Canon EF 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 USM


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Does anyone own this lens? It is a discontinued product from canon. I heard this lens is pretty good in term if IQ, Built,focus speed and sharpness, but does it perform well under low-light condition? also, wonder if it is good for portrait shots. How does it compare with the current telephoto lens like 70-300 IS?
 

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also, I am curious about the performance between Sigma 70-300 DG Macro and 55-250 IS. I can't seems to find any thread comparing these 2 products. Can anyone enlighten me regarding the 2 lenses?

lastly, how much difference in quality between the non-apo and apo Sigma 70-300 DG Macro?
 

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Haven't seen any review mentioning "lens performance under low light conditions" - usually it's the body that will have problems with focusing or the resulting ISO / shutter speed settings are not favourable. But maybe you want to suggest such a test? :dunno: What exactly do you want to have tested?
 

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also, I am curious about the performance between Sigma 70-300 DG Macro and 55-250 IS. I can't seems to find any thread comparing these 2 products. Can anyone enlighten me regarding the 2 lenses?
There are plenty of reviews, there are websites with photos sorted according lenses used.
Lens Review Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Lens Review Canon EF-S 55-250

PS: One thread per topic is advisable.
 

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Does anyone own this lens? It is a discontinued product from canon. I heard this lens is pretty good in term if IQ, Built,focus speed and sharpness, but does it perform well under low-light condition? also, wonder if it is good for portrait shots. How does it compare with the current telephoto lens like 70-300 IS?
I had own this 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 before I upgradeed to 70-200mm f2.8 L 2 years ago. This 70-210 is a good compact lens for almost any kind of photography. User reviews actually varies from people to people. For me I rated a 8/10, for its sharpness at f4.5, f5.6 & f8. It is actually a L lens in disguise.

The only draw back is the zoom-creep - when lens is pointed downwards, zoom barrel will 'pop-out'. Fear not, as a past user, I did some cheap mod to the barrel. Add a thin layer of masking tape to the zoom barrel. The extra layer of tape will keep the zoom barrel in place. Change the tape occasionally.

http://www.phototestcenter.com/html/canon_70-210_f3_5-4_5.html

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1031&message=10733765

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=008KUm

Compared to 70-300 IS, of course got IS is better, more cosy but not necessary better. I am sure you will be happy with 70-210 for most of the occasions.

This lens work well for 1.6x cropped bodies but doesnt work well on 5D/1D series. Thus when I got my 5D, I sold it to upgrade to 70-200mm f2.8 L. If it work well for my 5D, i would have keep it. But it had serve me very well.

Cheers
 

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70-210mm f4 can be had for extremely cheap on Ebay, and can be considered if you're looking for a budget alternative to the 70-200 f4L
 

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Haven't seen any review mentioning "lens performance under low light conditions" - usually it's the body that will have problems with focusing or the resulting ISO / shutter speed settings are not favourable. But maybe you want to suggest such a test? :dunno: What exactly do you want to have tested?
haha, do not have the lens for test. I want to test if the speed for the max aperture is fast enough to take pictures under low-lighting. f3.5 seems quite decent to me actually, but will be happy to hear from the actual users' comment :)

I had own this 70-210mm f3.5-4.5 before I upgradeed to 70-200mm f2.8 L 2 years ago. This 70-210 is a good compact lens for almost any kind of photography. User reviews actually varies from people to people. For me I rated a 8/10, for its sharpness at f4.5, f5.6 & f8. It is actually a L lens in disguise.

The only draw back is the zoom-creep - when lens is pointed downwards, zoom barrel will 'pop-out'. Fear not, as a past user, I did some cheap mod to the barrel. Add a thin layer of masking tape to the zoom barrel. The extra layer of tape will keep the zoom barrel in place. Change the tape occasionally.

http://www.phototestcenter.com/html/..._f3_5-4_5.html

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=10733765

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-an...?msg_id=008KUm

Compared to 70-300 IS, of course got IS is better, more cosy but not necessary better. I am sure you will be happy with 70-210 for most of the occasions.

This lens work well for 1.6x cropped bodies but doesnt work well on 5D/1D series. Thus when I got my 5D, I sold it to upgrade to 70-200mm f2.8 L. If it work well for my 5D, i would have keep it. But it had serve me very well.

Cheers
that sounds very good :) I'm starting to like this lens. Have you tried indoor photography before at its maximum aperture? does it perform alright? The lens is a discontinued product and in fact, a very good low-end lens compare to the newest one in line, making it quite hard to obtain. I saw one in ebay at the moment, hopefully I can get the bid :)


There's a 70-210mm f4 version. U might want to consider that instead. One of my friend owns it.
I heard that the lens isn't as good in focusing and has a pretty slow focusing. I think the older version of the 70-210mm has almost everything that I'm looking for at the moment :) Right now, my choice will be between 70-210mm USM and 70-300mm IS.
 

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Please check your quoting. The 2nd and 3rd quote are not coming from my posting. Check the usage of Multi-Quote here.
 

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