I'm sure I'm not the only one with this opinion, but don't you think the 70-300mm IS is embarrassingly outdated, especially considering its Nikon equivalent?:
| ||Canon 70-300mm IS USM ||Nikon AF-S 70-300mm VR |
|Focusing Design ||Front focus, extending, rotating, no FTM ||Internal focus, FTM |
|Focusing Motor ||Micro USM, noisy, slow ||Ring-type SWM, silent, fairly fast |
|Stabilization ||3 stops ||4 stops |
|Year ||2005 ||2006 |
|MSRP ||$650 US ||$590 US |
|Street Price ||$360 US eBay / $650 US B&H ||$420 US eBay / $587 B&H |
One could say that Canon did upgrade it by releasing the 70-300mm L, but that is in a whole different price bracket, and shouldn't be compared. It would be like comparing the Canon vs. Nikon 28-300mm lenses; they are clearly in different classes. How has Canon not updated this lens in the past 7 years?
I must say, I miss the fast, quiet and accurate focusing my old 100-300mm USM and 70-210mm USM lenses had; and they were small and light, too. If either of those lenses had IS I would not have considered 'upgrading' to the 70-300mm. I wish Canon would up date this lens to be on par with Nikon and stay in the same price bracket.
I also find it funny that Canon announced this lens alongside the crowd-pleaser 24-105mm L.
By the way, I have used both, as I own the Canon and my dad owned the Nikon (on a D600). The Nikon wins hands-down in overall feel, responsiveness, build quality, etc.