100-400 or 70-300?

Is it worth the $$ to buy a 100-400 when I have the 70-300?
Posted by stonyzmom March 14, 2009 at 3:11am in PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

I have the 70-300 IS lens from Canon, but I would like to get closer to the action on the baseball field. Is it worth the money to step up? What would be the difference in distance I can cover?

Reply by Mel on March 14, 2009 at 5:16am

Personally, I do not think it would be worth addtional $$ for 100-400 when you already have good quality glass with 70-300. If your sole purpose is to get closer to action during baseball games…I would use a 1.4 or 2x Extender/Tc. There are drawbacks including losing an Fstop and problems with AF. Therefore if you are not good with manual focus, this may not be a good otion for you.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

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3 Responses to “100-400 or 70-300?”

  1. Erez says:

    I made this update two years ago and very happy I did.
    The 100-400 lens is a much higher quality lens and you will find that it is not only the reach but also the lens speed, focus speed and image quality that is better.
    You do need to know how to use it so read the manual and I always try to use a tripod or a monopot if I can but can be used hand held.

  2. The 100-400 would give much sharper results than the 70-300 with an extender.

    I have a 70-300 but it is not an IS nor is it an L series lens.

    The 100-400 has special glass that will give much crisper results than the cheaper 70-300

    To me it is worth it.

  3. Grumpyjohn says:

    I don’t have a Canon (Pentax K10D here), but while I’m saving up to get a 50-500mm lens, I’ve bought an old Vivitar 2x matched multiplier and it seems to work really well even if it means going completely manual. A small sample is posted on my site using a Sigma 70-300mm lens to give an idea of the difference. One thing for sure, make sure you’re mounted on a tripod or you will shake and thus blur the photo, even if you did focus correctly. I noticed in the forum thread that you had a hard time with this using the 1.4x TC, so a tripod is your friend (I’ve practically welded my camera to it since I like to do nature photography).

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