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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #120 on: May 09, 2013, 01:40:32 AM »
So... is $1,087.32 for this lens from the Canon refurb store as good a deal as it feels like?  It's slightly lower even than some completed Ebay listings for used copies.  Oh well, I already ordered.  I was almost totally prepared to spring for the new price anyway, so any savings are good savings.  You can all feel responsible for your great shots convincing me to get yet another lens...

It's pretty hard to beat that price.  They rarely get that low used (around $1200 is more typical), and this way you get some kind of warranty.  Beyond that, there aren't many on the used market.  I don't think it has been a volume seller and most of us that have one hang on to them!

I looked at this too, I was a little leery because the 70-300L is one of the few that doesn't reference a 90 day warranty like a number of other lenses do. Saving 300 bucks is pretty nice though.

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« Reply #120 on: May 09, 2013, 01:40:32 AM »

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« Reply #121 on: May 09, 2013, 04:49:27 AM »
I am not sure what you are moving on from. If you are like me, this is night and day compared to the 55-250mm (expected). I avoided telling my better half how much it was, she finally used it and was blow away. She assumed it was over a thousand (double what she would ever spend) and was alright with that after using it and finding the range to be awesome and the AF fast and accurate. I am also stoked that a 100% crop is now useable.

If you are worried about the lack of mentioning the warranty, you have 2 weeks to return after delivery and I am pretty sure that all refurbs have a 90 day warranty. If you are coming from a non-red ring (like me) you will be happy.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #122 on: May 09, 2013, 10:46:21 AM »
I looked at this too, I was a little leery because the 70-300L is one of the few that doesn't reference a 90 day warranty like a number of other lenses do. Saving 300 bucks is pretty nice though.

Heh... I might have gotten overly excited, I didn't even notice that.  This seems to indicate that the 90 day warranty is a blanket policy for all refurbished products though, so I think it's covered.

I am not sure what you are moving on from. If you are like me, this is night and day compared to the 55-250mm (expected). I avoided telling my better half how much it was, she finally used it and was blow away. She assumed it was over a thousand (double what she would ever spend) and was alright with that after using it and finding the range to be awesome and the AF fast and accurate. I am also stoked that a 100% crop is now useable.

If you are worried about the lack of mentioning the warranty, you have 2 weeks to return after delivery and I am pretty sure that all refurbs have a 90 day warranty. If you are coming from a non-red ring (like me) you will be happy.

Well, I'm coming from the 70-200 f4L non-IS, so my transition won't be quite as mind blowing as yours.  I'm anticipating greatly enjoying the extra 100mm and IS though, I'm not worried about regretting the purchase unless it's a bad copy (and the hassle that will entail).
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #123 on: May 13, 2013, 10:51:49 PM »
It arrived!  It was super windy here today, and I didn't have much time to wander about, but I'm pretty happy with this from my first hour with the lens:


Canon 5DmkIII  |  Canon 70-300L  |  1/100s  |  f/9.0  |  ISO200  |  300mm

My refurb unit appears to be basically pristine.  No cosmetic or apparent image quality flaws, just the tiniest wiggle in the focusing ring (and only forward and back, no play in terms of turning it).  I'm absolutely loving the IS.  I know the focusing speed should be comparable to my 70-200 f4L or the 135mm f2L, but I'm not used to that smooth, non-jittery image in the view finder, which makes the whole experience feel more immediate.  I can't wait to get out with it more.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #124 on: May 21, 2013, 09:52:01 AM »
It arrived!  It was super windy here today, and I didn't have much time to wander about, but I'm pretty happy with this from my first hour with the lens:


Canon 5DmkIII  |  Canon 70-300L  |  1/100s  |  f/9.0  |  ISO200  |  300mm

My refurb unit appears to be basically pristine.  No cosmetic or apparent image quality flaws, just the tiniest wiggle in the focusing ring (and only forward and back, no play in terms of turning it).  I'm absolutely loving the IS.  I know the focusing speed should be comparable to my 70-200 f4L or the 135mm f2L, but I'm not used to that smooth, non-jittery image in the view finder, which makes the whole experience feel more immediate.  I can't wait to get out with it more.

That is a beautiful image.  Bravo - and congrats on your new acquisition.  Here's one taken at 420mm (Kenko Pro 300 1.4x) and f/11.  Amazing compression at that focal length!


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #125 on: August 19, 2013, 09:23:03 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #126 on: August 29, 2013, 10:01:42 PM »
Just got this lens yesterday! Fantastic!
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« Reply #127 on: August 30, 2013, 08:57:56 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #128 on: August 31, 2013, 02:19:44 PM »
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.
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« Reply #129 on: August 31, 2013, 02:42:38 PM »
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.
That's great!  Nice sharpness and color, I agree that the bokeh is surprisingly good with the 70-300L
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« Reply #130 on: August 31, 2013, 04:09:03 PM »
Just got this lens yesterday! Fantastic!
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Now you've gone and made me hungry ;D
Nice photo. Really captures the meat of the subject :)
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« Reply #131 on: August 31, 2013, 04:10:25 PM »
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.

Gorgeous photo. Very well done, sir!
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« Reply #132 on: August 31, 2013, 04:52:48 PM »

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« Reply #133 on: August 31, 2013, 05:06:21 PM »
Be warned that most of these are ProphotoRGB so you need a color-managed browser to not make them look a mess (and in some the red might look a bit blow unless you use a wide gamut monitor), click for larger (although, sadly on the color-managed Firefox, clicking for larger doesn't really show them properly since you get a semi-working scrollbar windowed view instead of a normal all at once view):






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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #134 on: August 31, 2013, 05:24:36 PM »
fantastic lens. creamy bokeh.
That's great!  Nice sharpness and color, I agree that the bokeh is surprisingly good with the 70-300L

Thanks! Ive only played with this lens for a couple days so far but I am really impressed with the sharpness and bokeh. my new favorite!
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