Torn between the canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM prime and the canon EF 100-400 IS USM

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  1. dxb photo

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    Hey guys,

    I'm currently looking into buying a telephoto (mainly for sports, some wildlife and general photography) and have narrowed it down to these two lenses. I will mostly be shooting outdoors in excellent light (living in Dubai) or under professional flood lighting. I honestly don't have a clue which one would be the best for me, so please tell me which one and why.

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    I personally am going to get the 300f4 over the 100-400 due to the fact that the 300 is sharper and a little faster. But many who have th 100-400 love it. Maybe you should rent both first? If it is available over there.
     
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    It's rather difficult for us to decide this for you.
     
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    This isn't really all that tough. It comes down to what you need most. Convenience of the zoom range of the 100 - 400 or the outstanding image quality of the 300mm. If you want zoom go for the 100-400. If you want IQ the 300 is superior to the 100-400.
     
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    Easy decision... definitely! Prime or Zoom.
     
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    It all depends ...

    I use a Sigma 100-300mm f/4 and have recently acquired the Canon 400mm f/5.6 ...

    The Canon is, by far, the better wildlife lens. The other lens is more versitile. You might consider renting or borrowing a prime and the zoom to see which fits your style better.
     
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    Hey man thanks for the input, sadly I can't rent out here, can't borrow either due to the poor amount of photographers that own quality equipment. However I have tried them both in the shop and they both seem to be excellent lenses. Like mentioned before It will be mostly for sports and general photography :).
     
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    got to be the 300 the 100-400 sucks for sport focus is to slow and the push pull zoom is awful, I used to have the non IS 300F4 super sharp but swapped for the F2.8
     
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    Cheers for the input, that is what I wanted to hear :).

    After researching for over a week I think I'm going to go with the 300 prime due to image quality and focus speed.

    Cheers for the help.
     

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