70-200 or 75-300?


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Pauche

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70-200mm f/4 L vs 75-300mm f/4-5.6

both no IS, no USM.

what's the main difference between the two? one is a fixed aperture and the other is not. Will the 75-300 f/4-5.6 be fast enough for me to capture motorsports action at sepang track?

Or i really need a f/2.8 for such shots??? however, due to budget constrain, I'm looking at the above 2 lens... pls advise, thank all!
 

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70-200mm f/4 L vs 75-300mm f/4-5.6

both no IS, no USM.

what's the main difference between the two? one is a fixed aperture and the other is not. Will the 75-300 f/4-5.6 be fast enough for me to capture motorsports action at sepang track?

Or i really need a f/2.8 for such shots??? however, due to budget constrain, I'm looking at the above 2 lens... pls advise, thank all!
i think instead of the 75-300mm get the 70-300mm. i was in the same situation as you before.

look at http://www.pbase.com/lightrules/70300s for side to side comparison and judge for yourself.
 

imouyang

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70-200 for better build and image quality and also with USM, it can AF faster...
 

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70-200mm f/4 L vs 75-300mm f/4-5.6

both no IS, no USM.

what's the main difference between the two? one is a fixed aperture and the other is not. Will the 75-300 f/4-5.6 be fast enough for me to capture motorsports action at sepang track?

Or i really need a f/2.8 for such shots??? however, due to budget constrain, I'm looking at the above 2 lens... pls advise, thank all!
don't get zoom lenses with a factor of 4 or more.. the distortion might be crazy.
and given the f/4, i'd take the 70-200. the 75-300 might leave you frustrated.
 

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others please correzct me if i am wrong.

70-200mm f/4 L vs 75-300mm f/4-5.6

both no IS, no USM.

70-200 F4 is with USM

what's the main difference between the two?
Need to feel for yourself. IQ is also different

one is a fixed aperture and the other is not. Will the 75-300 f/4-5.6 be fast enough for me to capture motorsports action at sepang track?

on the 300 end if under low lights, no it will not be good.

Or i really need a f/2.8 for such shots???

if have would be the best, If no IS you need tripod.

tele end 200 or 300 is depending on how far are you.
F2.8 would be the best option + 1.4 convertor +Flash .


however, due to budget constrain, I'm looking at the above 2 lens... pls advise, thank all!
 

Pauche

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thanks all... looks like the obvious answer is the 70-200mm f/4 L!!!

I am using it for motorsports action, i.e. panning shots.
do i really need IS if I pan on a monopod or pan freehand?

if no f/2.8, is f/4.0 sufficient for motorsports actions?
 

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thanks all... looks like the obvious answer is the 70-200mm f/4 L!!!

I am using it for motorsports action, i.e. panning shots.
do i really need IS if I pan on a monopod or pan freehand?

if no f/2.8, is f/4.0 sufficient for motorsports actions?

Not sure about the monopod thing... I just went for Merdeka race with a 100-400L, 70-300 IS & 70-200L 2.8 IS...

What I experienced was:
IS really helps alot... amazingly, I did better panning shots w/o a monopod (most prob due to restricted angles, space etc)

Also, depends on which part of the day your action will be. The race I was at was 12 hours, day to night. So the 100-400L did well in the day, but the 70-200L 2.8 IS was what I used during the night (cos i was doing flashless.... ;p). The 70-300 IS was not fast enough for my liking.

So might want to think through before you make a decision. Sometimes might be better to wait/save abit to get something that works better for you.
 

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When shooting cars in bright daylight, you won't need a fast lens. In fact, when I shot a car race and set my shutter speed to 1/200s, my aperture was between f8 to f16.
You'll want the panning effect, so your shutter speed cannot be too fast, or else the effect won't be there.
IS would help in this area when u use IS mode 2.

As for a monopod, I'm not sure... but I didn't like the restriction of the monopod and I feel that a monopod would be useful only if you are panning horizontally only and not at any other angle.

As for the choice of lens, I would advice to get one with IS, so it's 70-300 IS or better still, 70-200 f4 IS if your budget allows.
I doubt you will need the extra 100mm reach if you are using a 1.6x crop body.
 

Pauche

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Not sure about the monopod thing... I just went for Merdeka race with a 100-400L, 70-300 IS & 70-200L 2.8 IS...

What I experienced was:
IS really helps alot... amazingly, I did better panning shots w/o a monopod (most prob due to restricted angles, space etc)

Also, depends on which part of the day your action will be. The race I was at was 12 hours, day to night. So the 100-400L did well in the day, but the 70-200L 2.8 IS was what I used during the night (cos i was doing flashless.... ;p). The 70-300 IS was not fast enough for my liking.

So might want to think through before you make a decision. Sometimes might be better to wait/save abit to get something that works better for you.

wow... looks like your lens are a duplication of the range u had.

if your 70-200L IS can do well at night, aren't you doing better with it in the day time? how did the 70-300 IS fare in the day?
 

Pauche

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As for the choice of lens, I would advice to get one with IS, so it's 70-300 IS or better still, 70-200 f4 IS if your budget allows.
I doubt you will need the extra 100mm reach if you are using a 1.6x crop body.
looks like IS is a must!

with a budget of around $1000. I can only afford:
1) 70-200 f/4 L (no IS)
2) 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
3) 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM

*scratches head now* :dunno:
 

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wow... looks like your lens are a duplication of the range u had.

if your 70-200L IS can do well at night, aren't you doing better with it in the day time? how did the 70-300 IS fare in the day?
We basically tried out each others lenses and swapped around to suit the different bodies... So had a feel of each. I actually used my 100-400L in the day and the 70-200L 2.8 IS for the night (Friend with full frame used the 100-400L).

The 100-400L gave more reach. although on the track itself, I changed to my 24-70L. 100 was too much.

For the 70-300 IS, in bright daylight not much problems with AF ... It's much lighter than all the Ls ... But picture quality can't be compared with a L lens (sharpness, AF etc). Different leagues IMO. Good as a budget IS tele lens.
 

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Difference is one is an entry level telezoom lens while the other is a pro lens. Pic quality also have a difference. If u're shooting sports f/4 will suffice. But if u mainly do it as a living, then i'd suggest the f/2.8 one.
 

dw2chan

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as people have said...forget the 75-300. what you should be comparing is the 70-300IS vs the 70-200 f4L

now i have used the 70-300 and i can say that this lens is very sharp. and IS is quite useful. so image quality wise, it's not too far off from the 70-200. do keep in mind that the AF on this lens isnt the greatest...it takes awhile to focus from the closest point to infinity (this is compared to the 70-200)

for the 70-200, u dont get as much range and if you add on a 1.4tc (it'll cost u more) and you'll end up with a 98-280 f5.6

so at the end of the day, if you feel you need range and IS, go for the 70-300

if you need image quality and quick AF, go for the 70-200

if you do end up getting the 70-300...go for the later versions. earlier copies have an issue with shooting in profile at the far end (300mm). what happens is that the lens barrel will sag causing the image to be less sharp. this is fixed in the later revisions
 

Pauche

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thanks all..... you guys have helped me made my decision on a 70-200 f/4L!!!
will be playing with my new toy soon!
 

Kalas

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70-200mm f/4 L vs 75-300mm f/4-5.6

both no IS, no USM.

what's the main difference between the two? one is a fixed aperture and the other is not. Will the 75-300 f/4-5.6 be fast enough for me to capture motorsports action at sepang track?

Or i really need a f/2.8 for such shots??? however, due to budget constrain, I'm looking at the above 2 lens... pls advise, thank all!
i believe the 70-200L is USM driven :)

think the fast u r talking about has 2 meaning here.

f2.8 is a 'faster' lens both in terms of AF speed n amount of light
it'd let thru.

jude
 

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