Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or 70-200mm f/4 L NON IS

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  1. Polyphony

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    70-300 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens 0345B002 - B&H Photo Video

    70-200 Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens 2578A002 - B&H Photo Video


    What are your opinions? I've read reviews that favor both lenses.

    Some say that you can crop an image from the 70-200 and it will look as sharp or sharper than a 300mm shot from the 70-300. The 70-200 L is only $100 more.

    With the 70-200 you get L quality glass. You lose 100mm and image stabilization
    With the 70-300 you don't get L quality glass. You gain 100mm in reach and you get image stabilization.

    Whichever lens I choose will be used for outdoor sports/action, landscape, nature, and some wildlife. Basically so I can reach out to what the 18-55 kit can't get to.

    I'm stuck and I need your opinions. Thanks.
     
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    I would rather own the 70-200 f/4 L...it is the bettert-made lens,and it offers an f/4 aperture all the way from 70 to 200mm...the slower lens will limit you to f/5.6, probably beginning right around the 200mm zoom mark. I have shot the 70-200 non-IS model...it's a nice lens, solidly made and well-balanced.
     
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    ^ + 1 i would always go L over consumer
     
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    Do either of you think that not having image stabilization would be a disadvantage for my intended purposes?
     
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    Non of my lenses have IS but i don't need them for what i shoot
     
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    Is there anyone else who was considering these two lens? What did you ultimately decide on and what are your thoughts after the fact?
     
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    You could get the 70-200 and 1.4x and it would be still as fast as the 70-300
     
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    You look cooler with white lenses another reason for the 70-200 :lol:
     
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    That's true. I'm most concerned about the IS though. At 200mm in unfavorable lighting how will the non-IS lens hold up?
     
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    I'm out of my league commenting on lenses like these, but a thought came to me while I was reading this: In unfavorable lighting, wouldn't you have it on a tripod anyway?

    Sorry if that's a stupid response, but I *almost* always have my 75-300mm Sigma DL on the tripod.
     
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    I have the 70-300is and it's a nice lens. It's pretty darn sharp, even at 300mm - especially when not wide open. The IS is helpful at times I suppose.. I'd trade it straight up for a 70-200 f/4L though. From what I understand, the image quality is just a tad better on the f/4L and 200mm at f/4 is a pretty shallow DOF - which is nice as well.
     
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    What I meant was maybe on a very cloudy day at full zoom.
     

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