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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #75 on: April 01, 2013, 09:37:31 AM »
I continue to be impressed with the IQ and flexibility of the 70-300L.  What a great find!


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #75 on: April 01, 2013, 09:37:31 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #76 on: April 01, 2013, 03:56:27 PM »
I had the good fortune of borrowing this lens from a coworker, last month. I fell in love with it instantly, and am scouring the net for a used/refurbished model (although maybe I should just pony up the approx $675 for a new model, haha).


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #77 on: April 03, 2013, 10:33:28 PM »
When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.

Indeed, quality of the bokeh in stark gradient areas is a real differentiator and this doesn't always show up in "measurements". In this context, the 70-300L generates really plesant bokeh.

As for 70-200's, I own the f/4 IS and the f/2.8 IS II... While the 70-200 2.8II is a highly competent sharp zoom, it is not the second coming as some fanboys would have us all believe. It is sharp and versatile, but also heavy, and obvious. And most fair-minded people will agree the f/2.8II is not known for its silky bokeh... then again that may not be its main purpose. I periodically knock the 70-200 2.8II here simply because some fanboys just praise it to the heavens... I jokingly call it the "I-too-have-arrived-pricey-but-achievable-newbie zoom", just to poke them a bit ;).

Here is a 700-200 f.2.8 II image and the bokeh crop...it is competent zoom even on grey winter days but I never found the bokeh something to write home about.

 

 
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #78 on: April 04, 2013, 10:38:03 AM »
When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.

Indeed, quality of the bokeh in stark gradient areas is a real differentiator and this doesn't always show up in "measurements". In this context, the 70-300L generates really plesant bokeh.

As for 70-200's, I own the f/4 IS and the f/2.8 IS II... While the 70-200 2.8II is a highly competent sharp zoom, it is not the second coming as some fanboys would have us all believe. It is sharp and versatile, but also heavy, and obvious. And most fair-minded people will agree the f/2.8II is not known for its silky bokeh... then again that may not be its main purpose. I periodically knock the 70-200 2.8II here simply because some fanboys just praise it to the heavens... I jokingly call it the "I-too-have-arrived-pricey-but-achievable-newbie zoom", just to poke them a bit ;).

Here is a 700-200 f.2.8 II image and the bokeh crop...it is competent zoom even on grey winter days but I never found the bokeh something to write home about.

 

I think your points are valid, although these two lenses are not really comparable.  I certainly wouldn't want to pack the 2.8LII all day traveling.  I own the Tamron 70-300 VC (which I will soon sell after doing a head to head write-up for my site).  It is actually a very competent lens that has given me some great images, but this particular area was it's great weakness.  Take a look at this shot, for example:


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I actually went in with a softening brush to reduce clarity on the out of focus area because it was so harsh in the original, and it still isn't great.  I find the 70-300L really does a nice job in similar situations.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #79 on: April 04, 2013, 10:40:29 AM »
I had the good fortune of borrowing this lens from a coworker, last month. I fell in love with it instantly, and am scouring the net for a used/refurbished model (although maybe I should just pony up the approx $675 for a new model, haha).


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Some nice images.  I was very fortunate to find a basically new model for an incredible price used, but the biggest challenge is that they rarely go on the used market.  There are some decent deals on occasion for a refurb through Canon, though.  I've seen one for a little over a thousand like that towards the end of last year.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #80 on: April 06, 2013, 01:50:55 AM »

  There are some decent deals on occasion for a refurb through Canon, though.  I've seen one for a little over a thousand like that towards the end of last year.

They had it in stock for $1018  a week ago or so.  Out of stock now though.

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« Reply #81 on: April 06, 2013, 05:30:36 AM »
When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.

Indeed, quality of the bokeh in stark gradient areas is a real differentiator and this doesn't always show up in "measurements". In this context, the 70-300L generates really plesant bokeh.

As for 70-200's, I own the f/4 IS and the f/2.8 IS II... While the 70-200 2.8II is a highly competent sharp zoom, it is not the second coming as some fanboys would have us all believe. It is sharp and versatile, but also heavy, and obvious. And most fair-minded people will agree the f/2.8II is not known for its silky bokeh... then again that may not be its main purpose. I periodically knock the 70-200 2.8II here simply because some fanboys just praise it to the heavens... I jokingly call it the "I-too-have-arrived-pricey-but-achievable-newbie zoom", just to poke them a bit ;).

Here is a 700-200 f.2.8 II image and the bokeh crop...it is competent zoom even on grey winter days but I never found the bokeh something to write home about.

 
Hmm, I am one of those guys, I guess I just don't like you any longer  :P

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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 #82 on: April 08, 2013, 10:14:55 AM »
Not a birder, but I have found the 70-300L to be a very nice "birding" lens.  While it isn't particularly long on a full frame, the great resolving power makes serious cropping possible while upholding great detail.  And, as I said earlier, I am really surprised by how well it handles transition zone bokeh.  Nice and soft without a lot of distracting hard edges.  This is pretty fantastic considering how sharp the lens is.


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Here is a roughly 100% crop of the primary goose that makes me seriously happy:

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #83 on: April 14, 2013, 08:57:45 AM »
Even at 300mm, wide open, this lens still provides great sharpness and contrast:


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The lighting here (and resulting color) is muted, but the detail is sharp even at full magnification.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #84 on: April 15, 2013, 09:45:10 AM »
Here's a medium focal range shot that shows off the excellent bokeh of the lens.  This is ISO 2500, shot with a polarizer to reduce reflection from the glass.


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #85 on: April 16, 2013, 09:09:39 AM »
Here's another "zoo shot" (the 70-300L might be ultimate zoo lens)


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #86 on: April 18, 2013, 09:07:42 AM »
This lens renders such fantastic detail:


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #87 on: April 19, 2013, 09:28:52 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #88 on: April 20, 2013, 08:59:51 AM »
This shot is a near 100% crop (the original was already 300mm) to show off the great detail on the lion's nose:


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #89 on: April 20, 2013, 11:38:20 AM »
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   ;)

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