while zooming, the 70-300mm does. However it works to your advantage of packing it in a compressed way.

I chose the 70-200mm f4L IS because I din't need the extra 100mm and sooner or later I wud be buying the 100-400mm.

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Schnapper Contributing Member • Posts: 991
Re: 70-200 f4 L IS USM Vs EF 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS USM

You could get the 70-200 plus a 1.4x extender. Then you'd have up to 280, with the first 70-200 at f/4 and the 200-280 at f/5.6.

But it is a hassle putting on and taking off the extender.

Martin Muehlemann
Martin Muehlemann Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: 70-200 f4 L IS USM Vs EF 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS USM

Abhinav Tyagi wrote:

Hi,

I want to know which would be better option for me to add new Lens on my Camera.

EF 70-200 F4 L IS USM or EF 70-300 F4-5.6 L IS USM

I want a telephoto lens, but getting confused b/w
better apperture of 70-200 and extra 100mm range of new 70-300.

Will I be missing extra 100mm if I choose 200 or missing background blur MORE if I choose 300. Can not make up my mind

I can bypass the price diff. b/w the two as of now (70-200 is about 20K cheaper then new 70-300 in India)

Thanks
Abhinav Tyagi

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Canon 60D, EF-s 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM

Both lenses are outstanding performers.

I had the 70-300L and it is a very good lens indeed. I ended up selling it because I needed f2.8. I would always get the 70-300L back if it would not be because of the price.

The sharpness at 300mm is much better than the one of the 70-200+1.4TC. Keep this in mind. If you want a 70-200, then get the f2.8 otherwise stick into the 70-300L

Cheers
Martin

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Marco Senior Member • Posts: 1,851
Martin...

I agree with your points.
My 70-300L is wonderful as far as sharpness in concerned.

Fast AF and impressive IS also, but as you know the overall speed and isolation at common focal lengths is nothing special.

I'm thinking to go f/2.8 too, but giving I don't have plans to get anything longer in the near future, how do you find the 70-200L II plus 2x compared to the 70-300L (or better the 1.4x but it seems you don't have that)?

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

Abhinav Tyagi wrote:

Hi,

I want to know which would be better option for me to add new Lens on my Camera.

EF 70-200 F4 L IS USM or EF 70-300 F4-5.6 L IS USM

I want a telephoto lens, but getting confused b/w
better apperture of 70-200 and extra 100mm range of new 70-300.

Will I be missing extra 100mm if I choose 200 or missing background blur MORE if I choose 300. Can not make up my mind

I can bypass the price diff. b/w the two as of now (70-200 is about 20K cheaper then new 70-300 in India)

Thanks
Abhinav Tyagi

-- hide signature --

Canon 60D, EF-s 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM

Both lenses are outstanding performers.

I had the 70-300L and it is a very good lens indeed. I ended up selling it because I needed f2.8. I would always get the 70-300L back if it would not be because of the price.

The sharpness at 300mm is much better than the one of the 70-200+1.4TC. Keep this in mind. If you want a 70-200, then get the f2.8 otherwise stick into the 70-300L

Cheers
Martin

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Martin Muehlemann
Martin Muehlemann Senior Member • Posts: 1,153
Re: Martin...

Marco wrote:
I agree with your points.
My 70-300L is wonderful as far as sharpness in concerned.

Fast AF and impressive IS also, but as you know the overall speed and isolation at common focal lengths is nothing special.

I'm thinking to go f/2.8 too, but giving I don't have plans to get anything longer in the near future, how do you find the 70-200L II plus 2x compared to the 70-300L (or better the 1.4x but it seems you don't have that)?

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

Abhinav Tyagi wrote:

Hi,

I want to know which would be better option for me to add new Lens on my Camera.

EF 70-200 F4 L IS USM or EF 70-300 F4-5.6 L IS USM

I want a telephoto lens, but getting confused b/w
better apperture of 70-200 and extra 100mm range of new 70-300.

Will I be missing extra 100mm if I choose 200 or missing background blur MORE if I choose 300. Can not make up my mind

I can bypass the price diff. b/w the two as of now (70-200 is about 20K cheaper then new 70-300 in India)

Thanks
Abhinav Tyagi

-- hide signature --

Canon 60D, EF-s 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM

Both lenses are outstanding performers.

I had the 70-300L and it is a very good lens indeed. I ended up selling it because I needed f2.8. I would always get the 70-300L back if it would not be because of the price.

The sharpness at 300mm is much better than the one of the 70-200+1.4TC. Keep this in mind. If you want a 70-200, then get the f2.8 otherwise stick into the 70-300L

Cheers
Martin

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 28 USM | EF 24-70L USM | EF 70-200L IS II USM | Extender 2x III | Speedlite 430EX II | Speedlite 270EX

http://www.muehlemann-pix.ch
http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/mypics/1125341

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Marc Twain

I sold the 1.4x TC because 280mm you can easily crop, while 400mm you can't. The sharpness of the 70-300L @300mm is sharper than the 70-200L + TC2x combo but not as flexible when you need large apertures.

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MrScary Veteran Member • Posts: 6,300
Re: Martin...

Go buy the 70-200 f4. The other one is Hyped up.

I got a 70-200 f4 and it's sharp. Great lens. I would not touch the 75-300 with a Barge Pole, waste of cash.
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Marco Senior Member • Posts: 1,851
Re: Martin...

Thanks

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

Marco wrote:
I agree with your points.
My 70-300L is wonderful as far as sharpness in concerned.

Fast AF and impressive IS also, but as you know the overall speed and isolation at common focal lengths is nothing special.

I'm thinking to go f/2.8 too, but giving I don't have plans to get anything longer in the near future, how do you find the 70-200L II plus 2x compared to the 70-300L (or better the 1.4x but it seems you don't have that)?

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

Abhinav Tyagi wrote:

Hi,

I want to know which would be better option for me to add new Lens on my Camera.

EF 70-200 F4 L IS USM or EF 70-300 F4-5.6 L IS USM

I want a telephoto lens, but getting confused b/w
better apperture of 70-200 and extra 100mm range of new 70-300.

Will I be missing extra 100mm if I choose 200 or missing background blur MORE if I choose 300. Can not make up my mind

I can bypass the price diff. b/w the two as of now (70-200 is about 20K cheaper then new 70-300 in India)

Thanks
Abhinav Tyagi

-- hide signature --

Canon 60D, EF-s 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM

Both lenses are outstanding performers.

I had the 70-300L and it is a very good lens indeed. I ended up selling it because I needed f2.8. I would always get the 70-300L back if it would not be because of the price.

The sharpness at 300mm is much better than the one of the 70-200+1.4TC. Keep this in mind. If you want a 70-200, then get the f2.8 otherwise stick into the 70-300L

Cheers
Martin

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 28 USM | EF 24-70L USM | EF 70-200L IS II USM | Extender 2x III | Speedlite 430EX II | Speedlite 270EX

http://www.muehlemann-pix.ch
http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/mypics/1125341

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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Marc Twain

I sold the 1.4x TC because 280mm you can easily crop, while 400mm you can't. The sharpness of the 70-300L @300mm is sharper than the 70-200L + TC2x combo but not as flexible when you need large apertures.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 28 USM | EF 24-70L USM | EF 70-200L IS II USM | Extender 2x III | Speedlite 430EX II | Speedlite 270EX

http://www.muehlemann-pix.ch
http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/mypics/1125341

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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Marc Twain

twistedlim Contributing Member • Posts: 764
Re: Martin...

MrScary wrote:

Go buy the 70-200 f4. The other one is Hyped up.

I got a 70-200 f4 and it's sharp. Great lens. I would not touch the 75-300 with a Barge Pole, waste of cash.
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It is hyped because it is a great lens. I used both and bought the 7-300. It is the sharpest canon zoom I have owned. It packs better and has longer range. They are both f4 until just over 100mm. At 200 the 7-200 has a 2/3 stop advantage. At 300 there is no compaison to be had. Not that much in the real world especially if you are looking at DOF. Waste of cash? Hardly.

SandyF Forum Pro • Posts: 14,939
Re: extenders on 70-200mmL/4 IS

The 2x extender doesn't auto focus on the 70-200mmL/4 nor do I think the IS kicks in (not sure of IS but it didn't seem to).

I've taken some photos outdoors, florals type shots, with the 1.4x II extender on the 70-200mmL/4 IS and I'm pleased with the results. Both AF and IS function nicely with the 1.4xII. Gives you effectively 98mm to 280 on the 70-200mmL/constant f/4.
Not any more hassle taking it off and on than changing any lens...
Sample from 263mm CROPPED, look at the largest size online
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twistedlim Contributing Member • Posts: 764
Re: extenders on 70-200mmL/4 IS

SandyF wrote:

The 2x extender doesn't auto focus on the 70-200mmL/4 nor do I think the IS kicks in (not sure of IS but it didn't seem to).

I've taken some photos outdoors, florals type shots, with the 1.4x II extender on the 70-200mmL/4 IS and I'm pleased with the results. Both AF and IS function nicely with the 1.4xII. Gives you effectively 98mm to 280 on the 70-200mmL/constant f/4.
Not any more hassle taking it off and on than changing any lens...
Sample from 263mm CROPPED, look at the largest size online
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandyfleischmann/6959414353/in/photostream

Best regards, Sandy
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandyfleischmann

Not to burst you bubble but you get and effective f5.6 when you put a 1.4 converter on a f4.0 lens.

From Canon:

Overview Service & Support Specifications Reviews Supplies & Accessories

Overview

This tele extender can be used with fixed focal length lenses 135mm and longer (except the 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus lens), and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L, 70-200 f/2.8L IS, 70-200 f/4.0L, 70-200 f/4.0L IS USM, and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS zoom lenses. Superb optically, it preserves the image quality of the lens it's mounted to and multiplies its focal length 1.4x. Effective aperture is reduced by one f-stop; autofocus is possible on any EOS camera when combined with a lens having an f/4 or faster maximum aperture. The new version II maintains the outstanding optics of the previous version, and adds enhanced weather-resistant construction, and improved anti-reflective surfaces in the barrel.

SandyF Forum Pro • Posts: 14,939
Re: extenders on 70-200mmL/4 IS

right, thanks for the reminder.
Best regards, Sandy
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