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stefsan

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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2013, 02:49:38 PM »
I had two versions of the non-L 70-300 (I + III) and I never got happy with them. The pics were not too bad but not too good either (lack of contrast and sharpness). But where the non-L version really do not deliver is build quality: the barrel is made of plastic and not weather/dust sealed at all. There is a considerable amount of lens creep to deal with too. The L-version on the other hand is extremely well built and has a zoom lock. I never regretted shelling out the money for this lens .
« Last Edit: June 04, 2013, 07:57:45 AM by stefsan »
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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2013, 02:49:38 PM »

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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2013, 03:50:45 PM »
Looking for lightweight but fast and cheapish, have you considered either a 135mm f2 L or 200mm f2.8 L, paired with a 1.4x extender for more reach - the 135mm in particular doesn't look too conspicuous, I've found that I get better images cropping down than on my 70-300 non L zoom - doesn't have the flexibility of a zoom, but since I got mine, I can't actually recall using my 70-300
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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2013, 04:08:58 PM »
For those with experience, how are the non-L 70-300 IS or the 70-300 DO?

See above - mine comes along for the ride these days.  Looking to sell mine to a willing taker - output is fine in the 70-180mm range, but gets increasingly poor afterwards, focus searches badly compared to my L lenses, the IS is pretty good though.  As others have said, 200mm f2.8 L or as I've done, the 135mm f2 L

I am considering something new to cover the 70+ zoom ranges, but coming to terms at the moment with a dual need for a unavailable 24-135mm f4 IS wish, the fact that I've spend about 3 months income in the last 6 months on Canon gear and the likelihood that I may prefer either a 300mm F4 IS, or the next incarnation of the 100-400mm or perhaps even the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 and a weekly visit to the chiropractor !
Regards, Haydn

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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2013, 05:08:47 PM »
Here are a couple from my non-L 70-300.



Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/500 sec
Aperture: 7.1
Focal Length: 300mm


Model: Canon EOS 400D (DIGITAL REBEL XTi)
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/50 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #34 on: June 03, 2013, 08:55:54 PM »
mirrorless camera, crop sensor...  like me fuji....

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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #35 on: June 03, 2013, 09:49:09 PM »
Maybe slightly on the heavy side, but the 70-300L is a good option - sharp wide open, weathersealed, compact and 4 stops of IS. No need to muck around by adding a 1.4 TC to a 70-200.

I was in your posiition a couple of years ago and after lots of looking around this was the option I selected, and was very happy with the choice.

+1.  Strong endorse the 70-300L

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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #36 on: June 03, 2013, 10:18:36 PM »
My primary considerations for choosing gear are handheld IQ, weight & pack space, and preference for weather sealing (when possible/practical).

The Tamron 70-300 VC is the best bet here as it both costs significantly less than the Canon 70-300L and is significantly less heavy. The 70-300L may be a bit sharper but the increase in IQ does not offset the combination of cost, weight and size.

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Re: Tele for backpacking
« Reply #36 on: June 03, 2013, 10:18:36 PM »