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4 Mar 2005 - 2:15 AM

Quote: So is the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM a good quality lens?

The short the answer is yes.

But as you are looking to upgrade your kit for the purpose of shooting football matches, I would opt for investing in a faster lens, f2.8 would allow you to shoot at faster shutter speeds, perhaps enough to negate the benefits of IS.

I have used this lens on both a 10D and 20D at my sons football matches, on very bright days there is no problem but on dull days it can be too slow to grab the moment, I am also of the opinion that when IS is turned on, this lens tends to hunt more in low light conditions.

Hope this is of some help.


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Homesdale  9123 forum posts
4 Mar 2005 - 2:20 AM


As i sit a far distance from the pitch, to get a 300mm lens with a f2.8, would cost a far bit of money i would of thought. Unless anyone could point me in the right direction?

cambirder  107202 forum posts England
4 Mar 2005 - 2:34 AM

Hi Geoff,

How about the 300mm f4L, it's more in line with your budget, had lighting fast AF, has IS and is one of Canons sharpest lenses. Couple it with a 1.4 converter and you also have a 420mm f5.6.

When I bought my 300D it was a choise between the 300D + high grade glass and a 10D + mediocre glass, no contest really.


4 Mar 2005 - 3:50 AM


Geoff, before you get carried away with L lenses etc...

I see from your photographs of games that you are taking them from the stand?

Would you be allowed to sit in the stand with a 300L lens TC and monopod etc?

Homesdale  9123 forum posts
4 Mar 2005 - 4:53 AM

Answer to that question is NO. I have to be very careful, because i shouldn't really be using a "Professional Camera" at the game.

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