Canon 70-200 f4 IS vs 70-300 f4.5-5.6 DO IS

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  1. Ok, I'm back with a lens comparison question. Hannukah is around the corner, and I still owe myself something nice from the last time.

    I've asked plenty of questions about the 70-200 products, and have decided the only relevant one for me is the new 4.0 IS. But I've bumped into a different lens, called the 70-300 DO. Below are the links:

    EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM

    vs.

    EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS

    The 70-300 may not be quite as sharp, but it has a good speed and some good range.

    I like shooting in cities, so the shorter 70-300 might actually be easier to carry around. I enjoy long exposures with tripods at night, and sharpness DOES matter for those kinds of images.

    Who's got experience with the 70-300 DO, and who has comments in general? Is there a third-party manufacturer that I should be seriously considering?
     
  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i would be interested as well in that comparison.

    on my last trip to mexico i really did regret not having my lens collection extended into the tele range ... 105 mm was just not enough for some wildlife or some architectural details ....
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    F5.6 at 300mm is not too fast...although the IS will help.

    I haven't heard too much about Canon's DO optics...and if they any better or not.

    The 70-200 F4L IS...is an L lens...so you get weather sealing and top of the line build quality and image quality...plus you get that cool red ring on the front of the lens. ;)

    Sorry...you probably know all this...I can't really help.
     
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    well, if you have more than one red ring, you might want to add some diversity and start with green rings ;)
     
  5. The DO line (with its Green ring) does seem to be a cut or two above their regular lenses, and is certainly priced like L glass.

    I like the compact nature of it, which would make it much easier for me to travel with. I am abroad A LOT (between Europe and the US at least every 14 days) and these two lenses, a body, plus some batteries, etc would fit into a small camera bag (my small LowePro Sling.) The lens is about the size of my 24-70mm L, whereas the 70-200mm 4.0 is twic as long.
     
  6. OMG, I did it. I'm in NY, so I walked down to B&H and bought a 70-200 IS 1:28 L.

    It's a monster. It weighs as much as my 3-year old son... well, not quite, but dang it's big.

    I allowed myself to be totally sold on it. I basically wanted it anyway, but every guy there (either side of the counter) took time out to tell me to get the 2.8.

    They paused - on Black Friday!

    I have a week or so to return it - or in my case exchange it for the IS 4.

    Took a look at the 70-300 DO and definitely don't like it much. I thought the green ring was cool though.


    Wish me luck!
     
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    :thumbsup: I'm jealous

    You will probably love it...the only fault I've ever heard is the weight...and you can get used to that.
     

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