Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
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Go with the 200, avoid shooting at 5.6
photoj, B&H Photo
28 October 2014
Excerpt: Really wish I went with the 70-200 2.8. Rather be shooting at 200 giving up two stops with a teleconvertor. Trying to blow out the depth of field with sports is key for me. I could have gone better.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: The sharpness compared to the gold lens is remarkable. The only regret is that it is slow. I do sports indoors and at night.. I constantly need to shoot at 6400 or H and get grain with my 7D.. Wish I got the faster lens.. or the 70-200 f2.8...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Had hopes of augmenting or replacing a 70-200 2.8 with a more compact 70-300. When all is said and done I find little difference in size and a slower lense. My dislike for a sliding barrel is reinforced. Yes, one might say I gained a slow 300. Not one of my best decisions.
Conclusion: I have had this lens 4 months now. I shoot about half handheld outside and half on a tripod. The compact design is great at 70mm and lens extends as you zoom which is 'old school' but not too distracting.
Excerpt: It's better than 70-300 DO but comparable with 70-200 IS L II from 200 to 300 i prefer the digital crop from picture in 200mm than full picture on 300mm but in 300mm it's give a fabulous bluer in the background more than 200mm but remember this lens based on F/4 to 5.6 on 300mm and the 70-200 IS L...
Excerpt: The lens that I received had inconsistent focus. When it did focus correctly, it was very sharp but under the same light, same distance, and the same object, it was a hit 50% of the time. I changed the distance etc but got the same results.
Excerpt: Built Great, and has excellent image quality. So why did I return it? I bought this lens for wildlife shots I was mainly using it between 200-300mm wide open on a Canon 40D. The main issue I had with this lens is that it's poor at stopping action, unless you're in bright sunlight.
Conclusion: I tested this lens to see if it could replace my 100-400. I certainly like that it's lighter and smaller, and the optics quality is fantastic. The rotating zoom ring (vs push/pull) is more versatile (I think push/pull is fine for still photography but when I shoot video it's impossible.