« on: May 12, 2011, 11:32:00 PM »
QuoteYour thoughts guys on the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS or an EF 70-200 f/4L IS. There is somewhat of a price difference (approximately $300) among the two, with the latter being cheaper, yet older (2006). Should you choose one among the two in terms of value, what would it be? Both have very decent reviews and I'm looking to purchase one of them. Help me choose.
I was initially looking at the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II to compliment my EF 24-70mm f/2.8L on a 60D body, but the price is quite prohibiting.
I have both lenses, while I like the extra 100mm focal distance the 300mm gives you over the 200mm, it can't beat the sharpness of the 200mm. The 300mm is a bit dull and softer -which is great if you like that sort of imagery- when compared to the 200mm. In addition, the 200mm has a constant aperture of F/4 meaning if you're shooting video the exposure levels won't shift as it does with the 300mm as you're zooming in or zooming out.
But you CAN get sharp images out of the 70-300 with some PP. For many shots I took near 300mm, I messed around with the unsharp mask- boosted the sharpening from +3 to +6 and boom, it was just as sharp as the 70-200.
The images are definitely softer out of camera, though.