differences

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

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
Lighter 1 kg vs 1.5 kg
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Around 30% lighter
Cheaper $1,104.69 vs $1,625.00
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The best price we've seen is $520 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Reasons to consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/4
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At its widest, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Better image stabilization Canon IS II vs Canon IS
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Less risk of blur
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the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USMCanon IS
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USMCanon IS II
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM300 mm
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM200 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
70 mm

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

competitors

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

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

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

Telephoto lens

$1,019 - $1,099

Weight Lighter
Lowest price Cheaper
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Wildlife lens

$78 - $199

Lowest price Cheaper
Weight Lighter
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Sports lens

$2,195

Lowest price More expensive

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

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Wildlife lens

$1,668 - $1,999

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Max focal length Better telephoto
Wide minimum Much 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
Diameter Smaller diameter
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Wildlife lens

$1,140 - $1,397

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Max focal length Significantly better telephoto
Length Significantly longer

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