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70-300L on 5D Mark III
« on: May 27, 2012, 04:06:35 PM »
There are plenty of topics discussing the 70-300L, but they are from the pre-5DmkIII era. I've been thinking of getting a nice tele lens to complement my kit 24-105 f/4, and I cannot find a single reason not to choose the 70-300L. It will be a lens that is going to be used during in field action during walks, political meetings, etc, so hauling the 70-200 f/2.8 mk II around is going to be tiresome, and it is widely regarded that 70-300's IQ is similar to that of the 70-200 f/4 IS, while still having 100mm extra.

Since 5DmkIII is here and slower aperture problems might be overcome with higher ISO numbers, is there a reason not to choose the 70-300L? Thank you.

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70-300L on 5D Mark III
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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 04:50:55 PM »
There are plenty of topics discussing the 70-300L, but they are from the pre-5DmkIII era. I've been thinking of getting a nice tele lens to complement my kit 24-105 f/4, and I cannot find a single reason not to choose the 70-300L. It will be a lens that is going to be used during in field action during walks, political meetings, etc, so hauling the 70-200 f/2.8 mk II around is going to be tiresome, and it is widely regarded that 70-300's IQ is similar to that of the 70-200 f/4 IS, while still having 100mm extra.

Since 5DmkIII is here and slower aperture problems might be overcome with higher ISO numbers, is there a reason not to choose the 70-300L? Thank you.

The 70-300L is my favourite walkabout lens. Top IQ, top IS, top contrast.

Totally recommended as an excellent general purpose lens

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 10:31:03 PM »
The 5D3 and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L will be a killer combination for you. The 5D3 gives this slightly slow lens a lot more scope than the 5D2 with increased options for bumping up the iso when the need arises, plus the very powerful AF system which will do a far better job working with those smaller f/4-5.6 apertures than the 5D2.

Just be aware that the 5D3 has the same black AF points in the VF as the 7D. Most people don't care but it can be a disruptive disappointment for some photographers. There is a recent thread on CR which discusses this, and may be worth a browse before dropping your Visa card on a 5D3.

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2012, 02:03:11 AM »
The 70-300L is my favourite walkabout lens. Top IQ, top IS, top contrast.

Totally recommended as an excellent general purpose lens

hehe its funny how different people have such different shooting styles
my favourite walkabout lens is the 16-35 i love getting right in there and up close
where as you prefer... artillery :P ;)
not saying its not a good general purpose lens because you are correct , just an observation  really
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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 02:27:31 AM »
The 70-300L is my favourite walkabout lens. Top IQ, top IS, top contrast.

Totally recommended as an excellent general purpose lens

hehe its funny how different people have such different shooting styles
my favourite walkabout lens is the 16-35 i love getting right in there and up close
where as you prefer... artillery :P ;)
not saying its not a good general purpose lens because you are correct , just an observation  really

With the short focussing distance of the 70-300 I get right in there and up close too :D It is pretty reasonable at closeup shooting.


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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 09:23:06 AM »
It sounds like the 70-300L will be a good fit for you.  If you planned on using it indoors a lot in dim situations, then the 70-200 II would be better.

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 09:43:48 AM »
Thank you guys for your help! This community is golden, I am reassured of that :-)
Just got the 70-300 and it's amazing. Shooting indoors with f/4-5.6 at 12800 ISO, after some post images look extremely appealing.


12800 ISO, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/60, IS on, some post in LR4CR2
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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 12:03:22 PM »
I used to have the 70-200 f4: since I traded up to the f2.8 version I also got the 70-300.

The 70-300, although still big & white (and thus an attention-grabber) is MUCH easier to walk around with than the 70-200 2.8. I don't even mind hiking with it- it's probably at the limit of what I'm willing to carry around all day long on a camera.

As for IQ, compared to the 70-200 f4 I think it holds its own pretty well. The extra 100mm, although not really that much TBH, CAN make a difference in the appropriate situations. I think the 70-300 is weaker at the wide-end though- specifically wide open at f4 it can be soft. But it shines at the most important setting: 300mm at f5.6. No need to stop down at the long end to get sharp shots!

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2012, 12:07:05 PM »
Taken this morning with the 70-300L @229mm f/8

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2012, 12:19:41 PM »
That's a very nice shot indeed briansquibb! Overall I'm happy with the lens, your advice was one of those which convinced me in the end :-)

Yeah Act, I agree that the main thing here is the f/5.6 at 300mm, and it's quite capable of delivering great results though. I'm sad to hear that 70-200 f/2.8 II is a pain to carry around though - I was looking forward to maybe getting it sometime in the future, but since it's impossible to walk all day with it... Then it appears like I've just saved myself some $2500 worth of equipment :-)

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2012, 12:45:05 PM »
That's a very nice shot indeed briansquibb! Overall I'm happy with the lens, your advice was one of those which convinced me in the end :-)

Yeah Act, I agree that the main thing here is the f/5.6 at 300mm, and it's quite capable of delivering great results though. I'm sad to hear that 70-200 f/2.8 II is a pain to carry around though - I was looking forward to maybe getting it sometime in the future, but since it's impossible to walk all day with it... Then it appears like I've just saved myself some $2500 worth of equipment :-)
From someone who has been known to carry around the 300 f/2.8 all day, carrying the 70-200 MkII would be giving me a bit of a rest :P.
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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2012, 12:46:39 PM »
That's a very nice shot indeed briansquibb! Overall I'm happy with the lens, your advice was one of those which convinced me in the end :-)

Yeah Act, I agree that the main thing here is the f/5.6 at 300mm, and it's quite capable of delivering great results though. I'm sad to hear that 70-200 f/2.8 II is a pain to carry around though - I was looking forward to maybe getting it sometime in the future, but since it's impossible to walk all day with it... Then it appears like I've just saved myself some $2500 worth of equipment :-)

The 70-200 f/2.8 II is big and heavy but it's manageable with a strap system.  Took it with me to the Bronx Zoo with a 1.4x and used it all day.  It's a great lens for portraits and sports.  It's not ideal for the zoo (a bit short FF and a bit heavy), but the pictures are nice! =)

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2012, 12:56:00 PM »
The 70-300, although still big & white (and thus an attention-grabber)

I taped mine - less white ("here comes the money") makes me more comfortable, furthermore the white is pure marketing because it doesn't have any fluorite elements.

The 70-200 f/2.8 II is big and heavy but it's manageable with a strap system.

It certainly might be manageable, but in the local zoo I can see owners of a 70-200/2.8+tc from afar because they use both arms to carry their camera. I just wouldn't have this and a flash hang from my wrist, that's why I've got the 70-300L.

The 5D3 and the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L will be a killer combination for you.

I'm puzzled - I've got this lens on aps-c, but I've read that it's noticeably softer in the edges on full frame? Furthermore, the af system of the 5d3 seems to be made for lenses of f2.8 to f4, or you're disabling part of the af points' pattern detection with f5.6?

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2012, 01:35:16 PM »
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Yeah Act, I agree that the main thing here is the f/5.6 at 300mm, and it's quite capable of delivering great results though. I'm sad to hear that 70-200 f/2.8 II is a pain to carry around though - I was looking forward to maybe getting it sometime in the future, but since it's impossible to walk all day with it... Then it appears like I've just saved myself some $2500 worth of equipment :-)

Don't get me wrong- the 70-200 2.8 is an EXCELLENT lens and for what it does, there's nothing else like it. It is best for sporting events (if you are close) as well as autograph/book signings, which often take place indoors (and f5.6 just won't cut it- I hate using flash). It is extremely versatile and I like that. But, it is not a lens I would want to sling around my neck and walk around with all day long...even for the couple of hours I use it, it gets tiring. But it is worth it when you view the images afterward!

The 70-300L is the telephoto lens I use when it is not worth lugging the extra weight of the 70-200. Basically, outdoor events in good lighting and animal shots where the variable aperture isn't an issue. Plus, 100mm of extra reach is gained and for animal shots, it can make a BIG difference!

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2012, 01:42:35 PM »
Is the 70-300mmL worth the extra dough over the standard 70-300mm? Thats the Question... 8)

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Re: 70-300L on 5D Mark III
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