Super Telephoto Primes

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Grimace, May 21, 2006.

  1. Grimace macrumors 68040

    Grimace

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    Hey all, I am considering the leap into the long-range lenses. The two options have been put head to head a billion times on photo discussion boards, but I wanted to hear what you all think:

    Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM + 1.4x Teleconverter OR
    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
     
  2. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    So I'm guessing you've ruled out teleconvertors to use with your 70-200?

    EDIT: Yeah, thought you probably did if you're looking to spend that much money. Sorry i can't be of much help.
     
  3. Grimace thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've heard really crappy reviews of the 2x teleconverter, much better ones from the 1.4x. Using the 1.4x on each of the lenses gets you:

    200mm = 280mm
    300mm = 420mm
    400mm = 560mm

    I know that technically it's even more with a 1.6x camera like the Rebel XT -- but I use that as my baseline frame of reference. I know what 200mm looks like through on 1.6x camera, and I'd like 300mm or more. The obvious answer is that you can go much farther with the 400mm, but the 300mm has IS and a wider aperture. I'm hoping someone here has used one or the other and has a recommendation. :)
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    300 mm with IS. I haven't used either lens, but surely the IS is going to be a big plus.
     
  5. snap58 macrumors 6502

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    Well maybe you should just go for the 300L 2.8 IS? That would be a 420 f4.0, or a 600 5.6, it actually does pretty good with the 2X, so they say.
     
  6. Grimace thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ha!! I guess I should have written that I can't afford the 300mm f/2.8 -- that puppy is ~$4000!!

    I suppose I shouldn't mess with Pro lenses if I can't afford the Pro sticker price :rolleyes: Both of the options I listed above keep me under $1500 so that's what I'd like to go with for now.
     
  7. virividox macrumors 601

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    get the is version

    but if u can get the 2.8 - at those ranges u will need every extra stop of light to help you prevent blur/shake. you could rent the pro lenses instead of buying a non-pro, and save up till you can buy one flat out - i mean i dont see you using he 300 or 400 as your general purpose walk around - unless of course you do lets say bird photography
     
  8. fradac macrumors regular

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    also, it depends what camera you are using the lens with. for instance if you are using a canon rebel XT or 20D there is a 1.6conversion factor. so a 300mm will act as a 480mm
     
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  10. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What are you going to photograph with the lens?
     
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  12. Grimace thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well, I'm strictly an amateur photographer, but here is the breakdown:

    40% wildlife
    30% sports (soccer, crew, basketball)
    20% cityscapes
    10% plantlife

    I photographed a soccer game yesterday with my 70-200mm IS, but then realized I was using a tripod which disables the IS. :rolleyes:

    For long shots (say 400mm +) you need IS or a tripod. Given the above comments, I'm thinking of going with the 300mm IS + 1.4x for versatility in handheld shooting. I wouldn't want a 400mm permanently attached to a tripod, it's just not as versatile.
     
  13. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    hahahahahahahahahahahahah

    Let's play "What am I doing wrong to my Baby today?" with special guest and resident expert, BRITNEY SPEARS!
     
  14. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, like my parents did such a good job ;) ;)
     

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