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70-300L for Outdoors?
« on: December 06, 2012, 08:31:12 PM »
     After much research I think I'm gonna go with the 70-300L for outdoor sports/school events/etc. to complement my 100 2.0/200 2.8 combo for indoor sports.  Before pulling the trigger does anyone have any final advice or insight into that choice?  My camera's a T1i.  I'll be sticking with that for awhile and probably staying with crop sensors.
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« on: December 06, 2012, 08:31:12 PM »

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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 08:43:16 PM »
I have one but I use it more for travel than sports.  The main advice I'd give it to be careful not to accidentally change the focus.  That lens has the zoom and focus rings reversed from the normal Canon placement.  When you handhold the camera the hand you cradle it with normally would rest on the zoom ring but for this one that is where the focus ring is.  It is annoying but I still like the lens.  It's IQ and IS are great!

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 09:41:54 PM »
Can't imagine you will regret that purchase.  I love mine and it's size is perfect...lives on my 7D.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 09:57:25 PM »
One of the underrated zooms from canon with excellent IQ and 'reach' especially on cropped sensors. I have nothing bad to say about it that is significant... A tad 'fat', dun't take extenders that I own, but the IQ and IS are stellar. Good OOF rendition on the tele end.
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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 11:13:15 PM »
I have both the 70-300 F/4-5.6 & 70-200 f/2.8 L II, and both are great Lenses, but. I lean towards the 70-200 heavily. My reasons are although the 70-200 is longer & heavier, it produces much better IQ than the 70-300, plus you have the versatility on the 70-200 of using the 1.4x & 2.0x Extenders, not something you can do on the 70-300. The only benefit I've seen to date with the 70-300 is a situation where you want to go light on what your carrying but still have 300.
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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 11:31:12 PM »
The 70-300L is a great, light weight, compact lens.  Great for travel.  If weight and ost are not of a concern, the 70-200 is a great lens.  But if you need the reach, I'd go for the 70-300L instead of 70-200 plus converter.  If you need more reach, the Kenko 1.4x teleplus pro will work with the 79-300L and AF works under good light without taping the pins on my t3i.  It is a good choice.
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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 01:04:24 AM »
I can only recommend this lens. I use it on a T3i and like it for its IQ, the compact size (retracted) and all the usual L stuff like build quality, AF etc.
The reversed zoom and focus rings are not an issue for me, I just hold the lens in the front and it does not feel unnatural at all, the barrel is not that long. But I might be a little more used to it because my 15-85 is the same way.
I chose it over one of the 70-200 because of the extra reach and the compact size when retracted - it fits vertically in my ThinkTank Urban Disguise with camera and lens hood attached. IQ is supposed to be better than 70-200 + 1.4 converter, according to TDP.
If you want to shoot wildlife/birds often, you might even want to consider the 100-400.  300mm is not very long for that, even on a crop camera. As others have reported, the 70-300L works well with the Kenko TC.

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 01:26:48 AM »
I can recommend the lens for APS-C cameras.

For FF I can recommend the EF 70-200 2.8 II L IS and the EF 300 2.8 II L IS.

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 01:37:02 AM »
You will not regret it.  I have both the 70-300L and the 70-200L IS II.  I prefer using the 70-300 unless the light is not optimal.  They equally sharp at 70mm.  The 70-300L is so much easier to carry in the bag and will not rip your wrist off after extended use.  Do get the Canon tripod lens collar when using on the tripod on the tele end.  The tripod collar will also prevent accidental focus shift.

Here's an example of how sharp this lens is, taken @200mm f11:

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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012, 01:56:46 AM »
You will not regret it.  I have both the 70-300L and the 70-200L IS II.  I prefer using the 70-300 unless the light is not optimal.  They equally sharp at 70mm.  The 70-300L is so much easier to carry in the bag.

+1 - I Agree.

As already said. Great lens and so much lighter than the 70-200l IS II. You really notice it after a full day.

But, the 70-200L IS II is f2.8 which can be very important when you upgrade your camera, and you can use extenders on it.

You can use some Kenko extenders on the 70-300L but I have not yet tried them.

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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2012, 02:03:16 AM »
The Canon Tripod Collar is not included and ridiculously expensive. I got a 3rd party (Fotodiox or something?) which works great - but I never use it. You won't need it much unless you shoot long time exposures
The lens has a zoom lock, but so far lens creep is not a problem on mine
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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 02:09:04 AM »
I haven't touched your camera but I've extensively used the 70-300L on my 7D (I borrowed the lens). The only thing it could do better is be faster, but you'll pay a fortune more for that. Otherwise, its damn good and very well worth it.

Great lens, good size, damn sharp, very fast autofocus and not a bad trying to be macro too at its closest focus. If you buy it, you'll have no regrets. The end. Happy shooting.

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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 04:34:13 AM »
@Cory


I am using it every week on my 7D for soccer games. It is an excellent lens. When it is more cloudy or mist, the ISO goes up. But you can still get great images even when you crop as long as your image is max 1280 pixels
I use the lens also for my desert trips every year. Weathersealing is excellent as well.


I use the 70-200 f/2.8 MKII on my 5D MKIII but only when the players are close on the field from where I position myself. It does not have enough reach even when you crop. Though the quality is superb
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2012, 05:59:33 AM »
Hi,
I have the T3i (600D) with the 70-200 F4L IS and find the weight balance perfect.

I tried the 70-300L but I found it very heavy in comparison and as the camera is light, this is very unbalanced.
May be perfect on 7D.
Image quality is great but i would advise you try it on YOUR body before buying.

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Re: 70-300L for Outdoors?
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2012, 06:03:38 AM »
I can only assist the above recommendations, esp. considering the price difference to the 70-200/2.8 or tele primes - the 70-300L has a good is-af-size-weight-reach-iq-price-buildquality tradeoff. But of course the sharpness is not on par with a prime @100% crop, but you wouldn't expect that anyway.

The one drawback (except the non-constant aperture if you want that) is that the af system slows down or might even hunt when the max. open aperture is only f5.6 when the contrast is low and the lighting is mediocre - but these are situations the lens isn't designed for anyway.

I have the T3i (600D) with the 70-200 F4L IS and find the weight balance perfect.
I tried the 70-300L but I found it very heavy in comparison and as the camera is light, this is very unbalanced.

Imho it has good balance on the 60d, too - but for a laugh try the 70-200/2.8 lenses, *these* are really unbalanced on crop because they are even heavier and longer which puts greater torque on the wrist.
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