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JEBUS! I didn't expect the IS to be that powerful! This really puts me in a dilemma. I don't want to settle for the optics of the 70-300mm just because it has IS but it's a giant leap on the price tag up to the 70-200 f/4 IS from where I am economically. I'm seriously considering selling some of my organs now. As it is, I can see that the IS will be a necessity in India this summer, but I can't afford the 70-200mm f/4 IS unless I win the lottery or as mentioned before - sell my organs. Oh wait, I DID win the lottery, so to say! I did some investments last year in the Turkish lire with some savings I had from working a couple of years before starting my studies, and those investments proves to be quite fruitful. If everything works out as it should, I can soon get myself the 70-200mm f/4 IS AND a proper wide angle lens plus a bag, a gorillapod, and some extra little accessories like a lens hood for my 17-85mm lens. I'm clenching my fingers in a crossed manner quite furiously in the hope for soon wealth right now.

Thank you for the pictures jimmy_racoon. The IS/non-IS was an important thing to get settled and I'm glad I didn't put an order in for the non-IS lens.

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I have had both the 70-300IS and the 70-200L non IS on a camera in a shop (read low light indoors). The salesman was distracting me somewhat and I left the ISO at 200 when I should have tried it at higher ISO.

Here are some pics I posted in another thread on here.

The red colour from the 70-200 was closest to reality but that's no good if the whole thing is blurred.


I decided that if I couldn't afford the 70-200IS I would get the 70-300IS before the 70-200 non IS.

The black colour of the 70-300IS might be an advantage in India too if you want to do street candids without a big crowd forming around you.

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Here are the pics I took in the shop

These two show the difference in colour saturation

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    70-300 @ 200 f/5 1/15
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These two show the benefit of Image Stabilisation. Even though the 70-300 is at f/5 at 200mm and hence has a slower shutter speed of 1/6th of a second the IS saves the day.

    70-200 @ 200 f/4 1/15
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    70-300 @ 200 f/5 1/6
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Thank you, mirageii. Very good to know and to see the pictures. I have decided that I want to spend the extra money on the 70-200mm f/4 IS and get a properly good lens the first time, instead of getting a lens I wont feel too satisfied with because I know it was second to best in my little world of zoom lenses.

I will know tomorrow how great the investment paid out and then I'll know if I can buy it right away or if I have to save a little bit more. Oh, the anticipation!

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best of luck with the investment!

you will not be disappointed with the 70-200mm f/4 IS!!

here is how your 17-85 will look with a proper lens hood:

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I can't wait to get my hands on the lens, but first I need to get the money from the investment and it wont be released until May 15.

I did some shopping already and put in an order for the lens hood for my 17-85mm and a Gorillapod SLR-Zoom. I can't wait to get more!

The lens looks nice with its hood on. Thanks for the photo!

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