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
Shorter 142 mm vs 173 mm
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Around 20% shorter
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Reasons to consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
Smaller diameter 76 mm vs 89 mm
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More than 10% smaller lens at the end
Slightly lighter 0.8 kg vs 1 kg
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Around 30% lighter
Slightly cheaper $1,099.00 vs $1,349.00
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (around 20% less)
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similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Canon IS
Wide minimum Very wide aperture Help
f/32
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM300 mm
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS 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

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

competitors

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

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

Sports lens

$1,899

Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Weight Heavier
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Wildlife lens

$449

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture
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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Wide angle lens

$999 - $5,222

Length Shorter
Zoom range More zoom
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture

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

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Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wildlife lens

Diameter Smaller diameter
Weight Lighter
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Sports lens

$1,899

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Max focal length Worse telephoto
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Wildlife lens

Length Shorter
Weight Lighter
Aperture Narrower aperture

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