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| p.2 #7 · non-IS 70-200 f/4L better than Tamron 70-300 VC? |
The 70-200 f4L IS has been my go lens since late 07, I've not had the non-IS version.
This IS lens just rocks, even with a 1.4x II T/C it's still usable for light action shots...
However my most used lens; for going on 15yrs, has been the 100 f2.8 non-L non-IS macro. But as of just recently it is sitting still in my bag, the newer 100L has taken it's place and when hand holding, shooting close-ups; not super tight one-to-one shots, the IS really does help, just like it does, perhaps even better then IS on the 70-200 does.
I will admit a bias toward Canon 'L' glass since seeing images and prints from them. But if budget won't allow, simply buy what you can and enjoy shooting; not waiting...and make the best of the gear in hand.
My 1st AF tele zoom was the 200 dollar non USM/IS 75-300 beauty from Canon. It helped me learn a ton, get use to using AF, over several productive hobbyist film years. A few yrs back it found it's way on to my 40D, just wanted to shoot it for fun, got a few nice images from it including the one you can find at the link below...
Onion Flower and Bee
Making images that please you 'right now' is what's most important, just get out and shoot, enjoy, you can always grow into better gear when budget/wallet permits.