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70-200f4 LIS USM 70-300 L IS USM

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barbara:
Hello!
I have a Canon Rebel T2 and 17-55 f 2.8 lens
I want to know for a telephoto lens can anybody help me in choosing between the 70-200 f4 L IS USM and the 70-300 L IS USM
MI is for my travels
thanks

Random Orbits:
The added reach of the 70-300L is nice and you don't lose too much speed (less than a stop) over the overlapping focal length range.  The 70-300L's IQ also compares well to the 70-200 f/2.8 L II + 1.4x.  The 70-300L is a little heavier but it is more compact.  My vote between the two is for the 70-300L.

ahab1372:
Agree, the 70-300L is a great lens. Since you mentioned travel: It also retracts shorter than the 70-200 (but has a slightly larger diameter I believe)

greger:
70-200 F4 IS USM is an excellent lens. I don't think extenders can be used on the 70-300 L making it not as versatile as the 70-200.

LetTheRightLensIn:

--- Quote from: greger on January 29, 2013, 05:49:49 PM ---70-200 F4 IS USM is an excellent lens. I don't think extenders can be used on the 70-300 L making it not as versatile as the 70-200.

--- End quote ---

How is it less versatile when it effectively already has a built in 1.4x TC (plus you don't get stuck f/5.6 the entire way and it delivers better image quality 201-280mm and 50% faster AF than the f/4 IS + 1.4x TC)? The 2x doesn't look so great on the f/4 IS (and on some bodies you could use a kenko 1.4x TC with the 70-300L if you wanted to also push things).

The 70-200 f/4 IS does seem to AF much better with extension tubes on it though for macro work.

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