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12/09/2004 09:56:24 AM · #1
This saterday I will buy myself the EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM canon lens for my rebel. But the closer I get to the more I get the jitters.... is that the best lens for giving me range. Am I doing the right thing, this lens is by no means the cheapist, is the image stabilizer ok, does it work... etc etc. Can someone out there please give my some advise or consideration.
12/09/2004 10:19:51 AM · #2
dpreview.com

Check out this site, go to the Canon lens forum and do a search. There is some really good information there.

I own the non IS version of this lens and find it very soft at the longer focal lenths. A bit more money will get you the 70-200 f4L which I hear is excellent.

Mark
12/09/2004 10:50:57 AM · #3
Great review site.

Fred Miranda
12/09/2004 11:01:29 AM · #4
I've got the lens, used it last night actually for James Brown. You can check out my thread to hear my unhappy results :-)

It's a great lens but it's really slow, even on my 10D it's got a slow focus. Ended up with quite a few blurry shots even at shutter speeds of 90 and 100. BUT there was a lot of movement, depending on what you're shooting it can be amazing! At ISO 1600 there was NO noise.
12/09/2004 11:06:01 AM · #5
As scroosloose posted, the 70-200 f/4 is vastly superior optically to the 75-300. I'd urge you to try both before you buy either. In particular, shoot them wide open, and at the long end. It will be night and day.
12/09/2004 11:07:45 AM · #6
Originally posted by kirbic:

As scroosloose posted, the 70-200 f/4 is vastly superior optically to the 75-300. I'd urge you to try both before you buy either. In particular, shoot them wide open, and at the long end. It will be night and day.


YES! Exactly. Most of my problems were from just that, shooting at the long end wide open. Pretty guaranteed to be blurry.
12/09/2004 11:08:04 AM · #7
I bought the lens a week ago and had a chance to try it out today. I think it did well considering I shot in the wee hours when the sky was overcast and lighting was dim. All shots were hand held at ISO 100 and 1/40 shutter speed I guess. Besides resize, none of them have been post processed.

//www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~ahegde2/1.jpg

Message edited by Manic - please post thumbnails or links, not large images.
12/09/2004 11:14:25 AM · #8
Other 2 shots at

//www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~ahegde2/2.jpg
and
//www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~ahegde2/3.jpg
12/09/2004 11:16:18 AM · #9
Those are clear...overcast provides quite a bit of light (more than most people think) but you can tell it was a sort of dark time of day.
It did really well.

Edit: maybe it's the lack of motion that makes them so much clearer than mine.

Message edited by author 2004-12-09 11:20:28.
12/09/2004 11:16:30 AM · #10
What are your needs? General purpose walkaround, macro, high zoom, low light, portability? It makes a big difference. I have the Canon 70-200 f/4L. It's my favorite lens, but there's no wide angle, and it's huge.

If you just want an inexpensive, general purpose lens to start with, a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di is the way to go. If you want a big zoom range without spending a lot, the Tokina 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 is your lens. It all depends upon what, where and how you'll be shooting.
12/09/2004 11:25:41 AM · #11
The lens you are looking at is the first long telephoto lens I bought to use with my 10d. For what it is designed to do, it works VERY well. You won't be disappointed. It is NOT a good low light lens. It is designed for daytime outdoor use in reasonably good light. If you use that lens in these conditions and practice good photography technique in general, you will get great results with it. Good technique includes using a tripod when possible and maintaining reasonably fast shutter speeds at long focal lengths.
12/09/2004 11:35:57 AM · #12
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

The lens you are looking at is the first long telephoto lens I bought to use with my 10d. For what it is designed to do, it works VERY well. You won't be disappointed. It is NOT a good low light lens. It is designed for daytime outdoor use in reasonably good light. If you use that lens in these conditions and practice good photography technique in general, you will get great results with it. Good technique includes using a tripod when possible and maintaining reasonably fast shutter speeds at long focal lengths.


YES!
12/09/2004 10:53:32 PM · #13
what confusion in my mind... so many lenses so many opinions. thanks to everybody for the most valuable inputs i have had to date. btw, now there are 3 to consider....28-105, 28-200 and of course 75-300. just can not afford the L lenses....
i will test each of the above this weekend and the decide, and live with my decision.
but thanks again.

akshavh, fabulous pics... thats what i have in mind, birds, candids of people.... oh decisions decisions...
12/09/2004 11:20:50 PM · #14
I have the 70-200 f4L and i would buy that one. you only need few more bucks for this outstanding lens. If you feel like you need more then 200 you can allways save for a converter. Go for the L glas it is so much more then the 75-300.

Message edited by author 2004-12-09 23:21:27.
12/09/2004 11:43:03 PM · #15
I have one more for you to consider. It's the Sigma 18-125. 3.5 at 18, 5.6 at 125. It's about the perfect range for everything except bird shots and crew races. It doesn't have IS, or even USM/HSM, but it does focus internally, so no rotating. And it's a parafocal lens, so you can zoom in and out without changing focus.

It's a great walk around lens, and although it's a perfect complement to the 70-200/4L, I am finding I use this lens much more.

It's a very sharp lens, with good colors. There are a ton of threads about it at DPReview, check them out for yourself. As an 3.5 lens, of course, it's not as good indoors as a 2.8 or better lens. But this lens cost <$250, and comes with a lens hood.

Worth a look. I am very happy with mine.
12/10/2004 03:30:30 AM · #16
I find This article on Lenses for the 300d or 10d to be pretty interesting. It does not have the new EF S 17-85, but might help if you want Canon glass.
12/10/2004 07:34:20 AM · #17
ok... here i commit myself... 70-200f4 L... i'm convinced. thanks again. santa said "no problem" ;-)
12/10/2004 08:20:05 AM · #18
Originally posted by gibun:

ok... here i commit myself... 70-200f4 L... i'm convinced. thanks again. santa said "no problem" ;-)


Wow, congrats! I am also looking at that lens but it will be a while before I spend the money. I'm hoping my Santa brings me a tripod, remote and 50mm 1.8!
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