July 28, 2014, 09:17:25 AM

Poll

Which lens should I buy

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
19 (35.2%)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
12 (22.2%)
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
4 (7.4%)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS
9 (16.7%)
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS
10 (18.5%)

Total Members Voted: 40

Author Topic: Which lens is should I buy.  (Read 2288 times)

zim

  • 5D Mark III
  • ******
  • Posts: 670
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2014, 05:31:31 PM »
Does anyone have practical experience of how the 70-300L and 7D AF work together?

Regards


I use the 70-300 L as a walk around lens. It works very well with a kenko Pro 300 1.4x teleconverter. Here is a snap from my crop sensor holiday camera with the same senor IQ as my 7d(I did some extensive testing!) The picture was from a 70-300 with converter. The lens works fine on all formats although it does feel a little erm...'FAT'! It helps to balance it with a grip for sure on the rebels/Ti's. The IQ is slightly better without the converter. If you are close enough to minimise cropping and have good light then you don't need it obviously. Only matters on really large prints, again...obviously.

Good Luck!

 :)

Do you ever use this combo (without converter) in AI Servo mode? Its really how this lens performs with the 7Ds AF I'm curious about. I guess if that bird was running around at that point pretty darn good would be the answer!

Regards

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2014, 05:31:31 PM »

mwh1964

  • EOS M2
  • ****
  • Posts: 187
  • 5D3
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2014, 06:13:12 PM »
Really enjoy the 70-300L. Such a great lens. Only get the 70-200L2 if you absolutely need f2.8.
5D3 | 24-70L II | 24-105L | 70-200L II | 70-300L | 15 fisheye | 35 IS | 40 STM | 50 f1.4 | 100L | 135 L | extender 2X III | B&W Kaesemann | 2 x 600 EX-RT | ST-E3-RT | MR14-EX | Manfrotto | Billingham | Lowepro | Think Tank

philmoz

  • Rebel T5i
  • ****
  • Posts: 107
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2014, 06:25:30 PM »

ClickIt_AC

  • Power Shot G16
  • **
  • Posts: 13
  • Shoot First... ask questions later!
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2014, 06:41:08 PM »
Does anyone have practical experience of how the 70-300L and 7D AF work together?

Regards


I use the 70-300 L as a walk around lens. It works very well with a kenko Pro 300 1.4x teleconverter. Here is a snap from my crop sensor holiday camera with the same senor IQ as my 7d(I did some extensive testing!) The picture was from a 70-300 with converter. The lens works fine on all formats although it does feel a little erm...'FAT'! It helps to balance it with a grip for sure on the rebels/Ti's. The IQ is slightly better without the converter. If you are close enough to minimise cropping and have good light then you don't need it obviously. Only matters on really large prints, again...obviously.

Good Luck!

 :)

Do you ever use this combo (without converter) in AI Servo mode? Its really how this lens performs with the 7Ds AF I'm curious about. I guess if that bird was running around at that point pretty darn good would be the answer!

Regards

I use the lens in AI Servo for sports on the 7D with no problem. I do have some photos on photobox but am on a tablet and not near my computer now so cannot post a sample. Sorry Zim.  :-\
5D3 Landscape/Portrait, 7D Sport, 550D Hols.
70-300L, 24-105 f4L, 17-40 f4L, 28-70 f2.8L, 40 f2.8, EF-S 15-85 IS, Sig. 150-500,Sig. 105 Macro.

zim

  • 5D Mark III
  • ******
  • Posts: 670
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2014, 06:49:16 PM »
Thanks Phil and clickit, I'll enjoy checking out those links  :)

Regards

ftico

  • Power Shot G16
  • **
  • Posts: 24
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2014, 08:30:20 PM »
I have a 70D and I shoot mostly birds. I find 400mm is (at least) what you want for birds (yes, on crop), unless you shoot from a blind, or target only large ones.

So among your options, I would go for the 100-400. I bought a 400mm 5.6L and have been very happy with the results, but beside the moon or the occasional sun setting, you don't get to shoot much else than wildlife (and in that case you often have to crop a lot anyway). If you'd like something you can use to shoot the occasional portrait, or landscape, I'd say the 100-400 is a good compromise -- and it is stabilized (while it is not that helpful for taking sharper pics of birds, since you're gonna want to shoot at least  1/800-1000, it is very useful for properly framing a photo @ 400mm).

I have a 70-300, but the reach is just not enough for most photo-hunting scenarios. I still use it for captive animals.

Good luck!
Canon 70D, Canon 400 5.6L, Canon EF 10-22, Tamron 17-50 2.8, Tamron 70-300 VC, Kenko DGX 1.4x and 2x, Kenk extension tubes, Tamron C-AF 1.4x, 580ex

Inquisitor

  • SX50 HS
  • **
  • Posts: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2014, 05:28:18 AM »
First I would decide if 300mm is enough. Then what type of lens I prefer fixfocal or zoom.

300mm:
Tamron 70-300/4,0-5,6 VC USD
EF 70-200/4,0L IS USM + 1,4x Converter

400mm:
EF 200mm/2,8L USM + 2x Converter (only secondhand, very good and cheap)
EF 200mm/2,8L USM II + 2x Converter
EF 70-200/2,8L USM + 2x Converter (only secondhand)
EF 70-300/4,5-5,6L IS + 1,4x Converter
EF 100-400/4,5-5,6L IS USM
EF 300mm/4,0L IS USM + 1,4x Converter
EF 400mm/5,6L USM (has a similar bokeh to 500L and 600L)

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2014, 05:28:18 AM »

Albi86

  • 1D Mark IV
  • ******
  • Posts: 837
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2014, 06:42:28 AM »
I voted for the 70-300 L.

However, if price is a big concern, I would take the Tamron 70-300 VC USD. Very good lens and it's 1/4 of the price of the Canon L.

fragilesi

  • PowerShot G1 X II
  • ***
  • Posts: 74
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2014, 07:20:58 AM »
I voted for the 70-300 L.

However, if price is a big concern, I would take the Tamron 70-300 VC USD. Very good lens and it's 1/4 of the price of the Canon L.

My vote goes for the 70-300L to ocover that range of photography which is similar to most of my own.  I have a 70d (similar AF system) and it works fine in AI Servo mode which is my most used too.

bod

  • SX50 HS
  • **
  • Posts: 8
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should i buy.
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2014, 08:23:36 AM »
I have no experience with longer lenses, but as far as i know "bird photography" and "walk around lens" can't be attributed to the same lens. :-P
+1
I prefer primes and have and value the very good 300 f/4L but for me it is not in most circumstances a "walk around lens". Before settling on a lens at this focal length I tried it out and the 70-200 f/2.8L x1.4, 70-300 f/4-5.6L. I thought its IQ at 300 was the best but was impressed with the 70-300 zoom also. Obviously the 70-200 f/2.8 is a superb lens but with the x1.4 attached it is much heavier and a more expensive lens to buy. It is  more flexible than the prime in terms of focal length but in my case I would use a different lens if I wanted a shorter focal length. My logic was that for wildlife, the zooms would be parked permanently at their long end and so the 300 f/4L is a lighter and better choice for me. My experience so far with "bird photography"is that 300 is not enough.

noncho

  • EOS M2
  • ****
  • Posts: 160
    • View Profile
    • NonchoILiev.com
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2014, 10:18:51 AM »
I wanted the same as the author - good long lens for wild and walking around with 60D.
There is no perfect choice for that, but I end up with old Sigma 100-300 F4 + 1.4 extender.
And it's good not expensive option for me. 70-300L would be better(picture and IS), but a stop darker(no AF with extender) and more expensive.
Samples:

Bird, 420 5.6 wide open (300+1.4 extender)


Landscape 250mm


Autumn leaves ~200mm

iaind

  • Canon 70D
  • ****
  • Posts: 311
    • View Profile
Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2014, 12:01:07 PM »
You will need 400mm

Don't think 75-300 accepts extender
5DIII + BGE11 / 5DII + BGE6 / 40D + BGE2N /8-15 4L / 17-35 2.8L / 24 3.5L TS-E /24-70 2.8II L / 24-105 4L IS /Zuiko 50 1.4/ 100 2.8L Macro IS / 70-200 2.8L / 300 4L / 100-400L

canon rumors FORUM

Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2014, 12:01:07 PM »