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Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« on: July 01, 2015, 02:04:24 PM »

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 02:24:05 PM »
Excellent review. Thank you very much, Dustin.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2015, 02:47:53 PM »
It is a good lens but I haven't carried mine with me since Canon finally updated the 100-400.  It costs more but, at least for the two lenses I own, the image quality is a little better and of course there is the extra 100mm which can be a plus when shooting with a full frame sensor.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2015, 04:07:07 PM »
I love this lens, I'm using it since the Kenya reports
AF is amazing.  Here are few examples:






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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2015, 05:06:48 PM »
great lens

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2015, 06:02:38 PM »
Yes the 70-300L is a great lens.  Wish it would work with a 1.4 TC.  Other than that, no complaints.

I will pick the 70-300 over the 100-400 when I need to hand hold and don't think I will need the extra 100 mm.  The lighter weight is a real plus over the 100-400.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2015, 09:25:24 PM »
I love this lens. Have used the Kenko 1.4 TC with it with very good results. BUT you must disable any AFMA, at least with 6D and 5D3 bodies.


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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2015, 09:25:31 PM »
Yes the 70-300L is a great lens.  Wish it would work with a 1.4 TC.  Other than that, no complaints.


At least on a 5D3 (other models might vary), it works well with a Kenko DGX 300 Pro or Kenko DGX MC4.

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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2015, 09:26:53 PM »
I love this lens. Have used the Kenko 1.4 TC with it with very good results. BUT you must disable any AFMA, at least with 6D and 5D3 bodies.

Hmm works fine with my 5D3 and MFA. I never went to the new firmware though that gave f/8 AF since that ruins Magic Lantern. If you go back to the firmware right before the f/8 AF it works fine with AF and AFAM, at least on my 5D3.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2015, 09:33:28 PM »
Yes the 70-300L is a great lens.  Wish it would work with a 1.4 TC.  Other than that, no complaints.

I will pick the 70-300 over the 100-400 when I need to hand hold and don't think I will need the extra 100 mm.  The lighter weight is a real plus over the 100-400.

300 vs 420mm doesn't really look dramatically different. So at least for me incompatibility with 1.4tc is not an issue.

I love this lens so much I carry it far more often than 70-200 2.8. The size and weight is just right.

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Did he do this review in 2011? Why are you posting it now?
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2015, 10:21:53 PM »
The reviewer at one point writes: "The following point is purely conjecture on my part. I can’t call it fact yet……
2011 is the year the 100-400 gets replaced from every indication I’ve received."

1) I had the 70-300 IS L lens, and I agree it is a wonderful lens.

2) Comparisons to the original 100-400 IS L lens are not the most useful comparisons, (allthough that was the only choice in 2011).  The comparison should be between the 70-300 and the 100-400 IS L Mk II which shares most of the best attributes of the 70-300 (other than weight).

3) None of my photographer friends who shoot wildlife would think of using a full-frame camera and a 70-300mm lens.  It will work for very large animals up close or habitat shots.  Folks wanting wildlife photos -- he was on safari in Africa -- would be much happier with a 7D MkII and the 100-400 IS L Mk II.

4) Going with the 100-400mm Mk II + the Canon 7D Mk II and a 1.4X TC III along will come much closer to eliminating the need to take a huge, heavy and expensive telephoto prime.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2015, 11:16:55 PM »
I tested the 70-300 and the 100-400 II at the same time.  While lighter and a nice lens, the 100-400 II was just too hard to pass up.  I carry it in a backpack and don't find it too much of a problem as long as i'm not carrying a ton of other lenses.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2015, 11:32:38 PM »
Blimey, how old is this lens now?! Must be quiet on the rumour front.

I bought it when it first came out and must agree that it is a nice lens, but I hardly ever used it and after a while it just stayed in the cupboard until I sold it a few weeks ago.

I prefer the image quality of the 70-200L f/2.8 IS ii and can use Canon converters with that too. For longer than that I use the 400 f/2.8 ii.
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2015, 11:32:38 PM »

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2015, 08:43:30 AM »
A lovely lens.
About the maximum size and weight that one could call a 'travel lens'.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2015, 06:23:05 PM »
I'm very happy with the results I get from this lens on my 60D - (although we'll see how it works out on my new 6D).

One thing that grinds my gears a bit is the scarcity and price of the Canon Tripod mounting ring.
I know they feel this is a "Hand holdable" lens, but I'd like the option of maximizing sharpness without a world wide parts hunt and a massive bill.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2015, 06:23:05 PM »