Old 06-04-2013, 05:50 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

Right now I'm looking to buy a new telephoto lens to compliment my 10-22mm, and 24-105mm. I'm looking for something that will mainly be used with trains, but could be used elsewhere (ex: wildlife, sports, etc). The lens will be mounted on a cropped framed sensor (XSi for now... hopefully 7D mark ii when Canon gets it together).

My top thought right now would be to go with the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II along with a 2x EF extender. This would give me the option to shoot 2.8 when needed. I've heard its also a great lens for portraits, sports, wildlife, etc. Along with the 2x extender I would be able to reach all the way out to 400mm. It wouldn't give me quite the range that the 70-300 or 100-400 would give, but I think they could be a great duo.

On that topic, any thoughts on the 70-300 or 100-400? They could be strong contenders if I get talked out of the 70-200 option. I've seen many people use those lenses and they are definitely L quality.

They are all great lenses, now I just need to pick the right one. Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:20 AM   #2
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You really need both the 100-400 and the 70-200 2.8, but not for shooting trains.

I want the 70-200 IS 2.8 for shooting indoors without a flash, like at birthday parties.

For trains and outdoors, get the 100-400.

Also, the auto focus does not work with a teleconverter, so bear that in mind.

Here is a shot using a 100-400 and a 1.4x cannon extender which I had to manually focus.

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The teleconverter is nice to be able to reach long distances, but over all it is clumsy to use and the lack of auto focus is annoying.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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I have the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II. It is a great lens but heavy as hell. Not a fan of teleconverters. Consider an old 300mm manual focus lens. Cheap and image quality will be fine. See if you use it much. You can always sell it for pretty much what you paid.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:30 AM   #4
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I've had the 70-300L now for over a year and really like it. I'm sure it's not as perfect as the 70-200 2.8, but you give and take for the longer reach. The only thing that's really strange about this lens is the zoom and focus ring are reversed.

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