EF 70-200mm f/4L USM vs EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

This review is about tele zoom lenses, one is EF 70-200mm f/4L USM and the other is EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. First, you can see review about EF 70-200 f/4L USM and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM; after that you should know what do you need to buy. Why I compare these lenses? The reason is they are inexpensive compare with other tele zoom lenses and they are similar in price, so it’s fair to compare them. If you want to buy lens, you need to think about what’s your priority; below I give some description advantages of each lens.

EF 70-200mm f/4L USM -> “L” lens (means optical better than non “L” lens), sharpness and contrast are better than EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, constant aperture 4, doesn’t extend when zoom.

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM -> Has IS function that can reduce handshake, longer focal length range, lighter than EF 70-200 f/4L USM.

For me, image quality and sharpness is my priority. If I must choose one of them, I’ll definitely choose EF 70-200mm f/4L USM. Because EF 70-200mm f/4L USM doesn’t have IS, shoot at low light you will need a “tripod”. I don’t say EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is bad; if you use camera to capture an event or moment (photo journalistic) I think it’s better to use it because it has IS function and longer focal length. For an event or moment, image quality isn’t the first priority; the first priority is “the moment” inside the picture.


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