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Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« on: October 18, 2013, 06:31:54 PM »
Actually i'm planning to buy one of these, but I don't know what's the difference between canon 300mm f/2.8 ls ll and canon 400mm f/2,8 is ll ? except the cost.


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Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« on: October 18, 2013, 06:31:54 PM »

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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 06:48:12 PM »
The difference is how much focal length do you need for what you usually shoot, how much weight do you want to carry and how much do you want to spend.  I have a 300 2.8L IS Vers. I and I love it but do find I'm focal length limited in a lot of situations with nature/wildlife so I may be looking for a 500mm.
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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 06:57:00 PM »
Rent them both and shoot under likely future circumstances - that should give you a better idea as to which one is best for you.
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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2013, 07:40:53 PM »
Actually i'm planning to buy one of these, but I don't know what's the difference between canon 300mm f/2.8 ls ll and canon 400mm f/2,8 is ll ? except the cost.

400mm-300mm=100mm .......Another glaring indictment of our education system...

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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 08:03:59 PM »
Actually i'm planning to buy one of these, but I don't know what's the difference between canon 300mm f/2.8 ls ll and canon 400mm f/2,8 is ll ? except the cost.

400mm-300mm=100mm .......Another glaring indictment of our education system...

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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013, 08:56:19 PM »
I'll give it a go.

I have both these Lenses, well, I recently sold the 400 as I purchased the 200-400, but the 300f/2.8 II will probably be buried with me.

Large question only you can answer, what will the lens be primarily used for ?? Focal length will answer most of that question for you, do you need to be closer to your subject, can you get close ? Do you need to shoot from further away ?? These sorts of questions will lock in the Focal lLength you will need.

I shoot wildlife, both these Lenses have their place in my shooting style, I've used both the 300 & 400 Version 1 & version 2 lenses, biggest difference is simple, weight, huge difference, the version 2 300 is completely hand hold able, much like the 200f/2, the version 2 400 is hand hold able in short periods, the version 1 was a bit of a brute.

Image quality between the version 1 & 2 lenses in these focal ranges is similar in my experience, but Focus is in my experience much easier to achieve with the version 2 lenses.

Either the 300 or the 400 f/2.8 version 2 lenses will not disappoint on Image Quality, these are simply superb lenses.

If you decide to go 400 you might look at the 200-400f4, almost the same price but with amazing IQ and versatility, but comes at a 1 stop loss of light, which at times I notice, hence my decision to not get rid of the 200f/2 or the 300 f/2.8 II.

Which ever way you decide to go good luck and enjoy.
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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2013, 10:30:49 PM »
thanks all for the help


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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2013, 01:01:17 AM »
ouch!

Actually i'm planning to buy one of these, but I don't know what's the difference between canon 300mm f/2.8 ls ll and canon 400mm f/2,8 is ll ? except the cost.

400mm-300mm=100mm .......Another glaring indictment of our education system...
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Re: Canon 300mm or Canon 400mm
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2013, 01:01:17 AM »