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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #90 on: April 21, 2013, 08:52:25 AM »
Here's a duffer for you:


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #91 on: April 21, 2013, 01:26:19 PM »
Absolutely loving all the photos being posted showcasing this lens, only thing is guy’s I think your all pushing the price of it up especially you Dustin and I’m still saving, now stop it and post some duffers   ;)


+1

I really like what I am seeing here :)

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #92 on: April 21, 2013, 02:13:42 PM »
Absolutely loving all the photos being posted showcasing this lens, only thing is guy’s I think your all pushing the price of it up especially you Dustin and I’m still saving, now stop it and post some duffers   ;)


+1

I really like what I am seeing here :)

I often zoom into 100% with this lens and my jaw drops (kind of like zooming into a lot of 135L pics).  For example, I was practicing AI Servo with the 6D with my cat in the backyard.  He stopped for a minute, and here is the full shot out of camera along with the 100% crop
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #93 on: April 21, 2013, 03:39:05 PM »
Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #94 on: April 21, 2013, 04:28:32 PM »
Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

reach, reach, reach - 70-300L on the T1i (unless the MFA is off and you don't have time to send it for calibration)

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #95 on: April 21, 2013, 05:54:20 PM »
Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

reach, reach, reach - 70-300L on the T1i (unless the MFA is off and you don't have time to send it for calibration)

I think I would have to agree here.  If the lens isn't dialed in, then put it on the 6D and dial it in before you.  I found a huge difference at 50 ft+ after AFMA.  But 300mm isn't very long on FF.  The positive is that I find I can do 100% crops and still have nice looking results for web use.  Big prints might be another story, though.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #96 on: April 21, 2013, 06:56:25 PM »
With those lenses as another has noted due to the need for more reach you are best to put the 70-300L on the T1i.  That reduces the cropping you will be doing but also doesn't put your best lens into use and still isn't enough reach.  I'd suggest renting a 100-400 to use on the T1i and have the 70-300 for the 6D to occasionally swap with the 24-105 for either camera (more likely the 6d).

Dustin: Great photos!

Question to Dustin and everyone: I have the 70-300L and plan to take it along with my 24-105L on a safari to Tanzania. My bodies will be a 6D and a T1i. I've been trying to decide which lens to put on which body. I was thinking of putting the 70-300L on the T1i for reach to get longer distance animal shots and the 24-105L on the 6D for closer up animal shots and for landscapes. But given Dustin's photos, is that still the best approach? Given the dust in August, I'm going to assume that once I put the lenses on the bodies, they will most likely stay there for each game drive if not the entire day. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #97 on: April 22, 2013, 09:38:42 AM »
I will write a full review of the lens soon, but here's a good, a bad, and an example.  The bad is that the lens focus breathes really heavily.  I was disappointed at the lower maximum magnification that the 70-300L produces vs. the Tamron 70-300 VC although the Canon has a bit closer minimum focus.  I would estimate the focal length at minimum focus to be not much more than 225mm.  The good news:  the same floating elements that produce that effect also produce very high resolution at minimum focus range (to be fair - I found the Tamron quite good in situations like this, too - just not quite to the Canon's level).  Here's an example:


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #98 on: April 27, 2013, 07:53:42 PM »
BEE Awesome.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #99 on: April 27, 2013, 09:08:37 PM »
I recently bought the 70-300L refurb. I should say I am really impressed with the lens. I had the 70-300 Non L, not sure if it was the copy I had, at the longer end, the images were usually soft. I then tried a 100-400L from CPS. that lens was awesome. the push pull feature was a problem initially, but then I got used to it in a few hours. But that was pretty heavy and long. I did not see myself packing it to take it with me most of the times. So I decided to get the 70-300L, heard some good reviews. It is well built, but not so heavy, very hand-holdable, short enough and good glass too. I took it to the zoo and the main thing I have to say about this lens is, it is SHARP!!!!.
It is more versatile on FF Camera on the shorter end.
Some pics below. I used a EOS 40D for all the shots.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #100 on: May 03, 2013, 10:01:36 AM »
Great lens
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #101 on: May 03, 2013, 10:05:09 AM »
Another one
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« Reply #102 on: May 03, 2013, 10:08:08 AM »
and...another one...
5DIII  |  6D  |  16-35LII  |  24-70VC  |  24-105L  |  70-200 f/2.8L IS II  |  70-300L  |  135L  |  1.4exIII  |  GPS-E2

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« Reply #102 on: May 03, 2013, 10:08:08 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #103 on: May 03, 2013, 02:42:39 PM »
I am thinking about getting this lens. My question though for those of you who have it, concerns the tripod ring. Did you purchase one? Or do you attach your tripod to the body. Canon selling the tripod ring for an additional 300 bucks, sort of negates the cost advantage this lens has over the 100-400.

I rented a 100-400 for two weeks and liked the image quality but the weight did get annoying.

This would be my second lens, I have a 5dmark3 and the kit lens.

Having a seriously difficult time deciding between it and the 100-400, I was pretty much go for the 70-300L until I heard about the lack of a tripod ring and the crazy price for it.

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #104 on: May 03, 2013, 03:52:18 PM »
I am thinking about getting this lens. My question though for those of you who have it, concerns the tripod ring. Did you purchase one? Or do you attach your tripod to the body. Canon selling the tripod ring for an additional 300 bucks, sort of negates the cost advantage this lens has over the 100-400.

Where are you seeing that price?  It's $170 at B&H.  Still stupid expensive but not $300!

I have the ring as I shoot off of a monopod quite a bit and everything balances better that way.  I bought a cheap eBay knockoff first but regretted it almost immediately.  The Canon ring is MUCH better.

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« Reply #104 on: May 03, 2013, 03:52:18 PM »