differences

Reasons to consider the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Image stabilization Canon IS vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Better telephoto 300 mm vs 200 mm
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50% more reach, less perspective distortion
More zoom 4.3x vs 2.9x
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Around 50% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Shorter 142 mm vs 173 mm
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Around 20% shorter
Slightly cheaper $149.00 vs $552.29
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The best price we've seen is $403 cheaper (3.7x less)
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Reasons to consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide minimum Very wide aperture Help
f/32
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM300 mm
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM200 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
f/4

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
70 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
76 mm
Weight Light weight Help
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM0.6 kg
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM0.7 kg
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$149.00
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM$552.29

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Competitors

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Sports lens

$1,503 - $1,799

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Wider aperture
Weight Heavier
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Wide angle lens

$100 - $849

Length Shorter
Min focal length Better wide angle
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$149 - $699

Zoom range Much more zoom
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Competitors

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$149 - $400

Zoom range More zoom
Min focal length Better wide angle
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Telephoto lens

$1,019 - $1,099

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Wildlife lens

$400 - $449

Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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