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Following on from an earlier post, just wondered how many of you guy's n gals own the above mentioned lens, and your thoughts on its performance ! sharpness mainly...many thanks ...Andy
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I'm using mine with my 7D and couldn't be more satisfied with the combo. Have a look on my foliopic website where I have a few blog entries about it + some pics.
Very fast and accurate focus and excellent resolution and image quality
I recently gave in to temptation and picked up one of these after reading good things about it. I wasn't very excited at the thought of another 70-300 zoom at first but despite being a bit slow, variable aperture and not as long as some alternatives this lens really delivers. It's sharp at all apertures across the whole range, IS is unbelievably good and build quality is probably the best in any extending zoom I've ever come across. It feels great in the hands and really produces sharp, contrasty colourful images with ease. It's just a really nice package which does what it's intended to do perfectly. As far as I can tell it's as sharp at 300f5.6 as my 70-200 f4IS is at 200 f4 and that's no mean feat. The only downside (other than its obviously limited aperture for capturing motion) is the failure to provide a tripod collar in a £1300 lens then charging another £160 for it! Other than this it's as pleasing a purchase as any lens I've ever bought. Highly recommended.
Thanks guys for the posts...Andy
Would you recommend it for birds in flight?
Not as quite good as the 400 f5.6 but better than the 100-400 in my opinion (with the obvious proviso that its only 300mm). I find it even picks up and tracks starlings and the like, so its a doddle to follow the larger birds!
One added thought - although I rated the 400 f5,6L as "better" for BIF work the benefit of having the rapid focus / good tracking + zoom with the 70-300L more than makes up for it (for me).
Received mine yesterday and only had time to play with it a little but I'm amazed at it's low light performance on a 1D MkII at 1600 ISO. IS and auto focus work great. Looks good on my camera and can't wait to try it on a 5D MkII!
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