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kirkcha

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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2013, 11:32:04 AM »
I have been debating this same question for a while after switching to FF. I rented the 70-300L and the 70-200 f/4 IS last weekend and it was very beneficial to try both. Both had great IQ, maybe a very slight edge to the f/4 IS but I would be happy with either. For me I decided I could give up the reach to save weight (hiking), money and have f/4 at 200. I grabbed a refurbished f/4 from Canon, it will be here next week. The other reason I chose it is because my wife usually travels with me with a crop body if I need 300, which is only occasionally.

That being said if 200-300 is important, which it sounds like it might be, I would not hesitate to buy that lens. Weight felt very balanced on a 6D, compact, great IQ and loved the IS at 300. The only thing I didn't like was no tripod ring, which I would need.
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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2013, 11:32:04 AM »

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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2013, 11:49:52 AM »
The only thing I didn't like was no tripod ring, which I would need.

Just curious as to why you'd need a tripod ring for the 70-300L (and not the 70-200/4L?)...

Either way, Canon does sell tripod rings for both, and there are cheaper 3rd party options, although quality varies.
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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2013, 11:53:23 AM »
Try out both the 70-200 II and the 70-300L if you can.  Getting either is not necessarily wrong, but at least you will decide which of each lens' features are more appropriate to you.

Like a lot of others have suggested, the 70-300L does look like it will fit your requirements better:  lighter and more compact.  Being able to store the lens vertically in the bag saves a lot of space compared to laying it on its side and taking up the space of two lenses.  The 70-200 II does take extenders better to get you to 400mm.  For portraiture/action, the 70-200 II is hard to beat.  With the 70-300L and its smaller max aperture, it does makes more sense to have a range of fast primes at 85 (which you have) and possibly at 135.

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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2013, 12:09:49 PM »
The only thing I didn't like was no tripod ring, which I would need.

Just curious as to why you'd need a tripod ring for the 70-300L (and not the 70-200/4L?)...

Either way, Canon does sell tripod rings for both, and there are cheaper 3rd party options, although quality varies.

Not saying I don't need on the 70-200 but I was able to manage without it much better than on the 70-300, I would have to have it with the added weight and length at 300.

Any recommendations on a 3rd party, Vello seems to be rated fairly high?
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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2013, 05:37:44 PM »
Just curious as to why you'd need a tripod ring for the 70-300L (and not the 70-200/4L?)...

I think Canon should have added it, esp. for this price ... I have got a China version which is very cheap and very sturdy (yes, both at the same time) since I figured out that shooting on tripod @300mm with the 70-300L doesn't work for longer exposure times w/o tripod ring.

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Re: Telezoom lens (70-300L vs 70-200 vs 100-400)- Advice
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2013, 05:37:44 PM »